McCain: Weak on Terrorism, Strong on Dictators Who Exploit the U.S.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 8:49 am

<p>Juan Cole unpacks McCain&rsquo;s Pakistan comments from last night over at <a href="http://www.juancole.com/2008/02/mccains-holiday-from-history-in.html">Informed Comment. </a>As the kids say, read the whole thing. But, really, let&rsquo;s get into <a title="this" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/19/us/politics/19text-mccain.html" id="jpqk">this</a>:</p>

<blockquote>[W]ill we risk the confused leadership of an inexperienced candidate who once suggested invading our ally, Pakistan, and sitting down without pre-conditions or clear purpose with enemies who support terrorists and are intent on destabilizing the world by acquiring nuclear weapons?<br /><br />

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<p>Obama said that if he had actionable intelligence about the whereabouts of al-Qaeda&rsquo;s senior leadership, who are in the tribal areas of Pakistan, he&rsquo;s wiping them off the face of the earth. So let&rsquo;s play by McCain&rsquo;s rules. Good to know that John McCain, who allegedly knows something about defending America in the course of advocating a war that has made America drastically less secure, would do <i>absolutely nothing</i>. Good to know that John McCain doesn&rsquo;t care that those people murdered 3,000 Americans. Good to know that John McCain doesn&rsquo;t think those souls demand justice. Good to know that John McCain would read an intelligence report about al-Qaeda in Pakistan planning to murder <i>more</i> Americans and say <span class="caps">LOL HAI LOOK IRAN KTHXBAI</span>.</p>

<p>Good to know that John McCain thinks Pervez Musharraf is a valuable ally. Good to know John McCain believes that the Pakistani security apparatus is best used when it neglects al-Qaeda, when it neglects to protect opposition candidates, and when it serves as the personal guard of Pervez Musharraf. Good to know that John McCain doesn&rsquo;t believe in results, he believes in satisfying a conventional wisdom that would run America into the abyss and lose the war against al-Qaeda. Good to know that the media won&rsquo;t treat what John McCain said for what it is: a statement of purest surrender against the people that killed 3,000 Americans and will kill many, many more if John McCain is president.</p><br />

<p>Update: Not everyone’s ignoring it. <a href="http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/02/mccain_soft_on_al_qaeda.html">Joe Klein takes McCain to task on Swampland</a>.</p>

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skulzfontaine
Comment posted February 20, 2008 @ 9:16 am

Juan Cole! Juan Cole! Juan Cole! The Professor ROCKS! It is still amazingly amazing to watch an intelligent and erudite educator the stature of Professor Cole take a pompous boob like John McCainiac to the school shed and literally whip his arse. I believe it’s called the old "slice and dice!" Lost in the post 9/11 early twenty first century obfuscation of Bush’s ‘war of terror’, are the plain facts and black history of how America got itself in this predicament in the first place. Professor Cole gives McCainiac your basic ‘refresher history 101′ and the Professor’s tutelage is sheer poetic beauty to behold and read. Hmmm, maybe we could get the good Professor to be our next president but I doubt that Professor Cole has the time or would even be bothered. Professor Cole is after all a man of honor. Oh yeah, and there is that world class intellect thingy.


skulzfontaine
Comment posted February 20, 2008 @ 3:16 am

Juan Cole! Juan Cole! Juan Cole! The Professor ROCKS! It is still amazingly amazing to watch an intelligent and erudite educator the stature of Professor Cole take a pompous boob like John McCainiac to the school shed and literally whip his arse. I believe it's called the old "slice and dice!" Lost in the post 9/11 early twenty first century obfuscation of Bush's 'war of terror', are the plain facts and black history of how America got itself in this predicament in the first place. Professor Cole gives McCainiac your basic 'refresher history 101' and the Professor's tutelage is sheer poetic beauty to behold and read. Hmmm, maybe we could get the good Professor to be our next president but I doubt that Professor Cole has the time or would even be bothered. Professor Cole is after all a man of honor. Oh yeah, and there is that world class intellect thingy.


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