Things are improving in Iraq so much that it's no longer safe for US Members of Congress to stay there overnight. Forget about visiting John McCain's little street market, they can't even visit the US Embassy safely.
The delegation's visit was harrowing at times. While visiting with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker at the U.S. Embassy inside Baghdad's walled, high-security Green Zone on Friday, mortar blasts landed inside the American-controlled territory.
"This recorded message played four times while we were there, asking us to move away from any windows, to get on the ground and move to the center of the building," Bachmann said. "(Crocker) stayed in his seat and kept talking with us the whole time. He never moved."....
Security conditions in Iraq prevented Bachmann from meeting any Iraqis, leaving the Green Zone or staying in Iraq overnight. She and other congressional members were required to wear full body armor, including Kevlar helmets, during the entire trip, she said.
They couldn't even spend the night. This is a new low, in terms of how dangerous Iraq is getting, even inside the Green Zone.
So one night is too much for a pampered, protected congresscritter, even in the Green Zone, but three, four or five deployments of 18 months each still aren't enough for our troops. How can they sleep at night?
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