Cavuto claimed Bush's willingness to disregard "safety" concerns in Iraq visit might "say[ ] as much about the man as the mission he holds dear"

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Commenting on President Bush's recent trip to Baghdad, Neil Cavuto claimed that Bush "apparently didn't listen" to advisers who told him it was "not a good idea" to go to Baghdad, concluding that Bush's surprise trip may "say[] as much about the man as the mission he holds dear" and that "maybe, just maybe, the value of the mission is bigger than the man who leads it -- or heads into it."

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On the June 13 edition of Fox News' Your World, host Neil Cavuto praised President Bush for his decision to make a surprise visit to Baghdad on June 13. Cavuto asserted that Bush "apparently didn't listen" to advisers who told him it was "not a good idea" to go to Baghdad, adding that Bush's advisers were "[a]ll concerned for his safety, I'm sure more than a few questioning his sanity." Declaring that Bush "went to what some call the belly of the beast to prove all is not beastly in Iraq," Cavuto concluded that Bush's surprise trip to Iraq may "say[] as much about the man as the mission he holds dear" and that "maybe, just maybe, the value of the mission is bigger than the man who leads it -- or heads into it."

From the June 13 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:

CAVUTO: Well, I'm sure they told him, "Not a good idea, Mr. President. You're going in daylight; daylight is bad. Insurgents can see you, target you. Stay home. Talking up the troops in Iraq, sir, doesn't mean being with the troops in Iraq, sir." So, I'm sure they told him he'd be impossible to protect. Take a helicopter ride in Baghdad, well that would be like a scene out of Full Throttle. Probably told him he had nothing to prove, that these Iraqi guys in charge could take care of themselves. Didn't need to be the big guy, glad-handing them. Stay home, Mr. President. Enjoy Camp David, quiet there.

But President Bush apparently didn't listen. Apparently, he didn't listen to any of them. All concerned for his safety, I'm sure more than a few questioning his sanity. He went to what some call the belly of the beast to prove all is not beastly in Iraq. Nothing brings home a point like ignoring all other points. Hoping against all the cynics that the cynics are wrong. President Bush could have said that from the confines of Camp David. Maybe the fact he chose not to says as much about the man as the mission he holds dear, but maybe, just maybe, the value of the mission is bigger than the man who leads it -- or heads into it.

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National Security & Foreign Policy, War in Iraq
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Fox News Channel
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Neil Cavuto
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Your World w/ Neil Cavuto
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