McCain Dumber than Bush on Iraq; Does He Know What a Shiite Militia Is? | WisCommunity

McCain Dumber than Bush on Iraq; Does He Know What a Shiite Militia Is?

Update II:  Update: ">Obama Scores against McCain #cc0000"> #cc0000"> #cc0000"> That McCain cannot be bothered to get the exact quote before he puts words in his opponent&;s mouth and makes a lot of wild, inaccurate charges, doesn&;t suggest he could be trusted with sensitive diplomacy or other presidential tasks. ... The allegation that (McCain) makes about there being &;al-Qaeda in Iraq&; that could well take over the country is part lie and part insanity. ... They don&;t call themselves &;al-Qaeda in Iraq.&; The major such group is &;The Islamic State of Iraq.&; And to say that they have &;bases&; in Iraq is pretty grandiose. They have some safe houses and try to take and hold neighborhoods, so far with indifferent success. The idea that this small minority of violent Muslim fundamentalists could take over Iraq is completely crazy. They haven&;t even been able to keep their toehold in Baghdad-- the Sunnis have been largely ethnically cleansed from the capital by Shiite militias. - Juan Cole Senator John McCain is in way over his head. McCain speaking yesterday after the Democratic debate, offered: "... Senator Obama made the statement that if Al Qaeda came back to Iraq ... after the American troops are withdrawn, then he would send military troops back, if Al Qaeda established a base in Iraq. I have some news. Al Qaeda is in Iraq. It’s called Al Qaeda in Iraq. My friends, if we left, they wouldn’t be establishing a base. They’d be taking a country, and I’m not going to allow that to happen... "

John McCain apparently believes that the Sunni tribes and the Shiite majority (with their various militias) in Iraq will, after the hypothetical withdrawal of American troops, allow the Sunni Al Qaeda to take over "a country," a ridiculous proposition that even the most pedestrian of students of Iraq recognize as an absurdity. Will the corporate media call McCain on this rubbish?
"John McCain may like to say he wants to follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of Hell, but so far all he’s done is follow George Bush into a misguided war in Iraq," ">said Obama.


February 28, 2008 - 6:36am