Tuesday, April 03, 2007

McCain Isn't Fooling Anyone

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (in the baseball cap) ditched his Straight Talk Express for an armored Humvee with full military escort to take him to his "stroll" in Baghdad's central marketplace, called Shorja.

McCain, The Decider's biggest Iraq-war justifier and presidential wanna-be, later made the claim that, "The American people are not getting the full picture of what's happening here"..... there are "signs of progress."

McCain even went so far as to assert, "There are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through - today."

Now anyone who has watched CNN's veteran Iraq war correspondent Michael Ware knows that Ware is the actual hands-down holder of the Straight Talk label. Upon hearing McCain's comment about his April Fool's Day visit to Baghdad, Ware snorted through his boxer's nose, "I don't know what part of Neverland Senator McCain is talking about when he says we can go strolling in Baghdad"

Who to believe?

Well, how about the merchants in Baghdad's Shorja marketplace.

When they heard that McCain had said that the new security plan for the city was working, they were incredulous. "What are they talking about?" Ali Jassim Faiyad, the owner of an electrical appliances shop in the market said Monday, "The security procedures were abnormal!"

The delegation arrived at the market with more than 100 soldiers in armored Humvees.... the equivalent of an entire company.... and attack helicopters circled overhead while soldiers redirected traffic from the area and restricted access to the Americans.... sharpshooters were posted on the roofs.

"They paralyzed the market when they came," Faiyad said, "This was only for the media."

He added, "This will not change anything."

Maybe McCain's crooked talk about the actual deadly dangerous situation in Iraq is one reason why McCain posted a lackluster third-place finish in the GOP presidential campaign money-raising sweepstakes for the first three months of the year.... behind Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani.

So, what's a caught-in-Neverland-talking candidate to do?

Maybe McCain can pop out of his Straight Talk Express and yell "April Fool!"

But, it's probably too late for that now. Regardless of how he tries to sugarcoat the continued occupation of Iraq, McCain isn't fooling many into climbing aboard his backfiring campaign bus.

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