I usually don’t blog about Iraq. Enough people do that. But I saw the other day that McCain and some other republicans are in Iraq and they want everyone to know how safe and secure downtown Bagdad is. How safe is it? According to today’s S.F. Chronicle:
At a news conference shortly after their outing McCain, R-Ariz, and his three congressional colleagues described Shorja as a safe, bustling place full of hopeful and warmly welcoming Iraqis
One republican, Mike Peance from Indiana even had this to say:
(it was) "like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime."
So what didn’t McCain and Peance want you to know? This group of Republicans, taking an afternoon stroll through the peaceful, pleasant market, were surrounded by
"more than 100 soldiers in humvees–the equivalent of an entire company–and attack helicopters circled overhead…The soldiers redirected traffic from the area and restricted access to the Americans witnesses said, and sharpshooters were posted on the rooftops. The congressmen wore bulletproof vests throughout their hourlong visit."
The article goes on to say how this group of happy Republicans disrupted the entire market just so they could get in a photo opportunity. And to tell lies. Anyway, McCain is running for president, so he is a perfect fit for what is currently in the White House, if you ask me.
Oh, and although this is such a sad, gruesome picture (taken in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk), here is what McCain and Peance and the rest of those people didn’t mention on their little trip through that market: