Peace on earth?
Christmas is in the air here at the White House. There is no gaggle today, there is no briefing. All is calm, all is bright. President Bush has an empty public schedule, which would give the outward appearance that there is hardly a soul stirring. But nothing could be further from the truth.
With decisions soon to be made by the President on what direction to take the war in Iraq and whether to expand the Army and Marine Corps, there is very much happening here. But it's all very private as the President attempts to map out a strategy for victory that will play out well with his generals, the Congress and the American public. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will soon be back from Iraq to give the President his candid assessment on what needs to be done to get the job done.
Also in the not so distant future is the trial of Vice President Dick Cheney's former aide Scooter Libby -- scheduled to start in the middle of January. Libby, you might remember, is charged with perjury and obstruction after allegedly lying to an FBI agent and a grand jury investigating who outed Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.
And tomorrow, Friday, before the President and first lady depart for a Christmas holiday at Camp David -- a somber visit by them to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Silver Spring, Md., to visit veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's always an emotional visit for the First Family and a reminder of wars not finished.
The serenity of Camp David, with logs crackling away in its fireplaces and gentle walks in the woods, is a perfect Currier & Ives illustration for the front of a Christmas card. But what to write inside is a little more complicated.
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