Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Irony Defined

April Fools

Josh Marshall summarizes the McCain April 1 "walk through Baghdad."

And here I think we have it. The aging war hawk, proving that security is returning to Baghdad by walking into a market encased in body armor, surrounded by rooftop sharpshooters and enveloped in a shield of a hundred soldiers, helicopters (Blackhawks), helicopter gunships (Apaches) and all after another group of soldiers went in for a pre-jaunt security sweep which, in the words of Larry Johnson, "searched for explosives, sent informants into the crowd, set up a perimeter, and secured the area before the Senators showed up with their 100 armed guards."

  TPM post

John Aravosis responds to a news bit:

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.

  Yahoo article

Too bad those now-dead six American service members didn't have 100 troops, 3 Blackhawk helicopters, and 2 Apache gunships backing THEM up.

  Americablog post

Indeed. How many casualties were these Senators responsible for in their irresponsible and ironic (not to mention, failed*) attempt to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse?

Where might those soldiers and helicopters have been had they not been on this "mission"?

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

*Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish. --Mark Twain

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