Tuesday, April 08, 2008

McMore Of McSame

John McCain - The Warmonger:

Schultz on McCain: 'The man's a warmonger'

We Got Ed:

Schultz told CNN host John Roberts, "Labeling a candidate is not being disrespectful."

Schultz said, "McCain's policies fit the description, there's no question about that. ... John McCain has no end game in Iraq. ... (He) is saber rattling with Iran. ... The man is a warmonger."

Radio host Ed Schultz calls McCain "Warmonger":

McCain’s Speech On Progress In Iraq Interrupted
By News Of Mortars Hitting The Green Zone

Watch the video at Think Progress:

Today, [April 7, 2007] Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, making the case for the “unmistakable progress” in Iraq.

A telling moment in his remarks came when he was arguing why President Bush’s surge “dramatically turned around the situation in Iraq.” Just as he reached this point in his speech, MSNBC cut away to report on escalating violence in Iraq:

McCAIN: Faced with the prospect of defeat, we had two fundamental choices. We could retreat from Iraq and accept the horrible consequences of our defeat. Or we could change strategies and try to turn things around. It was, I believe, a critical moment in our nation’s history, and a time of testing for our nation’s political leadership.

In the year that has passed, our nation showed its strength —

MSNBC: And speaking of Iraq, we do have breaking news out of Iraq, where at least four mortars have been fired into the heavily-fortified Green Zone today. It’s unclear at this time if there are casualties or any major damage. Now the news comes just a day after five U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq. Two, again, inside that Green Zone.

More Time for More of the Same?

NYT Editorial:

Fifteen months ago, President Bush acknowledged that violence in Iraq had gotten so out of control that he needed to send 20,000 more troops into the war zone. Improved security, he argued, would allow Iraqi Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds the space to reach political compromises and develop a shared vision of the future so they and their country could move forward.

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But what has not happened over the last 15 months is far more important.

The Iraqi military is still not able to fight its own battles, even with American backup. Iraqi politics are deeply riven. Parliament has not passed a law on sharing oil wealth or rules for provincial elections. And far too much of the country is under the control of ethnic militias — some currently in the pay of the United States (although for how long is anybody’s guess) and some sworn to kill as many of their own countrymen and as many Americans as they can.

Consider the events of the last few days.

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Meanwhile, the toll in lives and treasure mounts. The Times reported on Sunday that repeated battlefield tours have so debilitated American troops that Army leaders fear for their mental health.

Among the questions General Petraeus needs to answer is when will the Iraqi Army be ready to fight? How — after all of the American training and effort — does he explain the 1,000 defections in Basra? And why should Americans believe that his strategy deserves more time or has a real chance of success?

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