Several times a day, every day for several months John McCain have been criticizing Senator Barack Obama for not having visited Iraq since 2006 — Team McCain even has a daily count-down that shows Obama has not been in Iraq for 900 days. But now that Senator Obama is scheduled to travel to the Middle East on Friday, Team McCain seems flabbergasted and appears not to know if they should give him credit for going to the Middle East or criticize him for going to the Middle East.
Earlier today, Mr. McCain’s communications director, Jill Hazelbaker, flippantly dismissed Obama’s trip as nothing more than “the first of its kind campaign rally overseas.”
Later in the day, McCain himself rejected Jill’s “Obama is damned if he goes and damned if he doesn’t go” line of attack and sought a somewhat more subtle posture about Obama’s trip.
“I’m pleased that he is going to Iraq for only the second time and Afghanistan for the first time,” McCain told reporters in Kansas City, Mo. “If he was so concerned about Afghanistan and the threat there and the need to send troops, don’t you think he should have gone there?” Mr. McCain also asked.
“I can only give you my opinion, and I will talk to her (Jill),” he said. “The fact is that I’m glad he is going to Iraq. I am glad he is going to Afghanistan. It’s long, long overdue if you want to lead this nation.”
Later in the day, in Grand Haven, Michigan McCain attempted to explain his and Jill Hazelbaker’s initial remarks but instead made the statements more complicated and convoluted. He separated Obama’s Iraq and Afghanistan parts of the trip from the Europe portion and changed his earlier position to be more like Jill’s initial position and said that Obama’s activities in those other countries could have “a political flavor, to say the least.”
Signaling how they intend to set up their attacks next week against a globe-trotting Barack Obama, John McCain’s campaign is suggesting that the Democratic nominee’s popularity abroad may not translate well in middle-America and that his trip amounts to a foreign photo-opportunity.
“I don’t know that people in Missouri are going to like seeing tens of thousands of Europeans screaming for The One,” quipped a McCain aide, deploying a moniker some in the campaign use to poke fun at Obama’s exulted status in certain quarters.
“This isn’t about reaching out to allies or strengthening relationships; this is about advancing a political agenda,” said the aide.
McCain himself has taken three trips abroad since claiming the GOP nomination earlier this year, mixing television interviews with made-for-the-camera stops at such politically valuable locales as Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall and Mexico City’s Basilica of Guadalupe. What a bunch of hypocrites!!!
“When John McCain goes on foreign trips, he is legitimately going on fact-finding missions to learn new information,” said an aide. “He doesn’t give huge campaign speeches overseas he goes to inform his worldview.” He sure doesn’t because he will bore everyone to tears and sleep!
Yet later today, Team McCain released a 7 ½ minute long Web video called “The Obama Iraq Documentary: Whatever the Politics Demand,” criticizing Obama’s statements on Iraq. Isn’t that a bit peculiar? McCain should have used that 7 ½ minute web video to promote himself! Go figure?!
Earlier today I posted about Bush and McCain ‘stealing’ Obama’s ideas on Pakistan and Iran – here’s another ‘steal’ by McCain. On Monday, Obama said that, if elected, he planned to move at least two brigades of American troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, part of the draw-down he has promised for Iraq. On Tuesday, copy cat McCain announced a plan to send three brigades to Afghanistan, but McCain was vague on details as to whether the three brigades would be supplied by the United States or NATO or both, and where they would be transferred from.
As I wrote in my earlier post, despite McCain ridiculing Obama for suggesting diplomatic talks with Iran, today McCain praised Bush for sending the number three official in the State Department to go to Geneva to join other members of the United Nations Security Council in diplomatic discussions with Iranian officials about that country’s nuclear program!
Some conservatives have criticized that step as a capitulation by the Bush Administration, since the American envoy will be talking to Iranians without preconditions, a phrase associated with Mr. Obama.
“That’s in keeping with everything I said,” McCain told reporters in Kansas City. “That’s in keeping. Henry Kissinger went to China and met with Zhou Enlai, and he was the number one guy at the State Department. Nixon didn’t go and meet with Chairman Mao, OK? So please have no doubt about it.”
In reality, Mr. Kissinger was Mr. Nixon’s National Security Adviser at the time, though he later became Secretary of State.
McCain is continuously confused, muddled and puzzled about his own positions from hour to hour. McCain is an American hero but he should not be our President. Can you imagine McCain giving instructions to our military and continuously changing their orders or meeting with foreign leaders and agreeing on a policy and then changing his mind hours later? Oy vey!!!
McCain is a hero yes, a real leader – no!