Bush's high-stakes summit with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was put off Wednesday after public disclosure of U.S. doubts about his capacity to control sectarian warfare. The White House said the two leaders would meet on Thursday.
The postponement was announced shortly after Bush arrived here for talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II and al-Maliki. Bush's meeting with the king was to proceed on schedule.
White House counselor Dan Bartlett denied that the move was a snub by al-Maliki or was related to the leak of a White House memo questioning the prime minister's capacity for controlling violence in Iraq.
UPDATE: King Abdullah didn't mince words over the weekend when pointing out how we could achieve a more stabilized Middle East: It's the Palestine, Stupid. Think he'll be that blunt with George?
Also, how much did Sadr's actions actually play in delaying this meeting?