Carnage in Iraq? Bush Miffed at Criticism; Gates in Israel.

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Is this a farce?

Yesterday was the deadliest day in Iraq since the security surge began. Despite the military’s attempts to barricade the Sadriya market, a car bomb there killed 135 people. The total death toll for the day was 230. Defense Secretary Gates was in Israel, and promised that troops would “persist.” Meanwhile, back at the White House, President Bush became “visibly angered” when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told him, in the Washington Post‘s paraphrase, that he was pursuing a lost cause at the cost of American troops in order to protect his legacy. The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

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