Come on Michael, do you really think you aren't 'the distorting lenses of the media' too? And let's not ignore the fact that any of these polititians will require tons of security, which is another distorting lense. (remember McCain's stroll through the market? Or Bush's quick in-and-out's?) Then there's the General's; think they'd like to get in a word with them too?
There is no such thing as absolute truth. One has to take information from many sources and try to synthesize one's own 'truths'. Polititions have better access, and I'd hope they use it.
I love your writing and admire your intimacy with our brave soldiers, but sorry; I take your words with a grain of salt too.
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