Wednesday, July 23, 2008

McCain Doesn't Know What He's Talking About

By: Harry Waisbren

John McCain is quickly disintegrating the myth that he is a foreign policy genius. Now you'd think that his integral support of the Iraq war would have already made this media myth crash and burn, but it's better late than never I guess.

McCain is really starting to screw the pooch though, as he is either intentionally distorting the history of the surge to make it look better, or he simply has no conception of what it was exactly. Maybe this is why McCain is arguing that we should forget democracy and just do what the military says.

This gaffe came by way of CBS when McCain falsley attributed the surge for instigating the Sunni awakening and the resulting drop in violence...despite its occurence prior to even the discussion of a troop escalation.

Keith Olbermann highlighted this in a segment last night, as well as the question of why CBS specifically edited out this potentially damning gaffe (video below). This is quite curious considering it was their only remotely newsworthy element of the interview. It certainly wouldn't be the first time the media blatantly helped McCain and the Republicans by having amnesia with the surge, though it is a particularly explicit example of how they are looking to shill for him to keep the "surge is working" myth going.

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