The New York Times revisits the market where John McCain took his famous stroll, and finds the actual situation a little more dangerous than the one McCain tried to portray.

Baghdad is less safe if you don’t have 100 soldiers with you and attack choppers for air cover.

It shouldn’t be a rare event when a mainstream media outlet delves into the facts behind a photo-op event, but it is. (This sort of crap from CNN is much more typical.) Kudos to the Kirk Semple and his editors.

Bonus Now we get to see some wingnut heads explode as their desire to believe bad things about John McCain collides with their reluctance to believe anything published in the New York Times or anything that shows how badly things are going in Iraq. And of course McCain wasn’t alone in his gross misrepresentation of the situation; Lindsay Graham, Mike Pence, and Rick Renzi were all co-bamboozlers.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: