Man, I bet McCain is really regretting that stupid visit to the Baghdad market. The abject ridicule from the progressive blogosphere is to be expected, but the mainstream media is getting into the act as well.
The delegation arrived at the market [in Baghdad], which is called Shorja, on Sunday with more than 100 soldiers in armored Humvees ... and attack helicopters.... Sharpshooters were posted on the roofs. The congressmen wore bulletproof vests.... At a news conference shortly after their outing, Mr. McCain ... and his three congressional colleagues described Shorja as a safe, bustling place full of hopeful and warmly welcoming Iraqis - "like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime," offered Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican. - New York Times
MY WIFE came into the living room wearing a Kevlar vest, helmet and night-vision goggles.
"What are you doing?" I asked.
"Have you completely forgotten, silly head? We're going to the market."
I placed my hand at my head. I'd been so caught up in stitching a minor wound I'd received earlier in the day after going to an outdoor fruit stand that I had completely forgotten.
"I'm a dope, aren't I?" I said, chuckling, slowly shaking my head back and forth. She chuckled too, also shaking her head. We both chuckled. Then I winced from where a stitch popped.
Carol helped the boys get ready, putting on their sneakers and body armor. I phoned the Indiana National Guard so that they could radio the 434th Special Air Wing at Grissom Air Force Base, which in turn scrambled two F-14 Tomcats. Then we hopped in the wagon.
Carol and I moved to Muncie from Detroit. Frankly, we were tired of the noise, the dirt and the crime. Here, you feel so safe, as long as you move very quickly through the market, keep your head down and have appropriate air cover. Keep reading...