John McCain touts his judgment on Foreign Policy. He scoffs at Barack H. Obama for his perceived lack of experience in Foreign Policy. While McCain has been in office for nearly 30 years, it is clear that he has not learned very much in that nearly 30 years. McCain lately has been particularly rough on Obama about the “Surge” and how Obama was not on board with it. But it is not at all apparent that his judgment is superior to Obama’s. Indeed, the record indicates that McCain’s own judgment is quiet bad.
The jury may be out for months or even years to come on Obama’s point that the surge did not work; McCain’s own guesses on Iraq have repeatedly been off the mark. As the senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee prior to the invasion, McCain predicted Iraq would be a quick and easy victory, and even told MSNBC he had “no doubt” U.S. troops “will be welcomed as liberators.” (How did that work out, Johnny?)
McCain has missed even the most basic facts about foreign policy. McCain has said the surge of U.S. forces, which began in the spring of 2007, led to the Sunni Awakening — which started in early autumn of 2006, months before the surge was even announced. He said this on CNN.
He still manages to mangle facts on the ground even though he has been to Iraq many times. As a member of a senatorial delegation visiting Iraq this year, McCain made a big boo boo when he accused Iran of aiding al Qaeda and suffered the embarrassment of an on-camera correction by his friend, fellow hawk and turncoat, Sen. Joe Lieberman, that Tehran was aiding “Shiite extremists,” not the Sunni zealots of al Qaeda. This is pretty basic stuff if you are wanting to be the Commander-In-Chief of the most powerful Army in the free world. You need to know whom you are fighting.
During a Senate hearing not to long after the Shiite and Sunni gaffe, McCain was at it again. He asked Gen. David Petraeus to confirm that al Qaeda was far more than “an obscure sect of the Shiites,” and then, apparently catching himself, added, “or Sunnis or anybody else.” Is this confused man someone anyone would seriously want to be President of the United States?
“McCain apparently is not even certain about Iraq’s geographic location. He recently referred to a nonexistent “Iraq-Pakistan border.” (The two countries are separated by more than 800 miles of Iranian territory.)” (From the Fort Worth Star Telegram.)
Far worse than such embarrassing factual errors, the Senator has been at times tasteless and insensitive with his off-the-cuff pronouncements on various topics. His statement about keeping U.S. troops in Iraq for a hundred years is probably the least serious verbal blunder in an ever-mounting total. Leaving aside the key point that Iraq is as broken up as it is, is nothing like the stable South Korea (McCain’s model for an extended troop presence), his comment was still damaging because it ignored the probable reaction in the Muslim world. Al Qaeda and other radical Islamic groups repeatedly charge that the U.S. is determined to undermine their civilization and act as an imperial hegemon in their region. McCain’s “100 years in Iraq” banner gives those allegations credibility and puts moderate Muslims on the defensive.
But that comment was well thought out compared to some others. McCain’s “joke” at an April 2007 campaign stop, in which he sang “bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran” to the tune of a Beach Boys song, was beyond tasteless. (Side note, I first heard of this parody on the Rush Limbaugh Show maybe 8 or 9 years ago.) Never to be out done, Mc Cain just this month, again offended basic sensibilities when he joked that despite the imposition of economic sanctions, America’s unimpeded sale of cigarettes to Iran might be a good thing because “maybe that’s a way of killing ’em.”
Such gaffes display a disturbing lack of judgment. (That’s my little Johnny.) At best he has a warped sense of humor. “Foreign policy is serious business, and America needs a president who carefully considers his comments rather than shoots from the hip. The world is always watching and listening, and such thoughtless remarks can do tremendous damage to America’s already tattered reputation.”
McCain’s record shows clearly that he is the definition of a verbal loose cannon, and would be a clear and present danger in the Oval Office.
Thanks to the Fort Worth Star Telegram and an article written by Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent from whom I stole from.
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