Katie Couric: Senator McCain, Senator Obama says, while the increased number of US troops contributed to increased security in Iraq, he also credits the Sunni awakening and the Shiite government going after militias. And says that there might have been improved security even without the surge. What’s your response to that?
McCain: I don’t know how you respond to something that is as—such a false depiction of what actually happened. Colonel MacFarland was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks. Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that’s just a matter of history.
Except—Gaffe!—no, that’s not a matter of history. In fact, the Anbar Awakening predated the U.S. troop surge. The surge began in February 2007; the Awakening began in the summer…of 2006. That’s just a matter of history. (Read the reference for the evidence as to why McCain is mistaken.)
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Why John McCain Should Not Be President
(Disclosure: I have voted for John S. McCain in two separate primary elections.)
As we wade through the vapidity of silly season, voters must keep attuned to the real issues: the economy, the war, the elections. Discipline is necessary in order to fulfill our citizens' duty to keep informed.
I can see many reasons why Barack Obama would be a far better president than John S. McCain, but one single item stands out as the deal-breaker for me ever voting for Mr. McCain again.
In a recent interview with Katie Couric, Mr. McCain took issue with Mr. Obama's characterization of the Sunni Awakening and it's impact on the stabilization of Iraq during the current US military surge.
OK, OK, apologists will allow that Mr. McCain, like all of us, will misspeak or get some details confused at times. But think about this for a minute. John McCain is selling himself not on his intellect nor his economic expertise, but on his security credentials. He will keep us all safe in a horrifically dangerous world.
Yet on the seminal issue of his candidacy: the US military surge in Iraq and the central front on terror, McCain gets the very kernal of issue completely wrong-- not a little bit mixed up, but 180 degrees off. And to add insult to injury, he then castigates his opponent who in fact got the issue correct!
I am as respectful as anyone else toward Mr. McCain and what he has sacrificed for his nation. His loyalty and bravery as shown 30 years ago are above reproach. However, it has become apparent that he lacks either the insight or the mental discipline to get the facts straight about the very issue that he has defined as primary to his campaign.
McCain deserves respect, but not the presidency. At 72 years old, it is indeed time for his retirement.