Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Driving Misnomer - UPDATED

Apparently, it's not enough that the Prime Minister of Iraq said that Obama's withdrawal timetable was the right one. Al-Maliki was either misquoted, or is lying because he's up for re-election, depending on which BushCo sycophant you listen to.

The press has latched onto a narrative that McCain is more trustworthy on foreign policy issues, and they're not going to give it up, even in the face of, um, well, evidence to the contrary.

Even if you don't care that, in an area of the world where which sect you belong to is a matter of life and death, McCain can't be bothered to get it straight which dudes are the Sunnis, and which are the Shi'ites, there is now the little matter of McCain babbling on national television about trouble along the Pakistan-Iraq border:

Um, wait a minute. The which border?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

But listen to this story from Morning Edition, in which there is a rather uncomfortable exchange between reporter Juan Williams and host Steve Inskeep. Williams attempts to tip-toe around the issue of exactly who thinks that McCain is more capable than Obama on foreign policy, calling them "blue-collar voters in swing states," who expressed during the primary process that they have trouble "trusting" Obama when it comes to representing their interests abroad. And Inskeep says, "do you mean white working-class voters, as it was often put during the campaign?" And Williams responds "You're so blunt, Steve."

He doesn't know from blunt.

I would say that according to certain redneck portions of the voting population, Obama might be good enough to clean the house, but they're certainly not going to give him the keys to car. He can't be trusted with it, and besides, the neighbors might see.

How's that? Blunt enough for ya?


Holy shit, readers, I can't hardly believe it myself, but it appears that John "voters trust me on national security" McCain has once again proven his ignorance about the war in Iraq, and this one definitely cannot be explained away as any kind of misstatement.

McCain has stated that he believes that Iraq is the central front in the war on terrror, and yet in a CBS interview with Katie Couric, he attributed the Anbar Awakening (in which Sunni tribal leaders in Anbar Province turned against the insurgency and began to fight al-Qaeda instead), to "the surge" of US troops, when in fact the Awakening began, and was reported in the press, months before the surge was even proposed.

Holy fucking balls, readers. Even I knew that. Even I knew that the Awakening began before the surge. And you'd think that someone who believed that Iraq was the central front of the war on terror would've known it too.

But wait, there's more.

The Sunni sheik, Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, that McCain said was successfully protected by the surge and then went on to lead the Awakening, actually was killed during the surge because he had been a leader in the Awakening. McCain said "Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening."


And then some genius McCain campaign spokesperson, refusing to back down from the senator's mistaken assertion, said "If Barack Obama had had his way, the Sheiks who started the Awakening would have been murdered at the hands of al Qaeda."

Wow, so the McCain campaign is blaming the possible future Obama administration for a murder that took place in September of 2007? That's a unique strategy. I wonder if the press will go for it?

Ah, but the best part is that, in the original airing of the interview with Couric, her question to McCain that prompted his wrongity-wrong-wrong response was left in, but McCain's response itself was edited out by CBS and the answer to another question was substituted in its place.

Odd behavior for a press supposedly in love with Obama, ain't it?

So what is the response today from the McCain campaign? They boldly and unflinchingly canceled their weekly press conference, pulled down the shutters, and pretended to not be at home.

Awesome. Way to go, Maverick.


Matt said...

Thanks for the map. I had stopped to watch the video and was thinking "I didn't think they had a common boarder." Then I scrolled down and saw the map.

That would have driven me crazy all day at work.

I keep wondering at what point these "senior moments" become enough to cause concern. Like I've said before, we're not talking about my mom misplacing her car keys, we're talking about the potential leader of the free world.

I don't get it.


Anonymous said...

McCain's campaign seems to be imploding, doesn't it? Last week it was the Czech Rebuplic thing, now this. You know that in private, he's got to be going ballistic over these screw ups. What I want to know is when is some poor intern going to reach his limit, and leak the whole thing to You Tube?

RandyLuvsPaiste said...

Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow did a good just of busting CBS on their cover-up. CBS's response? "Mistakes happen."
Wow-I guess it's possible to glib your way out of anything.

Some Guy said...

It's a good thing he has all this "experience" under his belt. It really seems to be paying off for him.

Grant Miller said...

I suspect we're going to see several more flubs - intentional or otherwise - from the McCain camp before November.

Doc said...

As a redneck in one of the swing states, I would gladly give him the keys to the jeep and let him take my little girls for ice cream, not to mention run the most powerful but fucked up nation in the world.

I know I don't want the job. Is it too late to put Vikkitickitavi on the ballot? Sure the voters would have trouble spelling the name, but I'm sure they would love her "no bullshit" stance on everything.


Johnny Yen said...

I don't know who's cringing more right now, me or McStupid's handlers.

dguzman said...

If the media's "performance" so far is any indicator, McFossil could claim that Germany and Pakistan share a border and no one would question it. They'd just keep on talking about how "voters trust him on national security." Because the guy I'd like to have protect me and mine is a senile has-been who can't tell a Sunni from Sunny Delight.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Well done, you.

Dad E said...

Putting your astute comments aside, I liked that you included a map. I always try to put a map in my blog because most Americans are woefully ignorant about geography, even North American geography. I contend that if you don't have a good knowledge about geography you can't really understand world politics. I think you got this across without needing to say it.

Distributorcap said...

who knew being a maverick was such HARD work, that mistakes would be made aplenty

if this guy wins i am really moving to Iceland

Grant Miller said...

Yeah. That's pretty blunt.