In case anyone hasn’t heard McCain was a POW( standard salute to his honorable service). He has stated with the usual red cheeked faux outrage,
“I will not accept from Senator Obama, who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform, any lectures on my regard for those who did.”
Respect for the military seems be a one way road for Johnny. It is all supposed to be directed his way and he’s under no obligation to retturn that respect, As Vets Take to the Streets to Protest the War, McCain Snubs IVAW at the RNC
When retired Army First Sergeant Wes Davey arrived, in uniform, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to deliver a letter to fellow veteran John McCain, it didn’t take long for him to be turned away. “They wouldn’t even meet me,” he said later, standing on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol, on what was to be day one of the Republican National Convention. Instead, the 28-year veteran of the Army Reserve and former St. Paul police officer was escorted off the premises.
The Obama-Biden campaign veteran liaison, Phil Carter meet with IVAW, the Gold Star Families for Peace and Veterans for Peace. Not McCain. Much like the rabid Right who McCain now panders to it has never been about respect for vets or the military, it has always been about respect for those that march in lock step unquestioning adulation of the Right’s policies.
“I’m not surprised that McCain is not responding,” said Rebecca Hansen, an IVAW member from Madison, Wisconsin. ” … I don’t think (Republicans) want the American people to know that vets and active duty soldiers are not in support of the war anymore.”
Wasn’t McCain just about to declare war on Russia, Russia’s MTS to sell Apple iPhone
Seriously, this is a good reason to let McCain-Palin have the next four years, Record deficit for next president
And it takes no account of the potential costs of a full-scale Federal bail-out of the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who have been given a Federal guarantee in the housing bill that has just passed Congress.
McCain has no plan what so ever to do anything about historic deficits which he had a hand in creating.
The idea of throwing another 30,000 troops into Iraq was a desperate gamble in a dark time. And only now are we finding out just how much opposition there was by the nation’s top military leaders. That’s among the revelations in a new book by Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward.
Bush, after four disastrous years of letting our troops die for 935 lies, lucked out. The various sectarian factions killed off most of the people that wanted to kill off, two million Iraqis just gave up and became refugees and the Sunni leaders in Anbar decided to help U.S. troops. Now the Right declares vistory, playing their part in this neocon version of Potemkin theartre.
Aaron Saunders, a spokesman for the Stevens campaign, said the governor and senator have had a “strong working relationship for many years.”
“They have been supportive of each other’s past campaigns and we fully expect that to continue this fall,” Saunders said. He added that the Alaska Democratic Party is “clearly panicking” after seeing the latest poll numbers and is resorting to “desperate, nasty attacks.”
I think I know desperation when I see as do at least a slight majority of Americans. When McCain-Palin campaign is composed of all lies all the time, that’s desperation.
As a new report forecasts that the 190,000 private contractors in Iraq and neighboring countries will cost U.S. taxpayers more than 100 billion dollars by the end of 2008, an under-the-radar Florida court case suggests that U.S. President George W. Bush — a staunch contractor supporter — is preparing to throw security contractors such as Blackwater under the political bus.
In the Florida case, relatives of three American servicemen killed in the 2004 crash of an aircraft owned by Blackwater Aviation in Afghanistan are suing the company for damages, based in part on U.S. government reviews that concluded that errors committed by Blackwater staff were responsible for the deaths. Last month, despite Bush’s support for what he has called the critical roles played by overseas contractors, his administration failed to meet a deadline for presenting the court with any defense of Blackwater.
This is Conservatism in action. They give the illusion of making government smaller by outsourcing to irresponsible if not craven private entities that charge the American taxpayer four times what it would cost the government to do. In return we get less accountability and our children get the bill.
McCain, his surrogates and of course Fox have latched on to this nonsense, Sarah Palin as Alaska National Guard commander
“She’s been the commander of Alaska’s National Guard, who’s been deployed overseas,” Tucker Bounds, a McCain spokesman, said on CNN in one of several recent references to Palin’s gubernatorial responsibility for the Guard. “That’s foreign policy experience.”
[ ]…Since governors have no role in overseeing Guard members federalized for service in Iraq, military experts said that should not count as foreign policy experience.
Since she has been governor she has signed off on declaring one domestic emergency (flooding) in which the guard was called, as they do in every state were called in to help. Flooding is the new foriegn polict experience.
In early 2007, Palin’s administration approved an initiative to pay a $150 bounty to hunters who killed a wolf from an airplane in certain areas, hacked off the left foreleg, and brought in the appendage. Ruling that the Palin administration didn’t have the authority to offer payments, a state judge quickly put a halt to them but not to the shooting of wolves from aircraft.
The science isn’t there to support this kind of hunting and the majority of Alaskans oppose it. The Republican War on Science continues.