This man really is a damned disgrace, and this snippet of McCain’s speech to the Disabled Vets is, to borrow a phrase, a clarifying moment:
With just three months to go before the election, a lot of folks are still trying to square Senator Obama’s varying positions on the surge in Iraq. First, he opposed the surge. Then he confidently predicted that it would fail. Then he tried to prevent funding for the troops who carried out the surge. Not content to merely predict failure in Iraq, my opponent tried to legislate failure. This was back when supporting America’s efforts in Iraq entailed serious political risk. It was a clarifying moment. It was a moment when political self-interest and the national interest parted ways. For my part, with so much in the balance, it was an easy call. As I said at the time, I would rather lose an election than lose a war.
Thanks to the courage and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines and to brave Iraqi fighters the surge has succeeded. And yet Senator Obama still can’t quite bring himself to admit his own failure in judgment. Instead, he commits the greater error of insisting that even in hindsight, he would oppose the surge. Even in retrospect, he would choose the path of retreat and failure for America over the path of success and victory. Behind all of these claims and positions by Senator Obama lies the ambition to be president. What’s missing is the judgment to be commander in chief.
Who is writing his speeches? Hugh Hewitt? Jonah Goldberg? I have no idea if this will work, but McCain certainly is destroying his brand. Pure scum.
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I should probably add, that is a lot of heated rhetoric from Sen. McCain over Iraq, when last week he and his supporters were telling us it is just a little regional conflict, and not the great international crisis we thought it was.