John McCain (R-AZ) and three congressmen took a stroll through the Shorja, the central market in Baghdad, the other day, and pronounced it safe and a symbol of progress through the "surge." They neglected to mention that they had been accompanied by a company of US troops, that the area had been scouted in advance and that there were attack helicopters overhead.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) pronounced the market "like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime."
Oh, yeah? And when you go to those markets in your home state, Congressman, do you wear a flak jacket like you were on Sunday? (Maybe they offer REALLY great bargains in Indiana farmers' markets.)