The message of John McCain's new attack ad that debuted Saturday both perfects and makes more harsh a theme that his campaign has been developing for weeks: specifically, that the Illinois Democrat does not care about American troops.
The Obama campaign defended itself with John McCain's own words - an excerpt from the Congressional Record meant to embarrass McCain for his tactics.
In a floor speech from May 2007, John McCain said: "How can we possibly find honor in using the fate of our servicemen to score political advantage in Washington? There is no pride to be had in such efforts. We are at war, a hard and challenging war, and we do no service for the best of us-those who fight and risk all on our behalf-by playing politics with their service."
In June, McCain apologized for using the image of Gen. David Petraeus in a political mailer, saying that politicization of the military would "not happen again" in his campaign.
Once again, McCain says one thing but does another. Or is this just another "Senior Moment" for McCain?
Forgetting what he has said previously, positions he has previously taken, facts like timelines, when the surge started, the difference between Shia and Sunni, that Czechoslovakia is a country that has not existed for the past 15 years as a nation, that Putin is not the President of Germany, that you can not veto a beer, that you do not deliver bottled hot water to dehydrated babies, that the borders of Iraq and Afghanistan are separate and distinct, etc, etc., ad nauseum.
Such "Senior Moments" were called "bloopers" or "gaffes" with George W. Bush, but with a 72 year-old John McCain such moments must be seen for what they are, namely: Alzheimer's Disease....
1960. KENNEDY / JOHNSON. VICTORY!
1980. REAGAN / BUSH. VICTORY!
History. Those who would make history must heed history, those who heed the lessons of history are blessed with success, those who would deny or turn a blind eye to history find no favor, their endeavors are doomed to failure. Look upon the election results dating back to 1960...
When two strong candidates divide a party, history tells us that only those two candidates can bring about party unity, and that is achieved by first uniting themselves behind a common goal, a common purpose.
Obama, man of unity, reach out to Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton, fighter, lady of destiny, fight for your party.
John McCain and George Bush have united to defeat you. Divided, you both will be defeated.
I happen to believe such a Defeat would be a Defeat for America.
Unite your forces, Obama and Hillary. Together you are unbeatable.
Your epic battle in the primary has been waged tenaciously, and from your brilliant battles you both now emerge, stronger than before, to bring about the Change America needs, the Health Care that is needed, the jobs that are needed, the green economy, the solution for our ailing foreign policy, etc.
I can not support either of you individually, for in my eyes, America needs both of you...
In 2004, Edwards was unable to deliver a single state to Kerry, not even his home state of North Carolina.
Hillary is the only choice for VP worthy of consideration. It is now, urgently so, NOW, when Obama must prove his ability to be a uniter, to reach out and heal the Democratic Party by bringing in Hillary as the VEEP...
English Summer Town (EST) is a one week Total Immersion Program for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers in Chile. From January 6 to January 11, 2008, 96 EFL teachers came from all over Chile, from Arica in the North to Punta Arenas in the South, to participate in EST 2008. It was held at the Centro de Perfeccionamiento e Investigación Pedagogía (CPEIP). During the week the teachers spoke English 100% of the time. They attended EFL training in the mornings and cultural events in the afternoons and evenings. The teachers networked, made new friends, shared their best practices, and learned from EFL / ELT experts such as Thomas Baker and the visiting Fulbright Scholars. Talks were given by past Fulbright Scholars and the highlight was the opportunity to meet the new Ambassador to Chile, Ambassador Paul Simons.
Senator McCain is extremely out of touch with the lives women are living in 2008.
John McCain opposed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (equal pay for equal work).
What about Reproductive Choice? McCain has pledged to overturn Roe VS Wade and he supports a Constitutional ban on all abortions...
1. Subprime mortgage crisis? John McCain OPPOSED legislation that would help working families KEEP their homes.
2. The minimum wage increase? McCain voted AGAINST the minimum wage raise Congress passed in 2007.
What about Iraq? McCain thinks women do NOT care that their sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters are fighting a war in Iraq. (He thinks 100 years is just fine)
What about Iran? McCain was singing his favorite song: Bomb-Bomb-Bomb Iran. (After all, women don't care about war - they simply hate Barack Obama so much that little things like wars, fair pay, Roe VS Wade, losing their homes and permanent Bush tax breaks for the wealthy don't matter).
WOMEN of AMERICA: John McCain is DANGEROUS for All Women!
Give Hope a Chance - Choose to vote for your Hopes and not for your FEARS! Vote for Barack Obama in 2008.
1-20-09: George Bush's last day in office. No third George Bush term for John McCain!
Category: News & Politics
Tags: Women support Obama McCain Dangerous Mr. Danger II
CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday he was pleased with the reduction of violence in Iraq since the deployment of more U.S. troops, but added it was a result of several factors, not just the "surge."
"We don't know what would have happened if the plan that I preferred in January 2007 -- to put more pressure on the Iraqis to arrive at a political reconciliation, to begin a phased withdrawal -- what would have happened had we pursued that strategy," Obama said after landing in Amman, Jordan.
"I am pleased that as a consequence of great effort by our troops -- but also as a consequence of a shift in allegiances among the Sunni tribal leaders as well as the decision of the Sadr militias to stand down -- that we've seen a quelling of violence," he said.
But, Obama said, a functioning Iraq ultimately will depend on the capacity of the Iraqi people to unify themselves, get beyond sectarian divisions and set up a government that works for the people.
"There is security progress. Now we need a political solution," he said.
Obama's stop in Jordan is the latest on his trip through the Middle East. So far, Obama also has been through Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. The senator from Illinois will visit Israel before embarking on the European leg of his trip, which will take him through Germany, France and the United Kingdom. "If we responsibly end the war in Iraq we can strengthen our military, step up our efforts to finish the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, and succeed in leaving Iraq to a sovereign government that can take responsibility for its own future," he said.
Obama underscored the need to redeploy combat troops from Iraq and shift resources to Afghanistan.
"That is where the 9/11 attacks were planned, and today in Afghanistan and the border region of Pakistan, al Qaeda and the Taliban are mounting a growing offensive against the security of the Afghan people and, increasingly the Pakistani people, while plotting new attacks against the United States."
Obama said he is pleased about "a growing consensus back home that we need more resources in Afghanistan."
While in Amman, Obama will meet with King Abdullah and other Jordanian officials.
This is my vote Against Ann Coulter. Republican Ann Coulter is voting Democrat 2008 (a lot of Republicans are). When I vote Republican she will really be ticked! She hates John McCain. Says he's destroying the Republican party. Says he's not a true conservative. Hmm, Ann will be highly pissed off, ticked off, when she finds out I voted Republican just so I could spite her.
Who needs equal pay for equal work anyway? I'm a man.
What do I care if Republicans won't let women choose what to do with their bodies? I'm a man.
What do I care about freedom of speech? I don't gossip or talk a lot, I'm a man.
Who needs the Constitution anyway when the government tells you what to do? The Constitution only gets in the way of running the country.
Ask George Bush. He had to get permission from Congress before he could Bomb Iraq. Imagine that.
Everyone knows Saddam had them Weapons of Mass Destruction but Bush (another real man)couldn't bomb fast enough and the Iraqis hid them WMD in a cave somewhere.
What do I care if Republicans keep this country in Iraq for another 100 years? I'm a man - Bomb Iran I say.
What do I care if my children don't learn anything in Republican schools? They can join the military and go to Iraq, travel, see the world, it's an adventure.
What do I care about Health Care? I'm a man, aint I? Only women go to hospitals!
What do I care about VA hospitals - real men die on the battlefield!
What do I care if John McCain divorced his first wife Carol when she was old, fat and crippled, then married Cindy 5 weeks later for her money and called her a cun** (in public) and Hillary a bitc*** (in public), loses his temper, accepted 300 Thousand dollars from Clayton Williams and refused to give it back even though Clayton joked about Rape: Quote: "Rape? It's like the weather. If it's inevitable, lay back and enjoy it".
George Bush, John McCain and Clayton Williams are real men. Real Men (especially Republican Real Men) gotta stick together.
So Ann, I'm voting Republican, ya hear me. How do you like that Ann? I'm voting Republican! I'm a real man, so: Lay Back and Enjoy It!
What's in a name?? Shakespeare once said, "A Rose by any other name would still smell as sweet." Accordingly, George Bush, whether he's called George Bush or John McCain, are still one and the same, their deeds lead to War, Death & Destruction...
Barack Obama said, "That is not the America that I know.
The America I know is the last, best HOPE for that child looking up at a helicopter. It's the country that put a man on the moon; that defeated fascism and helped rebuild Europe. It's a country whose strength abroad is measured not just by armies, but rather by the power of our ideals, and by our purpose to forge an ever more perfect union at home.
That's the America I know. We just have to act like it again to write that next chapter in the American story. If we do, we can keep America safe while extending security and opportunity around the world. We can hold true to our values, and in doing so advance those values abroad. And we can be what that child looking up at a helicopter needs us to be: the relentless opponent of terror and tyranny, and the light of HOPE to the world.
