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Cry me a river ...
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Joe Klein is scandalized:
John McCain said this today in Rochester, New Hampshire:

This is a clear choice that the American people have. I had the courage and the judgment to say I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war. It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.
This is the ninth presidential campaign I've covered. I can't remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate. It smacks of desperation. It renews questions about whether McCain has the right temperament for the presidency. How sad.
How clueless can one be? There has never been any doubt that Iraq is of no significance or importance to Barack Obama - and that means he really doesn't care about a successful outcome there. He simply wants us out - regardless. He'll mouth the platitudes about honoring our military's sacrifice, but bottom line, he's going to pull us out of there regardless of the advice he gets from generals or the conditions there at the time - and it has to do with politics and the presidency.

So it is hard to see how a statement of what I consider to be the truth is somehow "scurrilous". Unless, of course, you're clueless.

Says Klein:
So John McCain has to literally believe that Barack Obama would "rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign."
Uh, yeah. That's right. Obama will pin any loss on Bush and claim to be the father of any success because of his "tough love" (the removal of the troops forcing the Iraqis to reconcile and take charge of their own destiny - something, of course, they're already doing).

As Obama sees it, it's a win-win. Either way he benefits, but he really doesn't care if Iraq is a success or a failure.

What's phenomenal is that a veteran journalist like Klein is so into the weeds of the campaign (or so into the tank for Obama - or both) he can't see an obvious truth.
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And why not? After all, the Democrats preferred to lose Vietnam by cutting off aid rather than grant a victory to their nemesis, Richard Nixon.
Written By: Danny Lemieux
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He’s in the tank for Obama, as is much of the press.

The fake and phony outrage is one of the most disgusting traits of today’s left, of which Klein is an obvious follower.
Written By: Mark E
THE INITIAL MEDIA coverage of Barack Obama’s visit to Iraq suggested that the Democratic candidate found agreement with his plan to withdraw all U.S. combat forces on a 16-month timetable. So it seems worthwhile to point out that, by Mr. Obama’s own account, neither U.S. commanders nor Iraq’s principal political leaders actually support his strategy.
Spin .. spin .. ignore the facts.
Written By: Neo
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Well, if one forgets, Obama is a U.S. Senator. What was his reaction when Harry Reid declared on the Senate floor, as the Senate majority leader, that "the war is lost"?

Did Obama comment? Did he, as a presidential candidate, have any thoughts on his party’s leader in the Senate making such an outrageous, treacherous comment, which surely inspired some terrorist in Iraq to get out there and kill some more American soldiers?

Where was Obama’s "judgment to lead" on that one? "No comment"? Or was he even asked? Because, you know, he rarely talks to the press and stays away from them at virtually all times.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
I’ll do John McCain one better:

The Democratic Party has been invested in making sure we lose in Iraq and come back to America with our tail between our legs since 2003. If al Qaeda’s victory meant George W. Bush’s defeat, so be it if America has to lose - the Dems have been happy with that outcome since the war started.

Now let Joe Klein drop dead.
Written By: James Marsden
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Klein can only claim outrage because we are already winning in Iraq. If it was 2004-2005, then it would be more obvious that they want to flee and lose.
Written By: Harun
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