John McCain is really starting to bug me. How much of an idiot does he think we are? Well, considering we elected Bush twice, I suppose he has good reason to suspect at least half the country is full of idiots, but it’s still amazing he’d engage in this kind of political theater considering his past.
It all started with McCain making a claim that Baghdad was much safer than it has been saying, “There are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods, today… [the U.S. is] beginning to succeed in Iraq.” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked him about it in an interview and McCain repeated the claim. Then Blitzer turned to CNN’s Michael Ware in Baghdad who pretty much said McCain was living in Neverland and he would love to know “where that neighborhood is, and he and I can go for a stroll.” Watch the clip here:
Apparently that didn’t sit too well with the good (ahem) Senator so this past Sunday, April 1st, McCain led a Republican congressional delegation on a stroll around a Baghdad neighborhood and told news reporters that this proved his claim was correct:
Well, here was McCain strolling, strutting in fact, in Baghdad. And he wasn’t done yet. At the presser, McCain, who was testy throughout, pointed out that the delegation had driven into town from the airport, rather than fly in Blackhawk helicopters like most VIPs. He also cited a drop in the murder rate as a sign of progress and got in one final dig: “American people are not getting the full picture of what’s happening here.” No guesses who McCain blames for that. “The media has a responsibility to report all aspects of what’s taking place,” he said.
There was just a few small details he didn’t bother to mention:
NBC’s Nightly News provided further details about McCain’s one-hour guided tour. He was accompanied by “100 American soldiers, with three Blackhawk helicopters, and two Apache gunships overhead.” Still photographs provided by the military to NBC News seemed to show McCain wearing a bulletproof vest during his visit.
Ya know, I bet I’d feel pretty damn safe if I had 100 soldiers, three Blackhawks, and two Apache gunships following me around as well though I’d think most reasonable people would assume that such measures indicate that things are quite as safe in Baghdad as McCain would like us to think.
Impress me, John. Take another walk for an hour, by your self, no soldiers, no helicopters, no bullet proof armor. Then come back and tell us how safe the streets are.
If you can come back that is.