This just in – an e-mail I received:
“The Daily Show” – absolutely the best show on television. This back and forth between Jon Stewart and “White House Correspondent” Stephen Colbert says it all:
Jon Stewart: It sounds like no one in the White House press corps had even a clue that this trip was going to take place…
Stephen Colbert: That’s right, Jon! Gotta give the White House credit on this one. My colleagues and I are incredibly impressed by how well we were misled. And this was for a good cause. Just imagine if they were doing something they were ashamed of? We’d never find out! This just proves that we journalists shouldn’t even try. Which we don’t.
Jon Stewart: …Clearly an incredible amount of logistics and foresight had to go into all this.
Stephen Colbert: Yes, Jon. This visit was an extremely well-coordinated operation. And the Bush team has learned a lot from this mission that they can now apply to the rest of their work in Iraq. For instance, when it comes to planning – do some.
Jon Stewart: That’s interesting…
Stephen Colbert: Yes, this Thanksgiving trip has shown the president that a lot of the best preparation is done in advance. Unfortunately, with regard to our occupation of Iraq, we did all our preparation afterwards. And now it’s a seething cauldron of death and rage. But hey! That’s why pencils have erasers.
Now lesson two of this Thanksgiving trip: With respect to an exit strategy – have one. What we saw last Thursday was a president with a clear idea of when and how he would leave Iraq: Specifically – at noon and full of giblets.