To make this story reality, it's going to take Americans coming together and changing the fundamental direction of this country. It's going to take the service of a new generation of young people. It's going to take facing tragedy head-on and turning it into the next generation's triumph. That is a challenge that I welcome. Because when we do make that change, we'll do more than win a war -- we'll live up to that calling to make America, and the world, safer, freer, and more hopeful than we found it."
"Progress in Iraq cannot be measured by the same ideological fantasies that got us into this war -- it must be measured by the reality of the facts on the ground. And today those sobering facts tell us to change our strategy and bring a responsible end to this war," Obama said. "What we need today is a surge in honesty."
The fact remains Iraq is on the verge of a civil war and the situation does not look good according to scholars well versed in Iraqi history, policy, and the current political situation.
"While we are training Iraqi's we do not know who they are loyal too. The truth is, right now Iran is emerging as the big winner from our invasion of Iraq." (General Wes Clark)
"The idea that we can stand up the Iraqi forces then come home is nice, simple, and American idea but does not reflect the reality of Iraq. While America has been in Northern Iraq working against the Sunni insurgents, Iran has been strengthening its position in the south, building up its Shiite militia allies and infiltrating the armed forces." (General Wes Clark)
The United States Marine Corps takes farmboys off tractors from the Dakotas, inner city youth from Los Angeles to New York City, skiiers from Denver, surfers from San Diego and everything in-between and turns them into an elite fighting combat ready fighting force in sixteen weeks.
Yet, two and a half years after training, not a single unit of the Iraqi security force is capable of standing on its own...
Question: Why does this ad show John McCain - 30 years younger - for a full 10 seconds after the end of the ad and we never see the John McCain of today - 72 years old - not age 42, as shown in the ad??? WTF? Age? McCain campaign is hiding his age, making him appear younger to voters? Deceptive...
Here's a fact that may surprise you:
Candidates have a LEGAL RIGHT TO LIE to voters just about as much as they want...
That comes as a shock to many voters.
Shouldn't candidates be required to tell the truth to voters? Yes. But ...
The First Amendment
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;..."
So, the very idea of self-government rests on the idea that voters — given enough uncensored information — can best decide who should be in power and who should not.
The U.S. Supreme Court said unanimously in a 1971 libel case, "It can hardly be doubted that the constitutional guarantee [of free speech] has its fullest and most urgent application precisely to the conduct of campaigns for political office."
And that explains why it is perfectly legal for a Senator John McCain to accuse a Senator Barack Obama of "wanting to lose a war"...
We the People of America, the Voter, must do our job to seek the truth. Actively. It's up to us.
Senator John McCain isn't going to do it for you. It's our responsibility, not his, and he knows it...
The next time John McCain asserts that Barack Obama "wants to lose a war for political gain" ask yourself: What evidence has Senator McCain presented to support his claim? (Likewise, do the same with any claim Senator Obama makes about Senator McCain)
What's my point? What am I driving at?
It's Up To Us, the Voter, We The People.
We have a duty and an obligation to vote FOR a candidate rather than AGAINST a candidate.
As a minimum, require your candidate to win/earn/deserve your vote by telling you the TRUTH, and not by scaring you, frightening you, playing to your FEARS about what might happen / could happen / will happen / should happen - IF THE OTHER GUY IS ELECTED!
That's called a DEFAULT election strategy. It goes like this:
"The other guy is a bad guy so you better vote for me, even though you know I'm gonna give you more of the same as George Bush. I'm the good guy. I'm experienced. I'm a War Hero. I will keep you safe and secure. I know how to win wars. I will win the Iraq War. I will hunt down Osama Bin Laden even if I gotta go to the Gates of Hell to get him. The Surge is working. The Surge is succeeding. It's not too important when our troops come home. We will be in Iraq for another 50 years. Maybe a hundred. A hundred? No, I meant a century. Our troops were fighting in 2 wars today. But in the year 2013 when I'm finishing my first term the troops are coming home. I know how to deal with the Iranians. Bomb-bomb-bomb Iran..."
You see what I mean about a DEFAULT election strategy?
That's John McCain 2008. I wonder what the John McCain of 2000 would do with this guy, this John McCain 2008 impostor??
This video/slideshow is my tribute to Senator Barack Obama, the 2008 Democratic Party's Presumptive Nominee for President.
If elected, Senator Obama will become the 16th President who "did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform." (Quote: Senator John McCain)
The performance of those 16 Presidents however, and, in light of the performance of the current President(George Bush), should leave even the most pessimistic pessimist very optimistic about his likelihood of capably performing the duties of the high office for which he seeks...
