Friday, November 17, 2006

All We Are Saying Is Give War A Chance

Sen. John McCain was, and continues to be, the biggest cheerleader of the Iraq war--even as the facts make him look absurd. He also seems eager to push the William Kristol line of attack, attack, attack (Iran, Syria, etc.). I don't trust McCain to protect us. As we see every day, going to war in Iraq has made us less safe. I could go on and on, but his judgement about sending more troops to Iraq seems a bit off. At least according to Gen. Abizaid:
Senator McCain, I met with every divisional commander, General Casey, the core commander, General Dempsey, we all talked together. And I said, in your professional opinion, if we were to bring in more American Troops now, does it add considerably to our ability to achieve success in Iraq? And they all said no.
So McCain is off on Iraq. Check. He's courting the religious right with a fervor that not even Bush had. Check. He's adopting the Grover Norquist economic strategy (e.g. starve the government so we can drown it in a bathtub). Check. I thought the 2006 election was evidence that the American people rejected the Bush philosophy. Why then is McCain running to the right of Bush now? If those are the positions one needs to take to win a GOP nomination, I don't think the GOP is going to be around much longer.


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