Congressman John Kline has just returned from a quick trip to Iraq and Afghanistan; the visit to Iraq was his fifth. Kline, one of the few Congressman professionally qualified to evaluate events in Iraq–he is a retired Marine Colonel–was impressed by what he saw there. Here, he talks about Ramadi:
“The security situation there is just truly amazing. Just amazing,” he said in a telephone interview. Kline said the Marine battalion commander there told the lawmakers that violence is way down.
“One of the great advantages of going is you can look and get a sense of what the atmosphere is,” Kline said. “People are going about their business, the shops are open, they’re walking around the street.”
Kline said the lawmakers were greeted by children who laughed, teased and asked for money. Adults smiled and gave the thumbs up.
“Just a sense of normalcy