McCain's "safe" market is site of massacre

The workers couldn't spring for guards, helicopters and gunships...
It almost seems like beating a dead horse to note this development but the irony is so biting it'd be unfair not to. McCain was spanked repeatedly over the past two weeks for his reality-challenged remarks on the safety of Baghdad and the progress in Iraq in general. Unless you're plugged into Fox News or your home page is The Free Republic, the idiocy of these statements needs no backup.

Well, numbers and trends are one thing, even if they represent mayhem and death, but direct contradiction is another; McCain's BS photo-op took a tragic turn yesterday: "21 Shia market workers were ambushed, bound and shot dead north of the capital."

"The victims came from the Baghdad market visited the previous day by John McCain, the US presidential candidate, who said that an American security plan in the capital was starting to show signs of progress."

One can't help but wonder if this wasn't in response to McCain's false bravado.
Evan Derkacz is an AlterNet editor. He writes and edits PEEK, the blog of blogs.
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