Yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN that that President Bush's escalation in Iraq is going so well, "General Petraeus goes out there almost every day in an unarmed humvee." On Monday, he told radio host Bill Bennett that there "are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods, today."
This morning, during an interview with McCain, CNN's John Roberts rebutted McCain's assertions, stating, "I checked with General Petraeus's people overnight and they said he never goes out in anything less than an up-armored humvee." He added that a new report by retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey "said no Iraqi government official, coalition soldier, diplomat reporter could walk the streets of Baghdad without heavily armed protection."
Faced with overwhelming evidence that he was wrong, McCain denied he'd ever said it: "Well, I'm not saying they could go without protection. The President goes around America with protection. So, certainly I didn't say that." Watch it:
I guess McCain doesn't quite understand videotape yet!
CNN's Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware, who has lived in Iraq for four years, said military sources greeted McCain's comments yesterday with "laughter down the line."
Update, links, comments at the site. To quote one comment:
Butter'n jam him. He's toast.
Got ta thinkin' about it, and maybe McCain was talkin' about this Bagdad. Pretty safe to walk around in, unless you're afraid of ghosts.
...you'll find a large tree set back about 200 feet from the road on the right side. At this point you're standing in downtown Bagdad.