during the debates, john mccain wanted to pretend as if it’s obama who’s been confused about american foreign policy and america’s economic situation for the past eight years. he sniped:
I’m not prepared at this time to cut off aid to Pakistan. So I’m not prepared to threaten it, as Senator Obama apparently wants to do, as he has said that he would announce military strikes into Pakistan.
We’ve got to get the support of the people of — of Pakistan. He said that he would launch military strikes into Pakistan.
Now, you don’t do that. You don’t say that out loud. If you have to do things, you have to do things, and you work with the Pakistani government.
i agree, you don’t say that sort of stuff out loud.
but then why did mccain sing “bomb bomb bomb iran” last year when asked about his position on the country? because war is a joke?
And I’m — I’m — understand why Senator Obama was surprised and said that the surge succeeded beyond his wildest expectations.
It didn’t exceed beyond mine, because I know that that’s a strategy that has worked and can succeed.
as thinkprogress notes, mccain himself questioned whether the surge would work. he said, “I am concerned about it, whether it is sufficient numbers or not.”
and, “I am very nervous about this new strategy. I am very doubtful that we have enough troops. I don’t know if the Maliki government will be strong enough.”
furthermore, as i pointed out earlier in the year, mccain was against the surge before he was for it. where was mccain’s self-proclaimed foreign policy experience when he consistently said that the situation was improving? or when we he said we should just stay the course? and who was being naive when, in 2005, he said that we’ll be out in a year?
but yeah, john, we’ll sit back and pretend like it’s everyone else who “just doesn’t understand”.