The Brawler, deeply enjoying his hiatus, has had a good chuckle over John McCain's tut-tutting over Obama's foreign policy naivete and McCain's fearmongering -- i.e. elect Obama and we all die.
(McCain, as we know, would solve that Iraq thing by telling the Sunnis and the Shiite (assuming he could figure out who was who) to "stop the bullshit." Experience! Judgment!)
Why is the Brawler so amused? Because it shows yet again how Mr. McMaverick is willing to say the most shameless things.
Because 8 years ago John McCain was a callow 64 year old who made these remarks in Florida, apropos of the USS Cole bombing, leading up to the Bush-Gore contest:
"We just saw in the tragedy that befell those brave young Americans on board the USS Cole that we still live in a very dangerous world," McCain said as he introduced Bush at the Daytona Beach rally. "We need a steady hand on the tiller. We need the kind of leadership that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney will provide this country so we can not have those kinds of tragedies." (Newsday, 10/26/00)
That didn't work out so well. (And one wonders how McCain or Republicans would react if, days before the election, a large number of Americans were killed in Iraq and a senior Obama proxy -- a senator, say -- were to say the deaths of those brave young Americans demand you vote against war supporter John McCain.)
From that same Newsday story, another instance of McCain's stellar judgment:
"He is fully prepared to assume the duties of president of the United States of America," McCain said at a rally here. "I am fully convinced that this man can be one of the finest, and will be one of the finest, presidents of the United States that we have ever had."
Man, you got to give McCain credit. Despite all the nasty stuff Bush & Rove did to him in South Carolina, he could ass kiss with the best of them when a potential future run for the presidency was on the line.
So you'll have to pardon the Brawler if he has trouble taking John McCain's claims for foreign policy gravitas seriously. McCain has been making fatuous politicized statements about the world we live in for the better part of a decade (and lord only knows John "100 years in Iraq/Bomb Iran" McCain would only make the world a more dangerous place). And his schtick hasn't gotten any better with age.
A Washington Times story from the same time quoted McCain thusly:
Mr. McCain, who also made military issues a central part of his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination, accused the Clinton administration of conducting a "feckless photo-op foreign policy for which we may pay a very heavy price in American blood and treasure."
John McCain certainly knows from feckless photo ops. From his famed stroll through the safe streets of Baghdad under heavy helicopter escort: