McCain Really IS Dubya II

If anyone was still harbouring doubts about whether or not John S. McCain is another term of Bushian neocon idiocy, the evidence is mounting. What seems more frightening is that the evidence is not merely factual, as in, “Yeah, he said it…here’s the video,” but stylistic as well. The man not only gets the facts wrong, but seems to have only two options when called to account for getting it wrong. Option A: “I don’t recall saying that,” and option B: “I’m right” (even though he’s wrong).

For a man who stakes a large part of his claim on being the most prepared in matters of foreign policy and national security, does it trouble anyone that he believes Iran is arming and training Al Quaeda (they aren’t) and that the supreme leader of that country is Ahmadinijad (it isn’t)?
McCain said it was “common knowledge and has been reported in the media that Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran. That’s well known, and it’s unfortunate.”
This is not only factually wrong, but has a very Bushian smirk about it – the one George gets on his face when he’s saying something that he has convinced himself is true, yet knows people are going to argue the point…that look that says, “Only an idiot would disagree with me. This is just good, old-fashioned common sense.”
This would be less troubling if it weren’t for the repeated assertion that Iran is intent on developing nuclear weapons. Of course, there’s good reason to be skeptical about Iran’s claim that its nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful and domestic…but skepticism and bold statements that they are building the bomb are surely far enough apart to give pause.

Is the American memory so short that it cannot recall the same sort of mix-and-match-and-see-what-sticks justifications for invading Iraq?
After six years of war, the number of Americans who still believe Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11 has dropped to 33%. Perhaps that’s even more frightening than a senile warmonger running for president. One in three voters believe Saddam was involved, while Osama Bin Laden is now most commonly invoked when playing on racist fears about Barack Obama’s family name. It must have been one helluva rabbit dug this hole.

McCain’s flip-flops on tax cuts for the rich, campaign finance, lobbyists – these are all the sort of shifts one might expect. It should raise questions about character and philosophical stability, but fish swim, birds fly and politicians flip-flop.
Nevertheless, this campaign seems to be shaping up very much like ones past. Remember Bush – who ducked out of his National Guard duty – somehow managed to come off as stronger on national security than Kerry, a decorated veteran. Look where that got us.
Now we have a man who doesn’t understand the dynamics of the middle east at all, can’t name the leader of the country he suggests is the biggest threat, and he’s claiming that HE is the person to whom America should turn if it wants to be safe. While I appreciate and respect McCain’s service to his country both in and out of uniform, it is becoming increasingly apparent that being a POW in Vietnam for six years may not provide the sort of experience needed to sit in the oval office. The presidency is not a prize awarded to the person who sacrificed the most. Were that true, we would never have had to suffer George Bush.


2 Responses

  1. So… if it turns out that over 1 in 2 Americans is stupid enough to vote for McCain after all this, do you want to go rabbit hunting with me? That varmit has a lot to answer for.

    Judging from the size of the hole, we should probably use rocket launchers.

  2. Be vewy, vewy quiet.

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