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McCain strolls Baghdad with Armed Escort [VIDEO]

So, you know, things are improving...
 
 
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Last week John McCain was caught with his pants down, claiming that "General Petraeus goes out there almost every day in an unarmed humvee."

It was not true -- not by a longshot -- and he was forced to beat a hasty and mealy-mouthed retreat.

Today, McCain, who also said that "There are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods, today," went out to a market very close to the Green Zone with over 100 armed guards, 3 helicopters, 2 gunships (and a partridge in a...) before holding a press conference in which he reiterated his "it ain't as bad as they tell you in the media" storyline: "The American people are not getting the full picture of what's happening here..."

CNN's Michael Ware, who laughed at McCain's previous claims HERE was reportedly laughing at this press conference. Indeed, as you can see in the video, "microimprovement" or no microimprovement, Baghdad and the nation of Iraq as a whole is a mess...

C&L, which gets the hat tip on the video, notes this from Newsweek: "[I]t didn't take the insurgents long to send their reply. Less then 30 minutes after McCain wrapped up, a barrage of half a dozen mortars peppered the boundaries of the Green Zone, where the senators held their press conference."

Evan Derkacz is an AlterNet editor. He writes and edits PEEK, the blog of blogs.

 
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