National Security Policy
1. McCain thought Bush’s warrantless wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.
2. McCain insisted that everyone, even “terrible killers,” “the worst kind of scum of humanity,” and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, “deserve to have some adjudication of their cases,” even if that means “releasing some of them.” McCain now believes the opposite.
[ ]…Foreign Policy
12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty’s behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.
13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.
[ ]…Military Policy
15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good idea and a bad idea.
16. McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”
[ ]…Economic Policy
33. McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal. And soon after that, McCain abandoned his second position and went back to his first.
34. McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were “too tilted to the wealthy.” By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.
We all know they’re going to flip-flop. Sometimes changing one’s policy position is the smart thing to do. Obama has made what appears to many, including me a fairly large one on FISA. As has become Standard Operating Procedure for Republicans McCain has embraced the flip flop, the complete 180 degree and sometimes the 360 position on many issues. Steve posted this story 24 hours ago and McCain has already thrown his top economic adviser Phil Gramm under the bus for saying that America’s current financial wows are a national mental problem, but has kept Gramm on with his campaign. McCain probably doesn’t think its all that big a deal since McCain lives in the millionaires bubble where he doesn’t know or care what a gallon of gas cost. McCain adventures in flip flop land far surpass the normal amount allowed to most politicians. No one can honestly look over the list of 61 flip flops and counting then say that when you vote for McCain you really know what you’re voting for.
War Sucks especially the ones we’re lied into
On the tape, Nelson recalled Nazario shooting a kneeling captive at point-blank range, then saying: “I’m not doing all this by myself. You’re doing one and Weemer is doing one.”
Weemer then pulled his 9mm sidearm and killed one of the detainees, Nelson said.
“He shot him and the dude was on the ground and rolling and (Weemer) was shooting, shooting, shooting, shooting, shooting,” Nelson told the naval investigator.
Army Spec. Joe Dwyer was one of those soldiers. He went to war as a combat medic with the 3rd Infantry Division, serving with 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry, during its headlong rush to Baghdad in 2003. Immortalized by a Military Times photograph depicting him carrying a young Iraqi child, he went on to see a great deal of suffering on all sides during his tour, and he brought many ghosts home with him.
Dwyer tried mightily to beat these demons, but eventually succumbed to the struggle. On June 28, he died from the effects of various chemicals he ingested to kill himself.
For more than a year, Gordon Dibler held out hope that his stepson, Army Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, would return home from Iraq. Then military officials delivered the grim news that the bodies of Fouty and another soldier (Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass) captured in an ambush south of Baghdad had been found.
The Obama ad hammers McCain for the spot, saying the Arizona Senator is “shameful” for “makin’ stuff up,” and links the mendacity to Bush and Karl Rove.
What if Republicans adhered to a five percent rule. They could use their five percent lie allowance and no more. Could they ever win any election to anything if they had to tell the truth 95 percent of the time.
“Mind,” he began again, lifting one arm from the elbow, the palm of the
hand outwards, so that, with his legs folded before him, he had the
pose of a Buddha preaching in European clothes and without a
lotus-flower–“Mind, none of us would feel exactly like this. What saves
us is efficiency–the devotion to efficiency. But these chaps were not
much account, really. They were no colonists; their administration was
merely a squeeze, and nothing more, I suspect. They were conquerors, and
for that you want only brute force–nothing to boast of, when you have
it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of
others. They grabbed what they could get for the sake of what was to
be got. It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great
scale, and men going at it blind–as is very proper for those who tackle
a darkness. The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking
it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter
noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too
from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad