i know i haven’t updated the blog recently, but i thought i should at the very least, periodically explain why john mccain is dead wrong about his 100 years in iraq platform.
whether or not you were for or against the war in iraq from the beginning is almost irrelevant at this point. the major question is what to do with the situation now.
here are my first two reasons why america must set a timetable for withdrawal:
1) because it is illogical, immoral, and just plain stupid to arm militias during a civil war.
america has consistently shown that it does not and cannot understand the nature of iraqi society. once it invaded the nation, it disarmed the minority sunnis who ruled with hussein, and instead trained, armed, and funded the shia majority. to call this a colossal blunder would be an understatement.
it has then jumped around trying to plug in pockets of violence and has sat there as an entire neighborhoods have been ethnically/religiously cleansed.
no one knows up or down about iraq. heck few people in this country even understand the intricacies of american culture, e.g. the differences between rural and urban america, the differences among american minorities, the differences among urban gangs and militias, how on earth did anyone expect to understand ancient rivalries iraq?
it was stupid and arrogant to think that any outsider would.
mccain, the self-proclaimed foreign policy expert, has confused sunnis and shias on at least seven occasions…
in either a failed attempt to pretend as if the surge was working or simply because mccain wasn’t aware of the facts, he claimed that the latest iraq battle was a success for the iraqi army (it wasn’t) and that the mlitants were the ones who had asked for the cease-fire (they didn’t.)
on 4/1/08 mccain said:
“Apparently it was Sadr who asked for the ceasefire, declared a ceasefire. It wasn’t Maliki. Very rarely do I see the winning side declare a ceasefire. So we’ll see.’’
that this is completely wrong:
“the ferocious response by the Mahdi Army, including rocket fire on the U.S.-controlled Green Zone and attacks throughout the Shiite south, caught the government by surprise and sent officials scrambling for a way out of the crisis.”
it was actually the iraqi government that went to broker a cease-fire with sadr.
obama’s got his obama girls, and mccain has some of his own lovely ladies singing for him. they got gems like “it’s raining mccain” and “here comes mccain again” (where they just changed “rain” to mccain”).
Sen. John McCain
|“Extremist Shiite militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr is in hiding, his followers are not contesting American forces”
Muqtada al-Sadr, 4/9/07:
|“‘You, the Iraqi army and police forces, don’t walk alongside the occupiers, because they are your archenemy,’ the al-Sadr statement said.
Najaf – Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shi’a burned and trampled on US flags in the holy city of Najaf on Monday at an anti-American rally called by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on the fourth anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Large crowds of men, women and children holding Iraqi flags and anti-US banners massed in Najaf and the nearby city of Kufa to protest against what they said was an American occupation of Iraq.
Q: President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years — (cut off by McCain)
McCAIN: Make it a hundred.
Q: Is that … (cut off)
McCAIN: We’ve been in South Korea … we’ve been in Japan for 60 years. We’ve been in South Korea 50 years or so. That would be fine with me. As long as Americans …
Q: [tries to say something]
McCAIN: As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. That’s fine with me, I hope that would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where Al Queada is training and equipping and recruiting and motivating people every single day.
but when mocked for this statement, mccain changed his mind:
ROSE: Do you think that this — Korea, South Korea is an analogy of where Iraq might be, not in terms of their economic success but in terms of an American presence over the next, say, 20, 25 years, that we will have a significant amount of troops there?
MCCAIN: I don’t think so.
ROSE: Even if there are no casualties?
MCCAIN: No. But I can see an American presence for a while. But eventually I think because of the nature of the society in Iraq and the religious aspects of it that America eventually withdraws.
but the flip flopping doesn’t end there.
now, mccain has reverted back to his original 100 years in iraq position, and even wishes for us staying there for a thousand, million years:
The point is it’s American casualties. We’ve go to get American’s off the frontlines, have the Iraqis as part of the strategy, take over more and more of the responsibilities, and then I don’t think Americans are concerned if we’re there for one hundred years or a thousand years or ten thousand years.
mccain’s statement reveals a dangerous, chimeric naivety prevalent among america’s right today. it’s the kind of naivety that got us in this mess, and it’s the kind of naivety that’s keeping us there.
see why he’s wrong after the jump.
heidi montag from the hills has just totally endorsed john mccain! and not only thatz, but mccain also adores her!!
it’s so cute!! i like totally didn’t post this before! because i totally just thought no way!
no way is this NOT an april fools!!
but i was like totally wrong!!
so it all started when heidi goes:
“I’m a Republican and McCain has a lot of experience… I don’t think anyone cares who Heidi Montag votes for.”
but she was wrong!
john mccain did care!
“I’m honored to have Heidi’s support and I want to assure her that I never miss an episode of The Hills, especially since the new season started.”
and later on, he even went further!
“We were extraordinarily impressed at your ability to look right into the camera and lie about the fact that you’re a huge fan of The Hills,” host Joe Scarborough said (at 48 seconds into the video above). “Heidi Montag on your side – you got that going for you.”
“That was pretty good wasn’t it?” McCain replied. “Well, she’s a very talented actress.”
“He did it again!” Scarborough remarked.
tell me they don’t totally look adorablez guys!
(special thanks to dlisted for the pic)