I really don’t take any pleasure in McCain’s fall. I liked him. HIs ambition for the Presidency make him make some bad choices and his support for this horrible war flies in the face of reality.
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ROBERTS: Senator, did you mean to say that, that General Petraeus goes out every day in an unarmed humvee?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN (R-AZ): I mean that there are neighborhoods safe in Iraq and he does go out into Baghdad and the fact is there has been significant progress and people are stuck in a time warp of three months ago. Of course, itâ€™s still dangerous. Of course itâ€™s still very dangerous. We only have two of the five brigades there and we are already seeing significant progress.
ROBERTS: Because I checked with General Petraeusâ€™s people overnight and they said he never goes out in anything less than an up-armored humvee. You also told Bill Bennett on his radio program on Monday. You said there are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through those neighborhood today yet retired General Barry McCaffrey said no Iraqi government official, coalition soldier, diplomat reporter could walk the streets of Baghdad without heavily armed protection. Weâ€™ve got two different stories here. Whoâ€™s right?
McCAIN: Well, Iâ€™m not saying they could go without protection. The President goes around America with protection. So, certainly I didnâ€™t say that.