There’s an obvious answer to that question and Jake Tapper knows it, but rather than assert it himself he retreats into the “Look for McCain’s allies to claim” dodge. Fair enough. Here’s me being a McCain ally, and here’s the claim. Photos aplenty at Yahoo News. A better question is, why didn’t Obama put on some kevlar anyway to make things look more dangerous than they are? Points for honesty!

The airport-kevlar metric of Iraq’s security is actually a longstanding tradition on lefty blogs per the following golden oldies, touted at the time as a reminder that not even senior U.S. officials were safe in Baghdad with an army around to protect them. “Look for Obama’s allies to claim” now that progress is considerably more nuanced than any one photograph can capture.

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