Petraeus: McCain’s market trip ‘helped the Iraqi economy.’

On PBS yesterday, Gen. David Petraeus tried to boost up Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) much-maligned visit to Baghdad’s Shorja market: “He was not protected by a cocoon of security. Yep, there was security there, but he out — actually he helped the Iraqi economy quite a bit, bought a number of carpets, in fact.” McCain did not reveal his goods, but Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) contributed to the economy by purchasing “five rugs for five bucks.”