Last April 1st, US Senator John McCain decided on a nice stroll through the open markets of Bagdad, looking mighty smart in a flak-jacket and helmet that was probably physically removed from one of our dead troops. Juan Cole said of the visit in The Salon:
Most reporters covering Iraq can remember a time when U.S. government personnel in the Green Zone could lounge safely by the pool. A week after it became official that such sunbathing would have to be done in steel helmets and Kevlar vests, McCain chose to tell Bill Bennett how safe it was to take a walk in the Red Zone.
The following day, it was reported that:
The latest massacre of Iraqi children came as 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.
Some people twittered in the cybersphere noting that Senator McCain, being a man who’s seen combat in his earlier years should know better. All of those people who interacted with him while he was showing off and fishing for Republicate votes for his failed compained were killed – including Iraqi children.
The issue here pretty basic: In a combat situation, never salute your superiors! Never!! Never draw attention to “the leader”, ever!! I learned this when I was in combat training and the logic is so completely obvious as the ripped off flak-jack on his chest! Now in the case of Iraq sunk into the midst of a horrific civil war, no matter what US Senator/US Representive is trying to accomplish – they should NEVER be caught interacting with the civilians in the open public. Never…EVER!!
Well, now Liebermann has to go over there and kill a few civilians himself…
US Senator Joe Liebermann (
R-CT) has decided he’s going to head on over and bask in the glorious sunshine and peaceful markets of Bagdad. With another large contingent of troops, and more than his fair share of Blackhawk helicopters, Liebermann trudges along hoping some Iraq civilian will “greet him as a liberator“. All in the effort to applaud his great commander and Lord God King George W Bush.
What he faced were a bunch of troops and one young man named Spc David Williams who had a stack of note cards filled with questions for the Senator. While Liebermann things life is going swimmingly in Bagdad, Spc Williams asked:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Spc. David Williams, 22, of Boston, Mass., had two note cards in his pocket Wednesday afternoon as he waited for Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Williams serves in the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., the first of the five “surge” brigades to arrive in Iraq, and he was chosen to join the Independent from Connecticut for lunch at a U.S. field base in Baghdad.
The night before, 30 other soldiers crowded around him with questions for the senator.
He wrote them all down. At the top of his note card was the question he got from nearly every one of his fellow soldiers:
“When are we going to get out of here?”
Afterwards, Liebermann decides to head on out to the markets and look for a pair of sunglasses (?) and get a few great photo-ops while he’s there. So, while you check out these rediculous photos of Liebermann – take notice of the Iraqi civilian man who’s looking pretty damned nervous there.
Anybody want to place a bet that the poor guy will be dead in the next 24 hours? Anybody? Huh? Anybody?!
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