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The Most Critical Component Of The Surge

Time travel:

Let’s review:

* McCain said the surge started in 2007, after the Anbar Awakening that began in 2006.

* On Wednesday, McCain shifted gears and said the surge started in 2006, before the Anbar Awakening.

* On Thursday, McCain shifted gears again and said everyone except him is confused about what the surge is, and defined it as “a counterinsurgency strategy” that was launched before the troop escalation and the Anbar Awakening.

* And on Friday, McCain shifted gears again and re-embraced the original meaning of the word “surge,” which he now believes was launched shortly after the “birth” of the Anbar Awakening.

Just for fun, let’s not lose sight of the fact that McCain held all four of these competing and contradictory positions over the course of a single week.

And McCain is nevertheless basing his entire presidential campaign on his unrivaled expertise on, and support for, Bush’s Iraq policy.

It’s as if the McCain campaign is premised on the hope that voters aren’t paying any attention.

Well, not that voters aren’t paying any attention, so much as that the media won’t actually point any of this out.  It’s very easy to make that case that McCain’s foreign policy and war-making expertise are nonexistent, but no-one outside of the liberal blogosphere or the Obama campaign is making it.  I do hope that Obama puts out some nice aggressive “McCain Vs. McCain” ads this fall.

5 comments July 26th, 2008 at 01:18pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Iraq,McCain,Politics,Republicans


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