I have some news for Mr. Magoo. Having a “Surge” in the first place would have been a good idea.
John McCain and his super patriot followers love to talk about “The Surge.” They know that this issue works in their favor, since things have markedly improved in Iraq. While that’s great news for all of us, some facts work against the 71 year old Senator. First, McCain carries an ® by his name that he will not easily shed. This was a Republican war, drummed up by a Republican administration that was hastily entered in to (purposefully) before the country was allowed sufficient time to think it out. We might all like to forget the “freedom fry” and “smoking gun mushroom clouds” PR work, or we might all like to have never heard about the “cake walk” and “oil revenue reconstruction” discussions that were going on behind closed doors. We shouldn’t. It’s all public record. McCain was right there for every bit of it, and all the ends justify the means logic he employs now can’t change that.
Another matter of public record is the fact that there never should have been a surge. For all the talk of “commanders on the ground,” McCain’s team only listened to the Generals who were their bootlickers.
General Eric Schinseki told congress before the war started that we didn’t have enough troops to carry out a war of occupation. He was right, and there would be plenty of American Soldiers alive today had he been listened too.
Instead, Schinseki was sent packing and John McCain didn’t raise his voice one time to object. That is one example of McCain’s lack of spine. Time and time again when McCain needs to be a maverick, he fails. Later, when it is good for his political career, he finds his voice.
For example, McCain now decries the Katrina fiasco.
What was he doing that day? Pictures speak a thousand words. THEN, John McCain was eating cake and taking up Bush’s time. NOW, he admits it “never should have happened.”
So here we are….
Right on cue, it is now nearly August, and the GOP playbook is being employed before our very eyes. Seeing that a wrecked economy is an anchor around his neck, and that his campaign is not doing well, McCain has decided to question Barack Obama’s patriotism. He is personally impugning Barack Obama’s character, just as every GOP nominee since the elder Bush has done before him. His hope is to instill fear in the electorate.
It seems that when we need a maverick, we just get an old dog, and he can’t learn any new tricks.