John McCain Professional Waffle Maker

McCain’s advisors and marketing strategy

McCain is more of an ideological risk for the Right then for patriotic Americans. He changes positions on issues so fast and so often Talking PointsMemo had to have a researcher take a look at the history of McCain’s policy positions on Iraq alone, The Definitive McCain Iraq Timeline

3/18/03, Fox, “O’Reilly Factor”

O’Reilly: “All right, Senator, if you were president, what would you have done differently in the run-up to this war?”

McCain: “Nothing.”

O’Reilly: “Nothing?”

McCain: “The president has handled this, in my view, skillfully.”


2/26/06, ABC News

“We have made serious mistakes in Iraq, which have caused us enormous problems and we’ve paid consequences”

Did it take a whole three years for reality to set in or was McCain so embarrassed by the debacle that Iraq was and is that he had to admit something was wrong. He still can’t bring himself to admit that putting boots on the ground in Iraq was a monumental mistake both in terms of a strategy for fighting terrorism and a travesty in which the U.S. military has been used by the Right – the frequent counter argument of the war dead enders is the comical assertion that we must all support the Right’s policies as the sacred gateway for supporting the troops. Bush’s/McCain’s policies are the miltary? The height of arrogance and not a point of view held by the military The Other Iraq Surge

Assessed favorably this week by the war’s lead general, the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq appears to be causing a surge of another sort—and one that’s not positive for President Bush or the Republican Party. Since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, members of the U.S. military have dramatically increased their political contributions to Democrats, marching sharply away from the party they’ve long supported. In the 2002 election cycle, the last full cycle before the war began, Democrats received a mere 23 percent of military members’ contributions.* So far this year, 40 percent of military money has gone to Democrats for Congress and president, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Anti-war presidential candidates Barack Obama and Ron Paul are the top recipients of military money.

McCain and the Right by attacking Senator Obama are the ones attacking the U.S. military. Enlisted military, the ones that do the actual fighting are reaching into their pockets for a change in direction. Someone to get us out of the Iraq quiqmire, not someone who sees Iraq as a win/lose situation or seems to change their idea of withdraawl timelines every other day McCain Embraces Senator Obama’s 16-Month Iraq Withdrawal: ‘I Think It’s A Pretty Good Timetable’. That was Friday, McCain is certain to do some more pandering depending on what audience he’s speaking to. Just this pass week we also had McCain and his chorus of apologists declaring in no uncertain terms that the “surge” was absolutely necessary and unquestionably succeeded. Well as usual they bellowed and blustered emitting an enormous amount of green house gases, but were a little short on absolute honesty, McCain’s embarrassing assertions on the Iraq surgeEven military leaders involved in last year’s troop escalation agree that the prospect of U.S. withdrawal is the main reason violence has ebbed.

In fact, it was the prospect of an early U.S. withdrawal, not the surge, that prompted the Sunni insurgents to change sides, according to the American officers who worked with their leaders. A fascinating article in the current issue of Foreign Affairs by Georgetown professor Colin Kahl and retired Gen. William Odom quotes Marine Maj. Gen. John Allen, who ran the tribal engagement operations in Anbar during 2007, saying that the Democratic sweep in the 2006 midterm elections and the increasing demand for withdrawal by the American public “did not go unnoticed” among the province’s Sunni sheiks. “They talked about it all the time.” Allen also told Kahl that the Marines exploited those concerns by telling the sheiks: “We are leaving … We don’t know when we are leaving, but we don’t have much time, so you [the Anbaris] better get after this.” Kahl and Odom write that “the risk that U.S. forces would leave pushed the Sunnis to cut a deal to protect their interests while they still could.” They also quote Maj. Niel Smith, the operations officer at the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center, and Col. Sean MacFarland, commander of U.S. forces in Ramadi during that crucial period, who wrote a long article on the Anbar awakening in the journal Military Review. “A growing concern that the U.S. would leave Iraq and leave the Sunnis defenseless against Al-Qaeda and Iranian-supported militias,” they recalled, “made these younger [tribal] leaders [who led the awakening] open to our overtures.”

Probably. much like having more police cruisers in an area can bring down street crime a notch, having a few more troops on patrol coincided with many other factors to bring down the level of violence. One of the biggest factors in bringing down the organized resistance that included deadly IEDs was that Muqtada al-Sadr called on his militia to stop their attacks and turned his attention to jockeying for political power.

Crashed Aeroplane by Sargent John Singer. Painted in 1918. His spelling. I make enough of my own typos.

McSexist: McCain’s War on Women

One reason many pro-choice women are confused about McCain is because he has flip-flopped on the abortion issue.

In 1999, McCain said he backed Roe: “Certainly, in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.”

But on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in May 2007, responding to a question about his statements in 1999, McCain said: “Well, it was in the context of conversation about having to change the culture of America as regards to this issue. I have stated time after time after time that Roe v. Wade was a bad decision.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan says his shifting rhetoric is an attempt to “game” the electorate and confuse voters about his actual stances. “[The McCain campaign] knows full well that women in America, especially independent and pro-choice women, will not support a candidate who wants to overturn Roe v. Wade,” Keenan says. “So they’re still trying to make the case that he’s a moderate and a maverick, when his record proves that he is neither.”

The record also shows that McCain has rarely strayed outside Republican Party line on the issue of choice. He has consistently voted against measures to provide access to contraception and sex-education, and voted to approve anti-choice judges.

Planned Parenthood and NARAL have each given him a zero for his record on women’s health issues. (The record dates back to his days in the House of Representatives, between 1983 and 1986, and carries through to his career in the U.S. Senate, which began in 1987.) Of the 130 congressional votes related to reproductive freedom that McCain has cast, 125 have been anti-choice, according to NARAL.

The smaller blogs like this one that don’t have interns and tons of diarists really are having a difficult time keeping up with McCain. He not only regularly changes his views on a semi-daily basis, but tailors his message to suit whoever his audience is that day. Do you really think that McCain supports your position? Whatever your point of view on an issue is he’ll get around to it eventually. It is almost surreal that the mainstream press keeps telling us that Senator Obama is the candidate that America needs to get to know. Does anyone want to absolutely swear they know John The Waffler McCain.