WASHINGTON (AP) - President George W. Bush is headed back to the
U.S. after a whirlwind trip to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The president visited the Iraqi capital just 37 days before he
hands the war off to his successor, Barack Obama, who has pledged
to end it. The president wanted to highlight a drop in violence and
to celebrate a recent U.S.-Iraq security agreement.
But what got all the attention was the angry Iraqi TV reporter
who hurled his shoes at Bush in a near-miss. Reaction in Iraq was
swift but mixed, with some condemning the act and others applauding
The president then traveled to Afghanistan, where he was cheered
by U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base. Bush also took a helicopter ride
to Kabul to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (HAH'-mihd
After their meeting, Bush said he told Karzai: "You can count
on the United States."