McCain’s Ignorance of The Surge Is A Big Deal
Following on our post yesterday about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) not understanding the surge and the Anbar awakening, Matt Yglesias, Ilan Goldenberg, Seth Colter Wallis and others have added important reporting and context. My favorite summation, I think, is Ilan’s:
This is not controversial history. It is history that anyone trying out for Commander in Chief must understand when there are 150,000 American troops stationed in Iraq. It is an absolutely essential element to the story of the past two years. YOU CANNOT GET THIS WRONG. Moreover, what is most disturbing is that according to McCain’s inaccurate version of history, military force came first and solved all of our problems. If that is the lesson he takes from the Anbar Awakening, I am afraid it is the lesson he will apply to every other crisis he faces including, for example, Iran.
Keith Olbermann led last night’s “Countdown” with it. Watch:
I’m told as well that on CNN, Anderson Cooper called McCain’s ignorance a “potential game changer.” More soon.