Guns Don’t Kill People…

May 29th, 2008at 09:34pm Posted by Eli

…Shaking hands with American politicians kills people.

John McCain invited Barack Obama for a photo-op trip to Iraq together: (h/t Needlenose)

Over the weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s top surrogates, laid the groundwork for McCain’s criticism in a television interview in which he noted Obama’s absence from Iraq and floated the idea that Obama and McCain should go together to be briefed by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Asked whether he’d be willing to take such a trip, McCain told the AP: “Sure. It would be fine.”

“I go back every few months because things are changing in Iraq,” he said. McCain questioned whether Obama has ever been briefed by Petraeus. “I would also seize that opportunity to educate Senator Obama along the way.”

The Obama campaign quickly responded in the negative:

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Of course, Obama is right. This is nothing more than a cheap political stunt. But it’s worse than that. George Bush and John McCain love to take pictures with their Iraqi “friends” but those friends have a disturbing habit of turning up dead shortly thereafter:

The fact is, people are dying for these photo-ops. Being associated with the U.S. is bad enough in a country where every side seems to be against us. Being publicly photographed shaking the enemy’s hand is literally a death sentence.

Whatever the way forward is in Iraq, our politicians need to stop using Iraqi stooges for political gain. You don’t need to have been there to be taken seriously when talking about the war, and you certainly don’t need a picture of your with a scared looking sheik to be legitimate. So don’t go to Iraq! All you are doing is making your friends into targets.

Obama was right to deny McCain’s political stunt. These photo-ops kill people.

Hey, what’s a few more dead Iraqis when American votes are at stake?  Surely the competence and awesomeness of a McCain presidency would end up saving far more Iraqi lives than would be snuffed out by a thoughtless dog-and-pony tour, right?  Yes, I’m sure that must be correct.

Entry Filed under: Iraq,McCain,Politics,Republicans,Wankers,War


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