JANUARY 30, 2006 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Fresh from an eight-day trip to the Middle East that included visits to American soldiers in the war zone in Iraq, Governor Huckabee says he never felt his personal safety was at risk. Huckabee talked about his trip yesterday at a news conference at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock.
He said security was tight for the group of four governors who traveled to Kuwait, Iraq, Pakistan, Iraq and Belgium. The security included travel plans that were kept secret from anyone outside the traveling party, their handlers and those with whom they were to meet. He said many of those people were summoned to a gathering place without knowing why.
And the governor said that, if the group wasn't in a safe compound with acres of secure area around them, they had to wear helmets and full body armor.
Huckabee said he returned with two big things that he wants to communicate to his fellow Arkansans. One, he said, is that significant progress is being made in Iraq, and the other is that this country is involved there over the long haul and won't be pulling out this year. As he put it, "It's not just Iraqi security on the line, American credibility is on the line...we have to finish what we started."