Alex Blaze

I can't believe it's not Indiana!

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 05, 2007 10:53 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Iraq, John McCain, Mike Pence, summertime in indiana

Remember that silly comment that John McCain made about how peaceful it was during his stroll through the market in Iraq when he had over 100 US soldiers with him three Blackhawk choppers overhead, and two Apache gunships, while he was wearing a bulletproof vest?

Yeah, well, guess who was with him? US Rep Mike Pence of Indiana, that's who. Here's what he had to say:

I candidly was not prepared for to find a marketplace where thousands and thousands of Iraqis were moving about like in normal everyday life. Like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime.
Yup.

USA Today has the appropriate response.

Update: Mike/Columbus in comments pointed me to this post by Glenn Greenwald about Pence's press releases from the past several years talking about how the war is going well (it's been going well in his world unabated since it started) and how WMD's have been found in Iraq. But here's something interesting from that visit to the Iraqi bazaar. Pence describes buying a rug:

The merchant almost refused to take my money. He kept touching his heart and shaking his head no. His eyes, like so many others, radiated with affection and appreciation. He wanted to give me the rugs. I insisted that he accept my ten dollars and, happily, he relented.
Well, NPR interviewed that rug-dealer, and here's what he had to say:
NPR went to Baghdad's Shorja market after the visit, and spoke with the carpet seller, Ahmed al Krudi: "I didn't accept the money. I said to myself, they must be guests, so I must give them a good impression of Iraqis. After all, we are occupied by these Americans, and they are accompanied by a lot of U.S. security."

Al Krudi says he is angry at the insurgents who bombed the market in February, killing dozens, but he doesn't like the American presence here either:

"We are not against the resistance. We are with them. However, he who claims to be resistance must fight the occupiers, not the Iraqi people. A huge number of U.S. forces came yesterday. Why didn't they shoot at them, instead of harming us?"

Feel the love, Mike Pence.


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Mike/Columbus | April 5, 2007 12:34 PM

If you were to read the Columbus paper "The Republic" you would think Pence does nothing but sit at his desk and put our press releases about all the things he thinks he is doing.

Here is a very interesting read on salon.com about Pence. It talks about his recent trip to Iraq and also gives a historical look at all his press releases over the past several years.
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/index.html

That's a heck of an addition, Alex. Thanks for sharing, Mike!

That last part of it - the interview with the merchant - just adds the cherry on top of this story.