As they were leaving, their plane came under attack by rocket-propelled grenades, and it took the pilot's evasive maneuvers to keep them from being shot out of the sky. You might expect that this close encounter with reality would give these lawmakers pause about sticking to the "company line" about the debacle that is Iraq, but once a shill always a shill, and a shill shall shill as he must--no shilly-shallying around for these boys. Links to relevant articles from Think Progress are here and here.
The three Republican Senators were effusive in their praise for the "progress" in that murder-hole, despite that after what happened to them they can't fool a damn soul. It's that old problem about "lyin' eyes".
– “Incredibly significant progress has been made on the military front,” Martinez told the Orlando Sentinel.
– “I believe the surge, from observations…that they have made a lot of progress with the surge. It’s not definitive, but it’s on the right track,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) told the Tuscaloosa News.
– Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) told the Tulsa World that “his visit allowed him to witness firsthand the progress resulting from the ongoing troop surge in Iraq.”
The only Democrat on the flight, Representative Bud Cramer (D-AL), reserved comment.
Inhofe did go on to say, however, that he wasn't a bit afraid during the ordeal, and was actually "kind of excited". Wow, what a guy!
The gushing enthusiasm for the surge should be accepted for what it really is--a great stinking heap of "bushwa", as the unbiased report of the General Accounting Office clearly shows.
The Republicans can't let facts get in the way of a good lie. Never could. Never will. They are determined to answer the eternal question"How much shitt can a good shill shill if a good shill must shill shitt?".