2/16/08

McCain't
By: Mark W Adams


Why is Tom DeLay still invited to mouth off on TV, making endorsements for
Republicans he hates, and why doesn't John McCain tell DeLay and Inhofe to STFU?

Hey John, I hear Bob Ney will be out of jail early and has nothing better to do but go out and give stump speeches on your behalf. Throw a brother a bone.

Maybe I should leave McCain alone right now, keep my powder dry for the Swiftboating to come his way. Let's just put it this way, George Bush was probably a better pilot than the Reverse Ace.
"McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat," explains Bill Bell, a veteran of Vietnam and former chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs -- the first official U.S. representative in Vietnam since the 1973 fall of Saigon. "Since McCain got 28 medals," Bell continues, "that equals out to about a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys -- grunts on the ground -- who had more than 7,000 hours in combat and I can tell you that there were times and situations where I'm sure a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by
comparison. The question really is how many guys got that number of medals for not being shot down."

For years, McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an overly friendly and biased news media. The former POW turned Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed to gloss over his failures as a pilot and collaborations with the enemy by exaggerating his military service and lying about his feats of heroism.
Just a suggestion for Senator McCain (R-Jurrasic Era), don't show up at your coronation convention saluting and saying you're "reporting for duty." Your daddy the admiral isn't around to spin things anymore.

Judging by the way he's conducted himself so far, leaning so heavily on his own press clippings and attendant mythos as the expert on the military, he should be in for a huge fall (the gravity assisted kind, not the season).
Speaking to reporters in Richmond, VA last night, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attacked "anyone" who points out that he is "fine" with keeping U.S. troops in Iraq for 100 or more years. "Anyone who worries about how long we’re in Iraq does not understand the military and does not understand war," said McCain.

He then added that it is "really almost insulting to one's intelligence" to question "how long we’re in Iraq" because he believes the current “strategy” is "succeeding."

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By dismissing as na├»ve those concerned with how long the U.S. military is mired in Iraq, McCain is claiming that top officials in the Pentagon don't understand "the military" or "war" as well as he does. In a recent GOP presidential debate, McCain argued, "I’m the expert" on Iraq.

Top military brass, such as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, have worried in the past year that "a protracted deployment of U.S. troops" in Iraq would not be a wise move for the military:

This is gonna hit the fan, big. At least Bush gives lip service to the idea that he'll listen to his Generals as they tell him what he want's to hear. McCain thinks he's some kind of military genius.

Of course, we may not have to go this far, seeing as he's such a crashing boor.


2 Comments:

arubyan said...

What I want to know is, which Dem candidate is best suited and most likely to effectively make these points?

Be realistic. I'll hang up and listen to your answer.

Mark W Adams said...

No Brainer. As Rosenberg makes clear in the post I linked, Obama is "particularly" suited to make this line of attack "utterly devastating."

One thing you have to realize is that as I waffle back and forth, since there is so much in Blogtopia speaking in favor of Obama, some of my pro-Hillary writing is only there to serve as a balance, not an endorsement.

I also have an enormous amount of negative stuff on both that I try to avoid. The GOP will have ample opportunity to bring that stuff up without our side adding to it. If only I could convince some of our friends to conduct themselves accordingly.