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