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McCain lauds security during Baghdad visit

by EdH / April 2, 2007 1:46 AM PDT

After going to Shorja market -- where a triple car bombing in February killed 79 people and wounded 170 -- McCain told reporters at a Green Zone news conference that the recent surge of U.S. troops gives the military "a very good chance of bringing security."

"The American people are not getting the full picture of what's happening here. They are not getting the full picture of the drop in murders, the establishment of security outposts throughout the city, the situation in Anbar, the deployment of additional Iraqi brigades who are performing well and other signs of progress," he said.

Uh oh! How dare he say that?!
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Easy for him to say
by Josh K / April 2, 2007 2:48 AM PDT
Accompanied by a military escort, the delegation traveled in armored Humvees to Baghdad's main marketplace.....

I'm sure it was quite safe under those conditions.
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So what?
by EdH / April 2, 2007 4:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Easy for him to say

That's just silly. I does not in any way invalidate what he had to say.

Are YOU there? Do YOU know better than he does?

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Shortly thereafter
by JP Bill / April 2, 2007 4:50 AM PDT
McCain in Iraq Hits Negative Press Coverage -- Just As More Negatives Arrive

BAGHDAD After a heavily guarded trip to a Baghdad market, Sen. John McCain insisted Sunday that a U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown in the capital was working and said Americans lacked a "full picture" of the progress. The U.S. military later reported six soldiers were killed in roadside bombings southwest of Baghdad.

Sen. McCain criticized reports out of Iraq he said focused unfairly on violence, saying Sunday that Americans were not getting a "full picture" of progress in the security crackdown in the capital.

An Iraqi military spokesman said, meanwhile, that militants fleeing the crackdown have made areas outside the capital "breeding grounds for violence," spreading deadly bombings and sectarian attacks to areas once relatively untouched.

[Newsweek reported that "it 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."]

McCain, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, was combative during a press conference in the military's media center in the heavily guarded Green Zone, and responded testily to a question about remarks he had made in the United States last week that it was safe to walk some Baghdad streets.

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