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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

What is Going On with John McCain?

He absolutely, positively refuses to get the most basic elements of the Iraq occupation correct.
At today's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, McCain seems to have gotten it wrong again, when interviewing Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus.

MCCAIN: "There are numerous threats to security in Iraq and the future
of Iraq. Do you still view al-Qaeda in Iraq as a major threat?"

PETRAEUS: "It is a major threat. Though it is certainly as not as major
a threat as it was say, 15 months ago."

MCCAIN: "Certainly not an obscure sect of the Shias overall?

PETRAEUS: "No, sir."

MCCAIN: "Or Sunnis or anybody else then?
What is he, guessing?

This is absurd. And it's not the first time he's done it, either - there have been four other occasions on which he has stated that Iran and Al-Qaeda are directly linked.

And as for the actions of Muqtada Al-Sadr last week, McCain seems to be a tad confused as well.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday this morning Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) repeated the false claim that Muqtada al-Sadr declared the ceasefire in Basra last week, which he pointed to as proof that Sadr didn’t “think he was winning” the battle in Basra. He also said that the Iraqi army performed “pretty well”:

It was al-Sadr that declared the ceasefire, not Maliki. … With respect, I don’t think Sadr would have declared the ceasefire if he thought he was winning. Most times in history, military engagements, the winning side doesn’t declare the ceasefire. The second point is, overall, the Iraqi military performed pretty well. … The military is functioning very effectively.

In fact, it was members of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government who brokered the ceasefire, to which Sadr agreed. Experts agree that Sadr’s influence was strengthened — rather than diminished — by the Basra battle. Finally, the New York Times reported Friday that at least 1,000 Iraqi national soldiers deserted or refused to fight in Basra.

What is going on here?

There are two possibilities here, neither of them good.

1) McCaca is old and senile and honestly doesn't know what he's talking about; in which case, he is simply unable to be President; or,

2) He is insidiously catapulting the propaganda that Iraq would be doing fine if it weren't for Iran; in which case, he is trying to drum up a case for war against Iran, and is a carbon copy of the Warmongerer-In-Chief.

I'm voting for option two.

I'm adding my voice to the "Any Democrat 08" brigade once more. Anyone considering voting for McCaca, or staying home, should consider his obvious intentions to continue and embiggen, if you will, the horrific policies of George W. Bush. If you want, as Teresa Heinz Kerry famously said, "Four more years of hell," then by all means, help make McCaca our next Deciderer.

But be prepared for The Worst President Evah, Part Deux. Because "there will be other wars."


Woody (Tokin' Lib'rul/Rogue Scholar & O'erall Helluvafella!) said...

Being demonstrably demented, senescent, and alzheimered up to the orange roots of his ornate coiffure did NOT prevent the People from 'electing' the Gipper (TWICE) and even now honoring him as one of the 'great' presidents in USer history.

The point being, why would anyone think an equally demented, senescent, clinically insane WAR HERO cannot also find his niche in the pantheon of pathetic USer 'leaders'?

Get ready (renew your passport, buy gold, get your shots updated) for the NEXT "great Murkin Hero" preznit!

madamab said...

Should the SD's be sensible enough to nominate HRC, she will be our next President.

Should they be morons and nominate Obama, hubby and I may check out the scenery in France. ;-)

Timmy B said...

Ahhh, it's finally getting out that this guy is scary. I will keep repeating my rant. You do NOT want McSame in the WH. We need to get this primary over so his buttons can really get pushed. I want to see him go ballistic on TV.

madamab said...

timmy b - did you check out the Raw Story exclusive on McCain calling his wife a c**t in public - and getting into fisticuffs with fellow Republic Rick Renzi?

The guy is an angry lunatic. No more wackos with fingers on the nuclear trigger, please...

Timmy B said...

I saw those stories. To call her that anywhere shows you what type of jerk he is. I've read where he holds massive grudges, and won't talk to people he's mad at. Yeah, we need another one whose aides are afraid to give him bad news. I wish I were a fly on the wall when then Repub Gov. Jane Hull came out for Bush instead of McSame in the 2000 primary. Talk about nuclear.

Southern Beale said...

I watched a bit of the hearings yesterday and I swear to God John McCain was dozing for a big part of them. The camera focused on him him for quite a while and his eyes were closed the whole time.

I'm increasingly convinced that McCain is too old and infirm to handle this job. I'm sure that's why the MIC wants him in there, after all Bush did such a bang-up job as First Puppet. But I don't think this country can survive another 4 years of that.

madamab said...

I agree with what you said on Eschaton: Where are his health records?

What is he hiding?