Friday, August 15, 2008

Stupidity Must Be A Benefit For Republicans (UPDATE)

I heard a "week in review" kind of thing on NPR, featuring Ruth Marcus, and some guy from The Mooney Standard, and both of them agreed that the recent events in Georgia were "a net plus for Sen. McCain" (as these exact words were used by both of them, I feel safe putting them in quotes). I can't, for the life of me, understand whether it is profound stupidity or willful ignorance that leads these alleged journalists to not notice that John McCain has demonstrated his unfitness to lead the US in a crisis, even one as minor and ultimately inconsequential as this.

The Carpet Bagger Report has a nice rundown on his latest stupid remarks.
“My friends, we have reached a crisis, the first probably serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War. This is an act of aggression.”

Please stop and think about those two sentences. Considering their source - a man who has pushed for more and more American military action since advocating using ground forces in Kosovo in the late 1990's, McCain seems blissfully, or willfully, or perhaps Alzheimersly unaware of the following list, also provided by this same post to which I linked above.
The Cold War effectively ended 19 years ago, and the conflict between Russia and Georgia is the first serious international crisis in that time? Are you kidding me?

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the U.S. has fought (or is fighting) two wars in Iraq, a war in Afghanistan, and two conflicts in the Balkans. There have been multiple crises in Israel. There was a burgeoning nuclear crisis with North Korea. There is, and has been, a crisis in Darfur. There have been multiple, shall we say, tense moments between Pakistan and India, nuclear powers both. One could make the argument that the attacks of Sept. 11 were, themselves, a serious international crisis.

The only thing more embarrassing than John McCain's utterly horrid performance this past week has been the fawning press coverage, touting his alleged experience on matters of foreign policy. Yet, every time you actually look at what McCain says, you are forced to cringe at the lack of any serious content, and shudder at the prospect of someone so bellicose, yet so ill-informed, leading our nation's military.

UPDATE: You know, just when you think McCain's campaign can't get any worse, it goes and does something like this. Apparently, the "I know you are but what am I times infinity" rebuttal works in the circles McCain runs in.

He is programming himself to lose. I think he actually believes all that "Straight Talk" crap.

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