Saturday, July 26, 2008

Promises, Promises - Senator Maverick Man

EWolf Blitzer was the recipient of this particular news flash, though one might wonder why his pal George II hasn't been privy to his wisdom. We are now about seven years out from the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks and Bin Laden is still roaming around, quite free and unjusticed. If this is just another chicken in every pot kind of thing it's a little raw. If it isn't and has some reality, then questions about Obama losing wars to win elections begin to seem real strange. That Barack guy must be totally inexperienced.

"We have various options. The Nuremberg Trials are certainly an example of the kind of tribunal that we could move forward with. I don't think we'd have any difficulty in devising an international -- internationally supported mechanism that would mete out justice. There's no problem there."

Obama should have known better than to bring up such an idea early in the campaign, at that time McCain asserted he didn't understand the reference. Typical lawyer that Barack is, he knew nothing of one of the most influential court cases in history. McCain of course learned all about it in Hanoi after missing it while finishing at the bottom of his class at Annapolis. I could have that wrong, he may have sat in on the trial with the Steelers offensive line...or something...or the other...

But just so we have some sense of the value of McCain's promises; a March 2003 interview on "Hardball" had this question:

the people of Iraq or at least a large number of them will treat us as liberators?

Some people had questioned that idea so the Maverick let us know his independent thinking:

"Absolutely, absolutely... Not only that, they'll be relieved that he's not in the neighborhood because he has invaded his neighbors on several occasions."

Now you feel better, I'm sure.

How this butt kisser ever got the reputation of being Mr Maverick is beyond me. I remember Democrats in 2000 telling me that if he made it through the Primary they'd vote for him and I thought my head exploded. This corrupt plutocratic influence peddling ideologue waved his POW photos at the press and the public's mind melted. Chuck Keating disappeared from the public record, the telecoms were a day's worth of news - primarily when it looked like sex might enter the picture, land deals in Arizona only get play there - if at all. While he can speak in complete sentences and pronounce the words; the problem is that either the facts don't line up with the sentences or he's just completed another 180* turn. At some point all his spinning could be harnessed for power generation and we won't have to drill and drill and drill.

He's promised to balance the budget by the end of his first term, really, and not only keep the BushCo tax cuts for the ultra wealthy but tack on some more for corporations and keep us in Iraq for 100 years and ... and ... bring the stars down from the sky for an American necklace.

He knows wars, he knows how to win them, an experience from exactly where? Hanoi?? How the Hell does he get away with these statements this lacking in any real world evidence? He's run exactly not one single engagement, he managed to get shot down is what he managed to do in winning wars. He sat in comfort on an aircraft carrier and flew over the war - until he wasn't flying anymore and was a POW. He's demonstrated nothing about running wars. He may or may not have demonstrated bravery as a POW, it's immaterial, none of the thousands of others are running to be President and whatever he demonstrated has not squat to do with running a country.

When you stop to consider that a Northeast Oregonian nail bender has been right about Afghanistan and Iraq a lot more than John McCain that's not a qualification for me to run for President but it surely ought to disqualify that old man. Cripes, and this thing is supposedly a close race...

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