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McCain needs small army to tour Baghdad market

Wow — mission accomplished. It really sounds like it’s safe for average people to stroll through the streets of Baghdad. McCain continues his fantasist mission to prop up the Bush Administration’s “Surge” effort in a PR appearance to soothe our anxieties about conditions in Iraq.  He says that we aren’t getting the full picture, so he took a little road trip to Iraq to show us the progress. He had a little help, along with a bulletproof vest (and a smidgen of air and ground support).

He says one sign of progress is that the Republican congressional delegation he’s leading was able to drive from Baghdad’s airport to the city center, rather than taking a helicopter as prominent visitors normally do.

McCain told reporters there are many other signs of progress, including a drop in murders and the establishment of security outposts throughout the city, as well as the deployment and good performance of Iraqi brigades.

He was also accompanied by Republican Sen. Lindsey “Queen” Graham, who saidIt will be a huge mistake to set a deadline. It (the U.S. troop surge) is working. We are doing now what we should have done three years ago. … The Iraqi people want their own destiny but they don’t have the capabilities yet.”

Last week McCain recently claimed that there “are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods, today.” Today he told a reporter that his visit to the market today was proof one could “walk freely” in some areas of Baghdad. Of course NBC News reports that for the Tool’s stroll today he needed “100 American soldiers, with three Blackhawk helicopters, and two Apache gunships overhead;” that doesn’t sound like something the average American would have if they landed at the Baghdad airport to do some sightseeing.

Hat tip, Think Progress.

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