When is the Tool McCain taking his Straight Talk road show to Iraq?
The Tool McCain seems to think there are safe places in Baghdad to hang out, so surely he must be ready to do a photo op tour of these carefree neighborhoods where Americans can stroll the streets without getting blown up. He’s trying to convince himself that Dear Leader’s Surge is working. (Raw Story):
“There are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods, today,” he said, when asked to highlight something positive about what American forces have been able to accomplish in Iraq.
That was news to CNN reporter Michael Ware, who has spent the last four months in Baghdad:
“To suggest that there’s any neighborhood in this city where an American can walk freely is beyond ludicrous. I’d love Sen. McCain to tell me where that neighborhood is and he and I can go for a stroll.”
McCain also claimed that the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, General Petraeus, “goes out there almost every day in an unarmed humvee.” Ware said that statement was greeted with riotous laughter:
“[I]n the hour since Sen. McCain’s said this, I’ve spoken to military sources and there was laughter down the line. I mean, certainly the general travels in a humvee. There’s multiple humvees around it, heavily armed.”
McCain’s assertions also don’t square with Gen. Barry McCaffrey’s assessment of the situation on the ground (WaPo):
The government lacks dominance in every province, he added. One result is that “no Iraqi government official, coalition soldier, diplomat, reporter, foreign NGO [nongovernmental organization], nor contractor can walk the streets of Baghdad, nor Mosul, nor Kirkuk, nor Basra, nor Tikrit, nor Najaf, nor Ramadi, without heavily armed protection.”
“Well, I’m not saying they could go without protection. The President goes around America with protection. So, certainly I didn’t say that.”