Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs Makes Unannounced Trip to Baghdad during Ahmadinejad's Visit There

We find it unlikely that this ‘unannounced’ visit wasn’t in some way connected to Ahmadinejad’s presence. Did a ‘secret’ meeting take place between the Iranian leader and Mullen, or was this a way to underline the fact that the US controls Iraq? — PID

Mar 3, 2008 (NY TIMES) — /SNIP/ Adm. Mike Mullen arrived in Baghdad on Saturday on an unannounced trip to meet with commanders and Iraqi officials before a series of briefings he is to give President Bush in April about the future of the war effort. There were no plans for Admiral Mullen and Mr. Ahmadinejad, who is to arrive on Sunday, to cross paths, and the timing of their visits appeared to be coincidental. Full Report