Sorry to repeat myself but when is the press going to stop referring to these trips by jetsetting Administration dignitaries as "surprise" visits?
From the AP (once again, boldface mine):
Rice visits Beirut in surprise Mideast tourUnscheduled? Sure. Unplanned? Of course. Unexpected? Great! But please, anything but "surprise".
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought to buttress Lebanon's fragile democratic government Monday after nearly two weeks of warfare, making this stricken capital a surprise first stop on a high-stakes Mideast diplomatic mission.