John McCain wants to have it both ways, but unless he is suffering multiple personality disorders he is a liar on at least one count. (And it’s pretty clear which count that is.) While campaigning in Pensacola, Florida-quite possibly the most conservative and pro-war community in all of Florida-John McCain pronounced the Iraq war to be a success and has deemed it to be both “necessary and just.” This unqualified support of the war has never wavered with McCain. And yet, John McCain is also the very same man who has for the past year been acting like a delusional escaped mental patient by insisting that no one in Washington has been more critical of the management of the Iraq war than he himself.
Aren’t we tired of politicians who are unable to speak the truth?
First let’s examine the idea that the Iraq war is necessary and just. Well, that won’t take long. The Center for Public Integrity just released a list of almost 1,000 lies that the Bush administration told in order to gain support for Dick Cheney’s War. A necessary and just war doesn’t need even one lie to justify it, much less over 900. Not only is the justification for the Iraq war not, as John McCain would tell you, just and necessary, but neither are the reasons for keeping troops there. Justification number 833 from the GOP is that if we remove troops from Iraq it will descend into chaos and there will be a rise of terrorism inside our borders. Well, guess what; that’s going to happen the minute that US troops begin leaving, whether that happens in 2008 or 2028. So a vote for any GOP candidate is the same thing as a vote for perpetual war.
So we know that John McCain has been the most fervent supporter of this misguided, unjust and unnecessary war outside of the Bush White House. Let’s get to his delusional memory; perhaps it can be attributed to dementia brought about by his advanced age. John McCain is capable of looking people straight in the eye and telling them that nobody else in Washington was as outspoken a critic of the management of Donald Rumsfailed as he. The facts dispute this contention. The facts are that John McCain never criticized Donald Rumsfailed-at least he never did so openly where it counts-until after Rumsfailed had been out of office for some time. In fact, this self-anointed leader of the crusade against the Donald Rumsfailed hailed the former Sec. of Defense as a great American to whom we all owe a substantial debt the very day that Rumsfailed announced his resignation.
This is criticism?
Okay, let me try. John McCain is a great American to whom we all owe a debt. There, now I’m the biggest critic of John McCain. At least according to McCain’s delusional definition of what it means to be a critic.
Here’s the bottom line. If George W. Bush were allowed to run for a third term would you or would you not vote for him? If your answer is that you would love to see this country led by George W. Bush for another four years, then simply walk into that precinct and cast your vote for John McCain. On the other hand, if the idea of another four years of George W. Bush’s so-called leadership scare the hell out of you, then you’d best make absolutely sure that your don’t accidentally vote for John McCain.
You can’t have it both ways, either. You can’t say you want change and then vote for John McCain.