(Senator Obama's white grandfather served in Patton's Army in World WarII)
As for Senator McCain's recent comment that Senator Obama is not in a position to "lecture" him on the retention of Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) "the backbone of the military", I personally, a former NCO, who currently has a family member serving in the Officer Corps in Iraq on a second tour, will indeed "lecture" you, Senator McCain, in Senator Obama's stead:
If America asks the ultimate sacrifice of its young men and women in uniform, then America should give as generously as she possibly can so that America's young men and women, its future, who have not yet educated themselves, can do so, thereby ensuring America's long-term global competitiveness.
And the NCO Corps?
Those uncommonly talented, gifted and highly skilled individuals, leaders, who are identified early, mentored, cared for, trained, supported, and given the resources necessary to successfully complete the missions assigned to them, will, almost counter-intuitively, make career decisions to become NCO's, provided that incentives, such as promotions, signing bonuses, training, leadership schools, assignment choices, awards and decorations, health and dental care, family support services and mental care is met in a timely, expeditious manner.
A generous GI Bill may indeed entice a servicemember to not choose to be a career NCO, thereby hurting retention. Yet, in the long run, a young man or woman who has found the military lacking as a career choice after an initial enlistment should be honored by finding America willing to show concern for his/her future well-being as a veteran and citizen of a country for whom s/he stood in harm's way to protect and defend, against all enemies, foreign and domestic, with his/her very life, if need be...
To do any less for these Heroes, these Patriots, would be hypocritical, a desecration of a sacred pact, and an abomination to all for which America stands for...
Returning now to my previous point, who are the 15 Presidents (before Barack Obama) who were elected "that did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform?"
Great men, great leaders, one and all, among them:
1. John Adams
2. Thomas Jefferson
3. James Madison
4. John Quincy Adams
5. Martin Van Buren
6. James Polk
7. Millard Fillmore
8. Grover Cleveland
9. William Howard Taft
10. Woodrow Wilson
11. Warren G. Harding
12. Calvin Coolidge
13. Herbert Hoover
14. Franklin D. Roosevelt
15. William Jefferson Clinton
"The American Presidency - Profiles"
Finally, the tune is "Hail to the Chief", sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I play this specific tune knowingly in order to honor Senator Obama's sterling and truly inspiring accomplishments to the present date (irrespective of the final outcome) in pursuit of the highest office in the land, an office which heretofore has never been occupied by any man or woman of African-American descent, namely, the Presidency of the United States of America...
Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call.
Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
This you will do, that's our strong, firm belief.
Hail to the one we selected as commander,
Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief!
PUERTO RICAN REGGAETON STAR SUPPORTS BARACK OBAMA...EL REY
Barack Obama met Saturday with officials of a region of Afghanistan that has been a hotbed of Taliban and al-Qaida activity, offering his support for reconstruction and security there and throughout the country, an official said.
The Illinois senator, undertaking a campaign-season tour of combat zones and foreign capitals, began his first-ever visit to Afghanistan as part of an official congressional delegation that landed in Kabul.
Obama and other members of Congress visited Bagram Air Field, the main U.S. military base in the country, to meet with top U.S. military leaders and troops.
The Red Cross International Committee interviewed "high-value" prisoners at Guantanamo. In a report submitted to the CIA it said, "..abuse constitutes War Crimes, placing the highest officials in the US government in jeopardy of being prosecuted".
The Dark Side (by Jane Mayer)
George Bush could receive the same punishment he gave to Saddam Hussein... imagine that...
Surge = Increase. But McBush didn't increase anything. McBush robbed Peter to Pay Paul by shifting / diverting troops from the War on Terror in Afghanistan to Iraq.
Results? Violence is down in Iraq. Meanwhile violence in Afghanistan is up: 9 Dead, 15 Wounded and an abandoned military outpost "near the Pakistani border" (our ally).
So, now McBush declares Victory (again) in Iraq and "Surges" BACK to Afghanistan...
IMPRESSIVE - OBAMA'S SUCCESS SHOULD MAKE ALL AMERICANS PROUD...
John McCain is a Fundamentally Flawed Candidate. You are supposed to BE a Republican,- NOT a Liberal masquerading as a Republican - and share common core values with Republicans when you campaign to be the Republican Party Candidate for President!
McCain's Folly is in thinking that it is simply enough to call yourself a Republican and the Party votes will automatically happen out of Party Loyalty. (John McCain is OUR candidate, isn't he? So, who cares if McCain isn't conservative, at least he's a Republican and that makes him better than Their Candidate, right?)...
Mr. McCain, that's a fallacy and elitism. Fallacy: The people do as they are told to do, no thinking for yourself allowed.
Elitism: Rule by a select few (elites)(you and George Bush for example) who have taken the country from one Fiasco to another year after year for the past seven and a half years.
