Governor Pawlenty is in Iraq today visiting troops in the region. He's making the trip along with several other governors from Vermont, Missouri, South Dakota and Massachusetts.
During a conference call with reporters, Pawlenty said dramatic progress has been made since the U.S. sent more troops to the region as a part of the so-called surge.
Pawlenty couldn't provide any other details from the trip and couldn't say when he'll return to Minnesota.
This is Pawlenty's fifth visit to the Middle East. He last visited the region in July of 2009. The governor says he kept the trip private for security reasons.
Pawlenty will finish his second term in January. The governor has kept a heavy travel schedule since he announced last year that he won't seek a third term. He's visited 26 states, seven different countries and Washington D.C. He's also scheduled to go on a Trade Mission to Japan and China in September.
How much is the state of Minnesota paying this dude to visit Iraq? How much are we paying for his security? What does Minnesota have to do with Iraq?
I for one am very, very, very tired of my 650% increase in property taxes and the 5% increase in my income taxes only to have my taxes go to pay for his egotistical dream of becoming president of the USA while Minnesotan's are raped by his failed policies.