Friday, April 06, 2007

The bullshit express...

I used to have some respect for McCain. In fact, had he won the primary against Bush, {which he should have - a war hero vs. an idiot} I would have voted for him. But, even after the despicable attacks against him by the Bush camp in that primary, he still came out strong for Bush once "Duhbya" had the nod from the Republican party.

Unfortunately there have been one example after another that the "straight talk express" is actually the bullshit express. For instance, he along with Republican Sen. John Warner & Lindsey Graham took a stand against Bush's assault on habeas corpus, torture, etc. via the Military Commissions Act of 2006. A valiant effort, at first. But eventually McCain, along with Warner and Graham capitulated and gave Bush & Co. basically what they'd wanted all along, a blank check on thwarting international law, especially those laws that protect against basic human violations, the treatment of prisoners/detainees or anyone Bush & Co. doesn't like.

Of course then there is his recent 2008 election pandering to those he had previously referred to as "agents of intolerance" — Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson. And this after his comments from the same time period, "Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right." What a hypocrite!

Now we have the incident last week where he made his little propaganda/reelection appearance in Baghdad to "prove" that the media has been merely exaggerating how bad things are in Iraq. He "proved" this by walking through a market without being blown up, this is after the area had been fully swept by military units, having a contingent of 100 military personnel around him, including black hawk helicopters, oh, and he wore a flack jacket. Hmmm... I wonder why all the precaution if the area is so safe now?

I don't know what all this had cost in manpower and money, but it couldn't have been cheap and it certainly wasn't worth it. I think it is absolutely disgusting that a politician, a candidate for the presidency, and a former soldier and POW would resort to such a self-serving political stunt at the expense of not only the tax payer, not only local Iraqis, but especially the soldiers who are risking their lives! From not getting blown up in the marketplace, he felt he could claim that there are all sorts of positive things going on in Iraq which the media has neglected to cover... I suppose with the right planning, and the right security that things aren't so bad in Iraq, but for most folks without such resources, life is hell. But then, we're not supposed to talk about that. Such talk 'undermines the morale of troops'...

All of this would be so laughable if it weren't for the fact that real people are dying horrible deaths, suffering torture, retribution killing — daily. That includes both our soldiers and innocent Iraqis. But to top it all off, perhaps the most telling thing about all this was that the market that McCain had his little Bushesque photo-op in was attacked just after his visit. Perhaps in part because of his visit.

Now I don't know how many lives were lost because of that incident, but I must say given how phony the man has shown himself to be, putting service to the Republican party and getting elected above all else, I'm increasingly starting to wonder if the man truly gives a damn at all the sacrifice that is being made by so many on both sides in this quagmire. If he really did, I think he'd do a lot more than just keep supporting this senseless 'Bush doctrine' most of the time and acting as some sort of cheerleader for the fiasco that has become Bush's "Mission Accomplished".

At least McCain didn't follow down that path. Instead he said that, "Things are better ... but I am not saying mission accomplished."

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