The pre-Iraq. The minor errand we had to check off the list before getting to what Bush had been planning all along. The "hitting the dry cleaners on the way" of regime change.
What I love about this story is that Bush said virtually nothing *about* Afghanistan whilst *in* Afghanistan. True to form, he used the moment to talk about how Iran's nuclear ambitions are the worst thing to happen to the global community since "new" met "Coke." Oh, and how it's OK for India to use the same nuclear technology that Iran is trying to use, because of some trumped-up language about civilian energy needs (something has to power those call centers, right?).
All in all, another pointless, taxpayer-funded jaunt to a bombed-out country that the President used to continue his ceaseless self-aggrandizement and rationalize his failures. Though I'm not sure anyone ever expected it to be anything more.