McCain Is Relentless — Slamming Obama On Surge, Troops, Foreign Policy
John McCain, has been busy yesterday and today, ridiculing Barack Obama for “the audacity of hopelessness” in his policies on Iraq, and said Friday that the entire Middle East could have plunged into war had U.S. troops been withdrawn as his rival advocated.
Speaking to an association of Hispanic veterans, where is was warmly received, McCain renewed his criticism of Obama’s opposition to an additional “surge” of troops into Iraq in 2007, which McCain said made the war winnable. A decision not to deploy additional troops, McCain said, would have left “Iraq and our strategic position in the Middle East in ruins, risking a wider war in the near future.”
The decision on whether to deploy additional troops “amounted to a real-time test for a future commander in chief,” McCain said. “America passed that test. I believe my judgment passed that test. And I believe Senator Obama’s failed.” McCain said he had long advocated the deployment of additional troops as the last chance to rescue a failing war effort, “My choice was not smart politics,” McCain said. “It didn’t test well in focus groups. It ignored all the polls. It also didn’t matter.”
Noting that the buildup was unpopular with most Americans, McCain said: “Sen. Obama told the American people what he thought you wanted to hear. I told you the truth.”
The Obama campaign replied with a shrill tone:
“The American people are looking for a serious debate about the way forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, and angry, false accusations will do nothing to accomplish that goal,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.
“Barack Obama and John McCain may differ over our strategy in Iraq, but they are united in their support for our brave troops and their desire to protect this nation. Senator McCain’s constant suggestion otherwise is not worthy of the campaign he claimed he would run or the magnitude of the challenges this nation faces.”
The campaign also called “distasteful and misleading” McCain’s charge that Obama voted against troop funding in May 2007. Even though the campaign relented, and said it is literally true, but went on to “explain” his voting against funding the troops by saying that the Illinois senator had voted to fund the war effort 10 times.
How can they say what McCain said is a lie, and in the very next breath say he was literally being truthful?
The answer is, they know what they say will be taken one way by their fanatical supporters who will stop reading and comprehending immediately after reading/hearing McCain was a liar. They will not register or pay attention to their admission they are lying when saying McCain was.
McCain has inched ahead of Obama in Colorado, come within inches in Minnesota and narrowed the gap in Michigan and Wisconsin, according to Quinnipiac University polls of likely voters in these battleground states. The polls, taken for The Wall Street Journal and washingtonpost.com, showed voters in each state saying energy policy is more important than the war in Iraq.