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How Bad Is The GOP? Crazy John McCain’s Now The Voice Of Reason WRT Foreign Policy.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 2, 2012

So President Obama goes to Afghanistan on a long-planned trip to put the finishing touches on the US’ withdrawal plans, and what do most Republicans do?

As Tengrain at Dependable Renegade shows, they pout:

“The special operators who have every right to “spike the football” are too professional to do so. The White House might follow their lead.”

Donald Rumsfeld


“I think what offends people is that instead of recognizing it as a national triumph and having everybody share in it, that the Obama administration has tried to make it look like the president did everything, including fast-roping out of the helicopter and pulling the trigger.”

John Bolton

Meanwhile, John McCain, astonishingly enough, does what a sensible grown-up would do — he praised Obama for his Afghanistan trip and deal:

“I am pleased that the President has traveled to Afghanistan. This is a significant opportunity for him to hear directly from our military commanders and troops on the ground about the significant progress we are making in this fight.

“It is also important because President Obama and President Karzai will announce the U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement, which will define the long-term political, economic, and military commitment between our countries. While I will carefully examine the details of this agreement, I am hopeful that it will send a signal to friends and enemies in the region that the United States is committed to a secure and free Afghanistan.

“I hope the President’s speech tonight will emphasize the degree of our commitment in Afghanistan, rather than the plans for withdrawal. I would urge the President to return from this visit and spend more time speaking directly with the American people about the vital national security interests at stake in Afghanistan and the need for the United States to remain strongly engaged there in the years ahead.”

Now, is it all what I think McCain should have said? No, especially not the last paragraph. Is it designed to push a particular agenda (namely, continuing to stump for an increasingly hated war) that might tie President Obama’s hands were he to follow it? Yup. But McCain, unlike the rest of the GOP, knows that mounting a frontal attack on the foreign policy of the man who did what Bush wouldn’t — get bin Laden — is not exactly a wise move politically. (It’s incredibly crass, for starters.) So instead, he (or whoever wrote this for him) baits the trap with honey and hopes Obama bites on it.

4 Responses to “How Bad Is The GOP? Crazy John McCain’s Now The Voice Of Reason WRT Foreign Policy.”

  1. Charles II said

    What, leaving American bases in until 2024 (long before which time Afghanistan will be Taliban-ruled) isn’t enough commitment? Obama is just trying to get past the election, at which point anyone who actually cares about the troops will say that it’s time to let the Afghans get back to their time-honored practice of killing one another.

    • No kidding. But of course the whole reason we’re there is to keep the Chinese from moving in and getting the rare earths parked there. As if the Chinese would be dumb enough to try and succeed where we and the Russians have failed.

      As for Rumsfeld, he needs to shut his yap:

      My colleague Mackenzie Weinger just posted a comment from former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld questioning just how tough a call President Obama made when he gave the kill order to the SEAL team targeting Osama bin Laden.

      “You mentioned there was a tough decision,” Rumsfeld said on Tuesday night on Fox News. “I don’t think it was a tough decision. We’ve seen a lot of instances where presidents over the years have had to make decisions like that.”

      But six years ago, Rumsfeld himself called off a major raid in Pakistan, citing many of the same factors that Obama administration officials complicated the OBL mission.

      When even GOP-operative-run outfits like Politico are exposing Rumsfeld as a hypocritical bullshitter, it’s time for him to shut up.

  2. MEC said

    As the saying goes: “If you want to know what the Republicans have been up to, just listen to what they’re accusing the Democrats of doing.” The Republicans are all pissy about Obama rightfully standing in the leadership position here because it’s such a contrast to Bush’s ridiculous “Mission Accomplished” posturing.

  3. MarkH said

    Before al Qaeda we had no special interests in being in Afghanistan. Thus, after al Qaeda is squashed we will have no military interests there.

    Anyone, including McCain & Romney, who want to suggest we have other interests should stand up and clearly say what those are. McCain did not.

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