I Can Has Accountability?

In a logical world, one would figure that the media would question John McCain on his recent statements about Iraq — especially given how wrong he was.

After all, the media spared no dead trees last week pining about Obama’s relationship with his pastor, Reverend Wright; and this week, the media let us know that Hillary told lies about her trip to Bosnia in 1998. I’m not here to say that those stories aren’t legitimate, but there seems to be differing levels of scrutiny given to each candidate in this race. The order goes with Obama first (can you name Hillary’s or McCain’s pastor?), then Hillary, then on the very bottom rung we have John Boy who can seemingly say no wrong. I’m a bit tired of this weighted treatment.

Late last week, during his diplomatic tour shameless campaign stop in the Middle East, John Boy belted out this whooper of a quote: “America and our allies stand on the precipice [in Iraq] of a winning a major victory.” Some people, like yours truly, heard this and asked if John Boy realized that while the surge had quelled violence and keep the war off the front pages, political victories in Iraq had not been achieved and things could fall apart at any second. Because it would be nice for a potential commander in chief to realize situations like this. Specifically, I asked “What happens when al-Sadr lifts the ceasefire from the Mahdi Army?”

And, like clockwork, nearly a week has passed since McCain’s “major victory” comment and look at the situation now:

Heavy fighting broke out Tuesday in two of Iraq’s largest cities, as Iraqi ground forces and helicopters mounted a huge operation to break the grip of the Shiite militias controlling Basra, and Iraqi forces clashed with militias in Baghdad. The fighting threatened to destabilize a long-term truce that had helped reduce the level of violence in the five-year-old Iraq war. […]

The battles, along with indications in recent weeks that militia and insurgent attacks had already been creeping up, raised fears across Iraq that Moktada al-Sadr, the renegade Shiite cleric, could pull out of a cease-fire he declared last summer. If his Mahdi Army militia does step up attacks, that could in turn slow American troop withdrawals.

In the meantime, not only is John Boy still claiming that we’re winning in Iraq, but he has the audacity to demand that Hillary apologize to General Petraeus for saying that the surge isn’t working. Recent Shia uprisings in Baghdad and Basra show that the surge hasn’t worked as well as advertised, yet John Boy continues to pretend that Iraq will turn the corner shortly. When a candidate is so obviously wrong, how come we aren’t hearing the media ask him some critical questions about his stance on, and knowledge of, Iraq?

5 Responses to “I Can Has Accountability?”

  1. The next six months here are going to be critical, okay? This whole thing will be won or lost in the next six months. Trust me. I don’t think we’re going to be able to stay there if we haven’t achieved victory in six months… the American people are going to demand we come home…

    Sorry, I was getting caught in the potentially deadly Friedman/McCain loop.

    Ah, yes, Johnny boy. Actually, I’ll dig up a link for you, I guess Openleft has like a blueprint on how to attack McCain. For obvious reasons I’ve not gone through it yet, but when it’s time for me to set full sights on McCain I plan on giving it a look see. Remind me to dig it up for you.

  2. tas says:

    I’ve got three words on how to attack McCain: Iraq Iraq Iraq. He can’t move away from the war without the risk of losing GOP votes, but Iraq will continue it’s downward spiral. (Dare I say just wait six months and see?) So McCain’s support of the war may cause independents to move away from him. Of course, the only way to capitalize off McCain’s Iraq blunders is to nominate a candidate who didn’t vote for the war to begin with…

  3. Damn, comment got eaten.

    Well, and here you go, I think he is banking on Iraq not being the lead weight in the quicksand that it is. But if he catches on, should he face Clinton, you can expect every question and criticism to be, “Look, we both voted for it, I’m the one that stands by my commitments…”


    Oh god, that really is all he has to do. That’s probably what he was planning on doing. Iraq can go to 10% approval overall and that’s all he has to say to beat Clinton.

  4. tas says:

    Yup, that is all he has to say. Clinton can’t run against him on Iraq, but Obama can… Which explains why Coulter, Limbaugh, and Scaife are crawling out of the woodwork to support Clinton. Republicans know who they can defeat.

  5. Given that she is relying more and more heavily upon conservative media to stay afloat in this election, they may not even need to beat her.

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