Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Sunday, April 01, 2007
St. John In Baghdad
St. John McCain visited Baghdad today and extolled the virtues of the escalation. His big claim is that the media is not reporting all the improvements in Iraq and that the surge is working.

Further reading into the article reveals the truth:
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.

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.
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!

If/when St. John ever goes out into Baghdad without a military escort, without body armor and in a normal car and gets out to visit with locals, then I'll be impressed.