McCain Commits To Ongoing War – This Should Commit Him to Election Defeat

mccain-bush.jpg Does John McCain have a chance?

Now with the backing of George Bush, Dick Cheney, and money and advice from Karl Rove, one would certainly believe this seals the deal for his defeat. Bush’s low popularity ratings, administrative avoidance of the media, and flurry of additional Constitutional defying acts, one would consider the Cheney – Bush team to be the least desired of endorsements. McCain would like to press on with Bush’s illegal war that was based on dishonesty. The facts surrounding the war have clearly shown that. In light of this, McCain’s judgment and integrity is clearly questionable. From McCain on the issues:

  • I would much rather lose a campaign than lose a war. (Oct 2007) Exactly what is winning or losing the war? Dick Cheney has already said the a war in Iraq could not be won.
  • Stategy in Iraq: defeat al-Qaeda; limit Iran’s influence. (Sep 2007) But Cheney said al Qaeda was never in Iraq.
  • Iraq is now the central front in the war against al-Qaeda. (Sep 2007)
  • Americans want to win; bin Laden thinks he’s winning now. (Sep 2007)
  • Democrats proposing failure in Iraq by withdrawing. (Sep 2007) Does failure mean not getting their oil for private companies?
  • Reducing military presence has never in history won a war. (Sep 2007) An Iraqi quagmire?
  • Bring troops home the right way: home with honor. (Sep 2007) The world resents our nose in other countries. Where’s the honor?
  • Surge is working; let it continue until it succeeds. (Sep 2007) Exactly what part of the objectives are being met?
  • Support the surge even if benchmarks are not met. (Aug 2007) Stay there no mater what happens? And for what reason?
  • Did not read NIE before war vote, but was fully briefed. (Jun 2007) What wasn’t it fully read?
  • If new strategy not working by Sept., we still must succeed. (Jun 2007)
  • Willing to be last man standing for US involvement in Iraq. (May 2007) Judgment?
  • Consequences of failure: regional chaos & we must come back. (May 2007)
  • In hindsight, Iraq invasion was still justified. (May 2007) Based on what?
  • Timetable would be catastrophe, even if Iraq wants it. (May 2007) Didn’t they say they didn’t want it?
  • Advocated leaving Somalia, but no comparison to Iraq. (May 2007)
  • War has been mismanaged, but we are now on the right track. (May 2007)
  • War in Iraq has not gone well: dire but not hopeless. (Mar 2007)
  • Al Qaeda may take over Iraqi oilwells. (Mar 2007)
  • Prefers more troops for surge, but 20,000 is sufficient. (Jan 2007)
  • Bush now has the right strategy, and it’s our last chance. (Jan 2007)
  • Generals advising “no more troops” was a failed policy. (Jan 2007)
  • If we leave Iraq, terrorists will follow us home. (Jan 2007)
  • Send in a heavy wave of troops to Iraq to establish order. (Nov 2006)
  • Looting, terrorism in Iraq a result of US mistakes. (Sep 2004)
  • The Iraqi war was necessary after years of failed diplomacy. (Aug 2004)
  • Saddam would have acquired terrible weapons again. (Aug 2004)
  • The Iraqi war was necessary, achievable and noble. (Aug 2004) Noble?
  • The cause of the Iraqi war was just. (Apr 2004)

But didn’t the government present bin Laden as the culprit of 9/11? Where ever did Iraq come from and why was it targeted before 9/11? Invasion and post invasion plans were a disaster, yet McCain voted for them.
The current administration finds waterboarding acceptable, and defends it’s use. McCain states that:

  • Waterboarding is torture; we’re not going to torture people. (Nov 2007)
  • Waterboarding is torture; & as A.G., Mukasey will declare it. (Nov 2007)
  • Torture supported only by people without military experience. (Sep 2007)
  • Torture is ineffective as interrogation & for world opinion. (May 2007)
  • Close Guantanamo Bay prison; announce no-torture policy. (Apr 2007)
  • Torture has never worked throughout history. (Apr 2007)
  • Hiding torture is wrong, and harms US credibility abroad. (Dec 2007)

Yet after proclaimed years of torture, McCain follows the current administration with 90% of his votes. Torture is illegal, it defies an agreement that this nation signed, and it compromises the safety of our soldiers around the world.

It’s really time to get Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, and all of the other rif-raf that has been hanging around the White House since Nixon and Ford out. Certainly a vote for McCain would continue the same flavor, and increase in government size and spending. Hopefully the incompetence and dishonesty of his endorsers will seal his defeat.

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