McCain: “Obama doesn’t know shit about Iraq.”

McCain: Obama has no experience or knowledge on Iraq

“Look at what happened in the last two years since Senator Obama visited and declared the war lost,” the GOP nominee-in-waiting told The Associated Press in an interview, noting that the Illinois senator’s last trip to Iraq came before the military buildup that is credited with curbing violence.

“He really has no experience or knowledge or judgment about the issue of Iraq and he has wanted to surrender for a long time,” the Arizona senator added.
“If there was any other issue before the American people, and you hadn’t had anything to do with it in a couple of years, I think the American people would judge that very harshly.” “

Look, what’s the point in Obama going over there? Who cares?

Every time McCain has gone to the middle east, he’s confused our enemies with each other, or he’s told some lie about how it was sooooo safe to walk down the street. (See John McCain and that pesky law of noncontradiction)

I don’t care how many times McCain has been there. His foreign policy views are still fucked up.

-MC Spanky McGee

McCain’s Middle East policy: “Keep fighting the bad guys. Someday we’ll figure out why.”

This from MSNBC:

Mr. McCain said at a news conference in Amman that he continued to be concerned about Iranians “taking Al Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back.” Asked about that statement, Mr. McCain said: “Well, it’s common knowledge and has been reported in the media that Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran. That’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.”

It was not until he got a quiet word of correction in his ear from Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, who was traveling with Mr. McCain as part of a Congressional delegation on a nearly weeklong trip, that Mr. McCain corrected himself.

“I’m sorry,” Mr. McCain said, “the Iranians are training extremists, not Al Qaeda.”

This exchange doesn’t give one any confidence that Mr. McCain, running for the highest office in the land, has any grasp of the basic facts regarding the U.S. military presence in the Middle East (I refuse to call it a “war”).  

Perhaps McCain should bone up on all of the previously-given false reasons for risking the lives of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Iran before giving any more press conferences.   The Bush Administration has excelled at giving false reasons–there’s no reason to invent new ones:

1. WMD in Iraq (and now, allegedly, in Iran)
2. Saddam Hussein behind 9/11
3. Saddam Hussein connected with al Qaeda
4. Fighting terrorists there so we don’t have to fight them here
5. Spread democracy
6. Saddam Hussein (and now, the President of Iran) was (is) a bad man.
7. Iraqi violations of UN Resolutions
8. The 1993 assassination attempt against GHW Bush
9. Defend Israel
10. Bad intel
[Thanks to Hugh’s Comprehensive Bush Scandal List for the above false reasons, the tip of the iceberg regarding Bush Administration scandals].

Is the Iseman smear job on John McCain fair?

You’ve probably read the reports that John McCain has put himself into situations suggesting that he had an sexual affair with a 40-year-old female lobbyist.  Can this politically devastating information possibly be relevant to the current presidential campaign?

Not unless McCain has long-embraced and supported a political party that has consciously decided to make sexual moral pronouncements a major and unrelenting part of its political existence, all the while conflating the U.S. Constitution with the Ten Commandments and spewing this mentally stunted version of democracy in a holier-than-thou piss-on you-if-you’re-different-than-who-we-claim-to-be sort of way.  McCain, of course, is also a prominent member of the Republican serial polygamy club, another manifestation of Republican hypocrisy when it comes to alleged Republican sexual purity.

Those conservatives who get angry at seeing political smear tactics involving sexual innuendo need to shut up and take this medicine because they’ve all earned it by voluntarily associating with the modern day Republican party, a party that specializes in hypocritical villainizing (sexual, racial, immigration status, religious beliefs, you name it).  If those who are troubled by these smear tactics want these sorts of incidents to become irrelevant, they need to tell the Republican Party (by voting) to get government out of America’s bedrooms, for starters.

The next step toward redemption (for those who currently support the GOP) is to consider the real problem.  Remember, it’s not Vicki Iseman the lobbyist, it’s Vicki Iseman the lobbyist.   The problem is not that Iseman has a purportedly accessible vagina; rather, it’s that she hands out lots of corrupting campaign contributions on behalf of her clients.  Who accepts those contributions?  That’s the other part of the real problem: there is an immense amount of political/financial/campaign-cash whoring going on with regard to Mr. McCain, who claims to be Mr. Campaign Finance Reform Savior.  I’ve expounded on this more interesting issue over at Dangerous Intersection.