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Five members of Congress came under rocket fire while visiting a military base in Iraq Friday, Politico's Marin Cogan reports. They were herded into a bunker and guarded by soldiers while they listened to the explosions. But don't worry folks--they weren't scared, not for a minute.

Reps. Joe Wilson, Mo Brooks, Chris Gibson, David Cicilline and Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo were having lunch with some officers when they heard the "Incoming" warning over the base's sound system. A 107-millimeter rocket had been fired at the base and was found on the road outside. Half an hour later, the alarm went off again, and the lawmakers were herded into the bunker. Three or four explosions followed.

"I don’t think any of the members of our delegation experienced any fear," Brooks told Politico. "We placed our trust in our armed services, and they were very professional." The second half of that sentence is probably true. But the first half? This seems unlikely to us.

Evidence? Here's a 107mm rocket taking off:


Here's one landing.

Your elected representatives: Their blood runs ice cold.

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