McCain’s Neverending War – Video

McCain and his staff of GOP strategists, lobbyists and Rove minions have totally lost their marbles.  They’ve put out an ad attacking Barack Obama for not visiting the wounded troops in Iraq.  The ad states (Obama) “made time to go to the gym, but cancelled a visit with wounded troops. Seems the Pentagon wouldn’t allow him to bring cameras.”
The ad uses footage of Obama playing basketball with soldiers in Kuwait.  The implication is that Obama has time to play basketball but not to visit those who have sacrificed; that Obama doesn’t care about the troops; that Barack Obama cancelled the visit because he couldn’t have a photo op. 

The real question, however, is this:  Has the GOP lost its fucking mind? 

The McCain campaign provides no evidence for the assertion that being told he couldn’t bring media had anything to do with the trip’s cancellation.

Barack Obama:

the trip was canceled because of “a concern that maybe our visit was going to be perceived as political. And the last thing that I want to do is have injured soldiers and the staff at these wonderful institutions having to sort through whether this is political or not or get caught in the crossfire between campaigns.”

It does not strain the imagination to envision the attack ad that would be running had Obama been photographed visiting wounded soldiers.  Senator John POW War Hero McSurge would be stunned and outraged that a candidate for president could exploit those who had sacrificed in battle for a cheap photo op.
Faced with the choice between being damned for do and damned for don’t, Barack chose not to put those who had already given much in the middle of a shit fight.  That would seem to be an excellent bit of judgement.

In any event, the ad pushes the Horseshit-O-Meter into the red zone, which ought to cause McSurge more problems than it does for Obama.  The ad implies that Obama was playing basketball instead of visiting the troops when, in fact, the hoops occurred in another country at another time.  Besides being a lie, the ad shows Barack Obama draining a three-pointer.   One wonders if it’s wise for a 72-year-old candidate who can’t raise his arms over his head to use footage showing how athletic and healthy his opponent is.  People apparently voted for Bush because they wanted to have a beer with him.  With Obama, you get to the cold beer after a game to ten.  With McCain, you have to be careful he doesn’t break a hip while tottering about in his Alzheimer’s-like fog.

I guess it was inevitable that the GOP strategy would eventually become so desperate as to degenerate into farce.  They stole the White House, shredded the constitution, ran things like some schoolyard pickup Mafia/CIA black bag operation, thumbed their noses at Congress and the USSC, lied their way into an unjustified clusterfuck of a war and generally fumbled around for eight years fucking up every goddamn thing they touched, all on the back of manipulating the population with fear, lies and cover-ups.  
At some point, it all falls apart and the only thing you can do is keep running set plays til the clock, mercifully, ticks off the last seconds. 
And so this most recent ad – full of lies, misleading, insulting and reeking of Karl Rove – marking a new low for Republican campaigning.

Somehow, the mere fact of McCain’s service and sacrifice elevates him beyond inquiring if he has the right stuff to lead America in the 21st century.  Crashing a few jets and being a POW – a hero (if you can accept broadening the term a bit) – requires fawning admiration and deferential respect of such degree that merely asking how any of it is relevant is dismissed out of hand as foolish, impertinent, rude and unpatriotic if not downright treasonous.

Wes Clarke was fucking near crucified for suggesting that John McCain’s military experience might not qualify him to be Commander in Chief.   The irony in attacking Clarke was lost on the right.  If anyone has a service record that stands up to and surpasses Senator McSurge, it’s Wes.   Nevertheless, the debate continues with McSurge saying he knows how to win wars, he knows how to catch Osama Bin Laden, he knows how to fix the economy and he knows how to bring down the price of gasoline at the pump.  Of course, he doesn’t provide much in the way of details on any of that, and one supposes that he’s been keeping his Capture Bin Laden Strategy a secret in order to…well, there must be a reason.

It’s merely another example of how far down the rabbit hole America has fallen.  McCain voted for the war, voted for the surge, wants to keep American forces in Iraq until some undefined victory is achieved, but HE’S the one who “supports the troops.”  I wonder how many of those troops support the war, support the surge, want to remain in Iraq and consider McSurge their best option of CIC.

Watching Senator McSurge mumble and bullshit his way from gaffe to error to “senior moment” ought to be enough to convince anyone that this once honourable soldier has become a caricature, a cartoon…and embarrassment to the electoral process who ought to be sedated and given a comfy chair near the television in a veteran’s home. 

Watch this vid from The Jed Report


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