A Responsible Plan

by digby

From Think Progress:

On April 1, 2007, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) strolled through the open-air Shorja market in Baghdad in an effort to prove that Americans are “not getting the full picture” of what’s going on in Iraq. In a press conference after his Baghdad tour, McCain told a reporter that his visit to the market was proof that people could “walk freely” in parts of Baghdad.

What McCain failed to mention was that he was accompanied by “100 American soldiers, with three Blackhawk helicopters, and two Apache gunships overhead.” He also appeared to be wearing a bulletproof vest during his visit.

Since that trip, McCain has claimed that the situation in Iraq has improved even more. A few months ago, McCain claimed that “we’ve succeeded militarily” in Iraq. Things, of course, are going so well, that he wants to keep U.S. troops there for at least 100 years.

McCain is now back in Iraq for a “surprise visit with Iraqi and American diplomatic and military leaders.” He is joined by fellow Iraq war defenders Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). But it’s unlikely they will be visiting the Shorja market again. Today, CNN reported that they tried to visit the Shorja market, but it was too unsafe and they were unable to go.

The conventional wisdom in the news these days is that the "surge" is working and the polls show that it's having its effect on the public. People are starting to believe that the Bush/McCain Iraq policy is succeeding. It's not. Any reduction in violence is temporary at best and dependent upon a large contingent of US troops for the foreseeable future. Even The Man Called Petraeus admits that the political reconciliation for which the surge was allegedly designed to create is still not happening.

Tomorrow at 2:30 PM at the Take Back America conference, a group progressive congressional candidates will introduce a responsible plan to withdraw from Iraq:

Stay tuned ...