One shopowner in Shorja, which was closed to traffic after the February bombings, said there had been a heavy security presence, with many U.S. soldiers on the ground and U.S. helicopters overhead.HEY MA! Look at this. I can take my helmet off! The escalation is really working! Can't you imagine the scene as all these big-wigs slowly, carefully, take their helmets off while anxiously looking all around ..... If you have enough troops, helicopters and VIP's traveling around in an area, you can go anywhere relatively safely!
Another member of McCain's delegation said the group had traveled in armored Humvees with the top U.S. commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, who had encouraged them to take off their helmets as they chatted to locals and bought carpets.
I'm a very lucky person with every allergy known to man but still happy to be enjoying a wonderful life living in the best place in the world!