WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator John McCain said in an interview, he misspoke in his recent upbeat comments about security in Baghdad, where he traveled under heavy military protection.
McCain said he regrets comments he made after a tour of Baghdad last Sunday, when he said he could see progress and the American people were not being told the “good news” about the war, according to excerpts of his comments and a press release provided by “60 Minutes.”
Of course I am going to misspeak and I’ve done it on numerous occasions and I probably will do it in the future,” said McCain, according to “60 Minutes.”
McCain told reporters back in Washington that ” one could walk most streets in Baghdad in safety.” What McCain did not say, was that his “safe street walk” was due to his being surrounded by hundreds of armed troops and tanks, helicopters flying overhead and his wearing a special bulletproof vest capable of stopping a .50 caliber bullet.
Most of those working for the U.S. Government… embassy staff, consultants, contractors, security mercenaries, high ranking military officers, have NEVER ventured outside the security of the Green Zone, the fortress-like confine behind concrete barriers in Central Baghdad.
A young Marine corporal stationed in Basrah shook his head when he was told that President Bush, John McCain, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that they believe the military’s operation is showing “positive” early signs. ” “How could they know what’s going on?” he asks,” Where do they get their information? They never ask us!