McCain the Warmonger

Quote from McCain:

We know what it takes to succeed in Afghanistan: a resolute commitment to the principles of counterinsurgency, which turned Iraq around during the surge. This won’t be perfect or easy, but it will allow America’s fighting men and women to leave Afghanistan with honor, and it will enable Afghans to build a better, more peaceful future.

I have to ask McCain …

  1. What’s more important to our fighting men and women — leaving  Afghanistan “with honor” or staying alive?
  2. Why do Americans have to die to help Afghanistan “build a better, more peaceful future?”

McCain says he sympathizes with President Obama because “sending men and women into harm’s way is the most difficult decision that a commander in chief must make.”

Contrary to McCain’s desire to go in with guns blazing, Obama makes this statement:

Every time I sign an order, you know, I’m answerable to the parents of those young men and women who I’m sending over there, and I want to make sure that it’s for the right reason.

I’m not big on following war news, but it seems to me that somewhere along the way we’ve lost sight of the original goal — to get Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.

Now, according to McCain,  it seems to be all about helping Afghanistan build a more secure nation.

Am I missing something? 

 

Iraq Chooses McCain

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no foreign policy expert. I do feel, however, that the United States sometimes sticks its nose in where it doesn’t belong. And I also think we tend to want to ‘democratize’ the entire world (see this post).

Be that as it may, in a blog at PoliGazette.com, the writer said that the Iraqis prefer McCain be elected President of the United States because they are worried Obama will pull our troops out too soon. They say their army is still too weak and that Iran’s President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad would fill the void left when US troops depart.

While there is undoubtedly validity in their concerns, I am reminded of our original reason for going to war in Iraq which, according to George W. Bush, was because of “Iraq’s illegal weapons programs, its attempts to hide those weapons from inspectors, and its links to terrorist groups.”

Of course many of us now know that was just a smoke screen and the real reason was related to controlling the Persian Gulf oil reserves. And the reasons we stay in the area is not so much related to Iraqi human rights or protection against terrorism as it is to ensure our continued access to the oil we so desperately need to keep our country running. Why else do you think McCain made the comment about staying in Iraq for 100 years? (For more information, see http://www.thedebate.org/thedebate/iraq.asp)

CIA Director R. James Woolsey said in 2001, “I fear we’re going to be at war for decades, not years. Ultimately we will win it, but one major component of that war is oil.”

Moreover, when you consider the fact that many American corporations, some of which have close ties to the current administration, are making huge amounts of money in the current reconstruction process in Iraq, it’s pretty apparent why McCain wants us to stay in the area.

I believe it is time the American people wake up and recognize that our national security will continue to be threatened until we begin taking an ACTIVE role in becoming energy independent. We simply cannot continue to let Middle Eastern countries control our destiny, take the lives of our young men and women, and manipulate our economic policies.

John and Sarah: NBC Interview

OMIGAWD! Does McCain truly BELIEVE that the qualifications he listed during his interview with Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News (Wednesday, 10/22) actually prepare Sarah Palin for the position of Vice-President of the United States?

And dear, sweet Sarah … she must have been a parrot in a past life because she certainly knows how to mimic what she’s been told — over and over and over again. Squawk!

Didn’t see the interview? Visit here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27328630/

Be sure to listen to how Sarah answers the question about preconditions.

McCain and Palin in the White House? Please God, No!

You know, it downright scares me when I think of McCain and Palin in the White House.

In past years, I never paid much attention to the presidential elections. My choice of candidates was generally based on party affiliation and I spent little to no time examining their specific views on how they wanted to run the country.

However, after 8 years of suffering through the Bush administration and having to swallow down his propensity for making decisions based on his evangelical Christian views, plus his inane decisions related to the Iraq war, I realized it was time for me to change my ways and make an informed decision about who I wanted in the role of President of the United States.

During the primaries, I actually leaned towards Ron Paul. Talk about a maverick! I’m not sure any of his ideas would have worked, but he definitely would have shaken things up.

When the choice finally came down to McCain or Obama, I knew almost immediately I wanted Obama to be the next President. Even before I heard him elaborate on his policies, I wanted what he offered … CHANGE!

Now that we’re getting closer and closer to Election Day, I’m comforted to hear that Obama has a lead in the polls. But there are no guarantees. Anything can happen. And that’s what scares me.

Not only do I disagree with McCain’s position on the issues (particularly his views on national security), but knowing that his running mate, Sarah Palin, is a heartbeat away from stepping in as the leader of this country actually makes me sick to my stomach.

Sometimes I wonder if I wasn’t better off just voting along party lines and drifting along in the bliss of ignorance. Hmmmm.

Presidential Debate: John McCain’s Smirk

McCain came out swinging in last night’s presidential debate. He was powerful, pointed, and passionate.

But as the debate wore on and he sat there with a constant smirk on his face whenever Obama was talking, I got so mad I wanted to pick up something and throw it at him!

I’m sure McCain considers his plans for the nation far superior to Obama — and there’s nothing wrong with that. But to sit there with this condescending look on his face was totally uncalled for.

CNN analysts said what they saw was internal anger … that McCain was “seething” inside. Maybe. Maybe not. But even if the analysts were correct, do we want a president who has trouble controlling his temper and who is known for emotional outbursts? Someone who might hit The Button just because an enemy pushed him a little too far? 

And then his snide remarks about Obama’s oratory skills. What’s with that? Afraid that Obama might convince people because he knows how to talk to them on their level?

To me, McCain’s ‘superior’ attitude was simply a demonstration of his sense of inadequacy and inferiority in the face of a person who had far more control, far more self-assurance, and a far better chance of becoming the next President of the United States.