To the tune of Johnny Cash's "I've been everywhere":
John McCain's been everywhere, man, John McCain's been everywhere.
He's been to
(Did you know he was in Vietnam?)
John McCain's been everywhere, man, John McCain's been everywhere
Yes, during the debate McCain told people he'd been everywhere (and he knew everybody). Of course, all that traveling doesn't make John McCain a smart boy.
Anybody remember this April 2007 photo op:
From Think Progress:
Sen. John McCain strolled briefly through an open-air market in Baghdad today in an effort to prove that Americans are “not getting the full picture” of what’s going on in Iraq.
NBC’s Nightly News provided further details about McCain’s one-hour guided tour. He was accompanied by “100 American soldiers, with three Blackhawk helicopters, and two Apache gunships overhead.” Still photographs provided by the military to NBC News seemed to show McCain wearing a bulletproof vest during his visit.
McCain recently claimed that there “are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhoods, today.” In a press conference after his Baghdad tour, McCain told a reporter that his visit to the market today was proof that you could indeed “walk freely” in some areas of Baghdad.
It's weird -- John McCain visited Baghdad and saw what he wanted to see! Of course a year later, that area was under Sadr's control -- and more dangerous than ever!
And John: The surge was a tactic to create breathing space to drive the fundamental strategy of creating a peaceful Iraq. That has not happened. Indeed, given that members of the Shiite government have been uttering eliminationist rhetoric about the Sunni "Sons of Iraq" -- the anti-al Qaeda Sunni warlord-led militias that were critical to the comparative calm in Iraq (at least as much as the surge) -- the prospect of increased violence is quite high.