And what about the: Economy? Iraq War? Energy? Foreign Policy? Health Care? Gas Prices? Free Trade? Global Warming? Torture? WTF!
We The People Can Rule Our Country Better!
Now do you understand why the people, yes, We The People of America, WE are ready for CHANGE!
Senator McCain, you freely, honestly and publicly admitted that you "need to be educated" on the Economy.
Economy Stimulus Checks, gas tax holiday and your vote AGAINST the Bush Tax Cuts (that you flip-flopped on) and now have vowed to make Permanent-John-McCain-Tax-Cuts indeed exemplify your admitted need for education. (Give us straight-talk - not Double-Talk - on the Economy, please)
Can you explain to me, WE THE PEOPLE, how "Bomb-Bomb-Bomb Iran", stay in Iraq for 100 years, no dialogue or negotiation with America's enemies, more Free Trade Agreements - How is all this going to make America safer and more prosperous???
America is seen as a BULLY, untrustworthy, and a LIAR in the eyes of the international community. Or have you forgotten the magnificent (WMD) Weapons of Mass Destruction performance at the United Nations by Colin Powell? Or Secretary Rice who says, "I'm glad we invaded Iraq."
By the way, wasn't the Iraq war officially declared, "Mission Accomplished" on May 2, 2003? That was 5 years ago!
Isn't it amazing how we in America can train a young man or woman in 16 weeks to become a combat-ready Marine and in 5 years we haven't been able to train the Iraqis to police their own country?
Finally, your latest Rovian-smear-tactic against Senator Obama.
On your website:
you have posted a Press Release dated July 3, 2008 as follows:
IN 13 DAYS, BARACK OBAMA WENT FROM SUPPORTING FUNDING FOR OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ TO VOTING AGAINST IT...
Conpicuously absent is a coherent answer to the question it begs, namely, "Why" would he fail to support funding? You frame the answer as a "political move to satisfy his base".
Your Press Release failed to mention that a previous bill supported by Senator Obama and Senator Clinton had been vetoed by George Bush because it included a Timeline for Troop Withdrawals. Imagine that, a Senator wanting to withdraw only 4 years after "Mission Accomplished"! McCain, your political idol, your hero, yes - a hero's hero - Theodore Roosevelt, is speaking to you from the grave. Listen. Shhhh.
Listen to him. Speak to John McCain Mr. Roosevelt:
(Theodore Roosevelt's recorded voice) "Are the American People fit to rule themselves, govern themselves, control themselves? Yes!....."that the majority of plain people of the United States, will day in and day out, make fewer mistakes than any smaller class or body of men, no matter what thier training"... (Bush-Rumsfeld-Cheney-Powell-Rice-McClellan-etc.-etc.).....
A Bull Moose Progressive, Theodore Roosevelt, cost Republicans the election of 1912. It was unthinkable that a candidate who needed the votes of liberals, moderates and conservatives could win an election, let alone govern effectively if elected. Too many competing interests, no unity, no cohesion would have been possible.
John McCain, today you are running on a Bull Moose Progressive Party Platform while calling yourself a Republican.
Ann Coulter, James Dobson, Rush Limbaugh and a host of other Republicans are right about you.
Your defeat or your election inevitably ruins the Republican Party by damning the GOP to be held responsible for your actions/inaction as President or the divisions within the GOP caused by your experiment of mixing liberalism and light-hearted conservatism.
How long will the USA be in this war? John McCain: "For the next century."
John McCain's campaign has released a new 30-second television ad, "Safe," in which he discusses his and his family's experiences in war.
McCain is spending $3 million on ads expected to begin running today.
McCain is focusing on battleground states: "Democrats monitoring his spending said the commercials would run in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada and New Mexico; beginning on Saturday, he bought time in Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania."
"Only a FOOL or a FRAUD talks tough or romantically about WAR," McCain, looking directly at the camera from in front of a stark black background, says in the spot.
John McCain: "I hate war." (You believe me don't you?)
"I'm running for President to keep the country I love safe."
John, are you the same John McCain who said we will be in Iraq for the next century???
I don't trust you John McCain... Do you my friends trust John McCain, can we afford to trust John McCain???
What Republicans are saying about McCain sends chills down my spine...
"The thought of his being President sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me." Senator Thad Cochran, R-MS
"I decided I didn't want this guy anywhere near a trigger." Senator Pete Domenici, R-NM
"There's nothing redeeming about John McCain...he's a hypocrite." Former House GOP Whip Tom DeLay
"I'll campaign for hillary if McCain gets the nod." Author and Political Pundit Ann Coulter
"John didn't vote for Bush." Busty Bush Babe Pam