Baghdad in the Midwest Cornfields

The delegation arrived at the market [in Baghdad], which is called Shorja, on Sunday with more than 100 soldiers in armored Humvees … and attack helicopters…. Sharpshooters were posted on the roofs. The congressmen wore bulletproof vests…. At a news conference shortly after their outing, Mr. McCain … and his three congressional colleagues described Shorja as a safe, bustling place full of hopeful and warmly welcoming Iraqis — “like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime,” offered Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican. — New York Times

MY WIFE came into the living room wearing a Kevlar vest, helmet and night-vision goggles.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“Have you completely forgotten, silly head? We’re going to the market.”

I placed my hand at my head. I’d been so caught up in stitching a minor wound I’d received earlier in the day after going to an outdoor fruit stand that I had completely forgotten.

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