McCain: Obama Playing Politics With War
In an interview in Columbus yesterday before a summit on cancer, McCain didn’t mince words: He said Obama has used the war for political reasons, including to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
He said Obama’s failure to support the troop surge or acknowledge that it is working, combined with his call for a 16-month timetable for withdrawing troops, shows "he would rather lose a war than a political campaign."
"This is indicative of his view that this is a political issue," McCain said, noting that he supported the surge when it wasn’t politically popular. "It’s far more important than gaining nominations or not gaining nominations. It has to do with the security of this nation."
I’m not going to pass judgment on whether Obama is playing politics with the war. Perhaps he is, and perhaps not. However, it is quite ironic that as McCain makes this accusation, he repeats his assertion that Obama "would rather lose a war than a political campaign." As has been noted by others, if that attack on Obama’s integrity does not constitute using the war for personal political gain, then I guess I don’t understand the concept.