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Gov. Pawlenty visits troops in Iraq

Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in Iraq, his office said today.

For security reasons, the trip with the governors of Vermont, Missouri, South Dakota and Massachusetts wasn’t announced in advance. They were invited by the Department of Defense.

On Tuesday, Pawlenty had briefings at the Pentagon and visited troops at Walter Reed Army Center in Washington.

Today he landed at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait and then traveled to Baghdad for lunch and dinner with troops. He also got a demonstration of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 07/21/2010 - 03:13 pm.

    Dod briefings on Iraq for governors: is there something they’re not telling us?

    Why are we wasting resources on political junkets?

  2. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 07/22/2010 - 06:37 am.

    I hope the governor reimburses the DOD for his campaign ad. One thing I didn’t hear from our “fiscally conservative” governor is the fact that the Chinese has been financing our two wars. Both of which are examples of deficit spending.

    Were our nation’s affluence unbounded, the lives of our young soldiers of no value, and the rest of our global interests happy to idle while we mess around in the Middle East, it might be a nice hobby to play this game a bit longer.

    Show me the cost/benefit trade-offs, the opportunity costs in global presence and global readiness, the wear and tear on Army, Guard, and Reserve, the cost in dollars and lives, the price the American people have to pay to meet our “goals”. I would be interested to know how this fits with vital national interests.

    If you want to be a straight shooter, you have to shoot straight.

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