At today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, McCain seems to have gotten it wrong again, when interviewing Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus.
MCCAIN: “There are numerous threats to security in Iraq and the future
of Iraq. Do you still view al-Qaeda in Iraq as a major threat?”
PETRAEUS: “It is a major threat. Though it is certainly as not as major
a threat as it was say, 15 months ago.”
MCCAIN: “Certainly not an obscure sect of the Shias overall?
PETRAEUS: “No, sir.”
MCCAIN: “Or Sunnis or anybody else then?
This is absurd. And it’s not the first time he’s done it, either – there have been four other occasions on which he has stated that Iran and Al-Qaeda are directly linked.
And as for the actions of Muqtada Al-Sadr last week, McCain seems to be a tad confused as well.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday this morning Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) repeated the false claim that Muqtada al-Sadr declared the ceasefire in Basra last week, which he pointed to as proof that Sadr didn’t “think he was winning” the battle in Basra. He also said that the Iraqi army performed “pretty well”:
It was al-Sadr that declared the ceasefire, not Maliki. … With respect, I don’t think Sadr would have declared the ceasefire if he thought he was winning. Most times in history, military engagements, the winning side doesn’t declare the ceasefire. The second point is, overall, the Iraqi military performed pretty well. … The military is functioning very effectively.
In fact, it was members of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government who brokered the ceasefire, to which Sadr agreed. Experts agree that Sadr’s influence was strengthened — rather than diminished — by the Basra battle. Finally, the New York Times reported Friday that at least 1,000 Iraqi national soldiers deserted or refused to fight in Basra.
What is going on here?
1) McCaca is old and senile and honestly doesn’t know what he’s talking about; in which case, he is simply unable to be President; or,
2) He is insidiously catapulting the propaganda that Iraq would be doing fine if it weren’t for Iran; in which case, he is trying to drum up a case for war against Iran, and is a carbon copy of the Warmongerer-In-Chief.
I’m voting for option two.
I’m adding my voice to the “Any Democrat 08” brigade once more. Anyone considering voting for McCaca, or staying home, should consider his obvious intentions to continue and embiggen, if you will, the horrific policies of George W. Bush. If you want, as Teresa Heinz Kerry famously said, “Four more years of hell,” then by all means, help make McCaca our next Deciderer.
But be prepared for The Worst President Evah, Part Deux. Because “there will be other wars.”