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Happy Talk Express: the Aftermath

April 4, 2007

From the Timesof London, via Talking Points memo:

…The latest massacre of Iraqi children came as 21 Shia market workers were ambushed, bound and shot dead north of the capital. The victims came from the Baghdad market visited the previous day by John McCain, the US presidential candidate, who said that an American security plan in the capital was starting to show signs of progress.

There can be little doubt that those 21 innocent people would be alive today, if McCain and Graham had not conducted their offensively deceitful photo op. I don’t expect either of these gentlemen to rise to feeling shame. But one hopes at least the news will temper the ebullient joy Senator Graham had expressed at the expedition’s great coup: five beautiful native rugs for five bucks.

The two Senators have exposed themselves, in this arena at any rate, as contemptible buffoons. Cold fury, however, should be reserved for its proper targets: the insurgents who, had they not killed these innocents, would have spent the day killing or plotting to kill some other batch of Shi’a. And the feckless, ruthless, truthless devotees of summary imprisonment and torture in the White House, who chose to submerge the world under this protracted nightmare, just to prove to us all how very decisive, how very Churchillian, how very manly they all were.

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