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July 17, 2008

McCain Now Criticizes Obama For GOING To Middle East And Europe!

  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!

Paulette

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14 Comments »

  1. Thank you for this post. You are a heavy-hitter, I like that!

    Comment by Kurt — July 17, 2008 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  2. Kurt I understand this is politics but McCain takes political psychosis to another level. It is absurd to me that he changes his mind about just about everything every day. How can he reprimand his press secretary publically about her position on an issue and then two hours later he embraces the same position?! Incredulous! He has no diplomatic skills – he would embarrass America more than Bush has. That’s scary.

    Comment by Paulette — July 17, 2008 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

  3. Good post, Paulette (as usual!). It’s pretty apparent what’s driving McCain here — bitterness that his campaign isn’t getting all the attention he thinks he deserves.

    Comment by deannaizme — July 18, 2008 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

  4. Paulette – With all the flip-flops that McCain does, it’s a scary thought that he would command our troops with his flip flopping ways. Anyway that flip flops this much can’t be trusted.

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — July 18, 2008 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  5. Deanna — thanks for the ‘comp’ — coming from you it means a lot! Did you hear McSexist’s Freudian slip yesterday when he said he’d be in the Senate next year? LMAO! McCain makes no sense and has no diplomacy or character.

    Comment by Paulette — July 18, 2008 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  6. Cats — I wouldn’t want McBush to direct traffic muchless our troops!

    Comment by Paulette — July 18, 2008 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  7. I did catch that, Paulette. It’s funnier than a lot of his jokes.

    Comment by deannaizme — July 18, 2008 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  8. You clearly interpret information to spin in the direction of your partisan (clearly) liberal views and devotion to Obama. But we are talking about the commander and chief of US… not some low level appointment… Comparing Obama and McCain is like comparing a business executive to an intern if you look at working knowledge and actual experience, etc. Geesh… Not that McCain would ever be my first pick… but Obama is dead last in my common sense view… and McCain has a track record of being one of the least partisan politicians in a lot of ways.. i think democrats only turn their backs on him because you now have some loony leftist radical running who can push a more socialist adgenda.

    And another thing… all you mcsexist and mcbush loons… you sound like a bunch of high school girls making fun of some poor girls outfit or something.. just picking at whatever you can find to make them look bad… you lose credibility in my book when you sound like a bunch of 15 yr old loons…a bunch of LOONEY LIBERALS i say!

    Obama will destroy our country with his Neo-Fascist adgenda… How can people out there support such garbage when we saw the soviet union fall in ’91 … that big government, government intervention into markets, high tax ideology is like cancerous cells in the body of what is supposed to be a “free country”. And please dont respond with examples from bushes policies… that isnt my point. this big government high tax,etc. thing is a slippery slope from an economics standpoint.. a slope we should stay far away from…

    Comment by James — July 21, 2008 @ 10:16 am | Reply

  9. James, I might be ‘looney’ but it’s not because of Obama. I have been an ACTIVE participant in politics for years — because I am a citizen and want what’s right for me, my family, my community, my state and my country.

    I see Obama with clear eyes and I believe that he IS the person for America for the next 8 years – he is coherent and intelligent and progressive.

    I do not have to flip ANYTHING McCain or his surrogates say — they do an excellent job of of showing us just how out of touch they are and how confused they are by the day to day plights and frustrations of the average American.

    I am glad that you make at least $500K annually and can afford a continuation of Bush’s policy.

    Comment by Paulette — July 21, 2008 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  10. Also, I dont understand why people who disagree with bush have to lump everyone into that category who doesnt support obama. Just because bush stinks as a president, doesnt mean that flying to the polar opposite end of the spectrum for “change” is the right answer.

    Change we can “believe in..” should be considered… but just because we need change, doesnt mean that any change is good change. Turning our country to an isolationist, neo-facist state isnt a good solution.

    People are struggling, yes. the solution is to teach someone whose manufacturing job went to mexico how to do something more viable for the 21st century. It is the unfortunate reality.

    Obama strikes me as someone who truly believes in what he will do for this country, and i respect that and like him. Unfortunately, as i refer to my degree in economics and furvent study into business, i realize that his solutions fundamentally divorce the most basic of tenets you learn in introductory economics.

    Obama is a “feel good” candidate… what he says sound like hope and all that… but there is a different way. I wish Bob Barr had a shot, because he is onto something. But at least McCain reaches to both sides of the isle and would otherwise be favored by the left. He is made out to be much worse than he is as people try to push Obama.

    Comment by James — July 21, 2008 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

  11. what happened to my other response… i sent one in before the one posted at the bottom here… went into some detail that could be interesting to readers????

    Comment by James — July 21, 2008 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  12. Hey James — I didn’t realize I missed a comment. Please resend. We appreciate different points of view that are coherent. 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — July 21, 2008 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

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    Comment by 9/11 Commission — July 27, 2008 @ 3:10 am | Reply

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    Comment by 9/11 Truth — July 28, 2008 @ 1:30 am | Reply


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