Air Force One in Iraq

I haven’t heard too much about this, so I was kinda surprised to find it buried in a story today. On their trip home from Mideast Peace talks, the President and his staff flew over Iraq for more than an hour.

“Escorted by four F-18 fighters, Air Force One flew over Iraq for over an hour as Bush left the Middle East. The pilot tipped the wings to improve the view from 31,000 feet.

Bush sat on a bench looking out a left-side window with Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card beside him.

Bush seemed pretty familiar with the topography of the area, pointing out landmarks in Baghdad, including two airports, a predominantly Shiite area known as Saddam City and the site of the first night’s attack, to his staff.”