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If John McCain thinks that there is ANY place in Iraq where an American can walk safely unarmored and unarmed he is clearly delusional.
Retired General and US Military Academy instructor Barry McCaffrey reporting on his sixth (I think) fact finding mission:
No Iraqi government official, coalition soldier, diplomat, reporter, foreign NGO, nor contractor can walk the streets of Baghdad, nor Mosul, nor Kirkuk, nor Basra, nor Tikrit, nor Najaf, nor Ramadi--without heavily armed protection.
CNN Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware:
... [T]o suggest that there is any neighborhood in this city where an American can walk freely is beyond ludicrous. I'd love Senator McCain to tell me where that neighborhood is and he and I can go for a stroll. And to think that General Patrias travels this city in an umarmored Humvee ... in the hour since Senator McCain has said this, I've spoken to some military sources and there was laughter down the line....
Juan Cole, Informed Comment:
The US embassy in Baghdad circulated a memo to all Americans working for the US government in the Green Zone. It ordered them to wear protective gear whenever they were outside in the Green Zone, including just moving from one building to another. Guerrillas have managed to lob a number of rockets into the area in recent days, and killed one US GI on Tuesday.
The Green Zone is therefore actually the Red Zone. I.e., it is no longer an area of good security contrasting to what is around it. Senator McCain was more wrong than can easily be imagined. Not only can American officials not just stroll through Baghdad districts unarmed and unprotected by armor, but they can't even move that way from one building to the next inside the Green Zone!