By now most of us know about Cincinnati controversial talk show host Bill Cunningham's gutter politics comments in warming up a crowd before John McCain would speak. Cunningham repeatedly emphasized Obama's Muslim middle name and tried to make him sound as if he'd be friends with radical Islamic leaders. Of course this kind of talk is actively mudding up the water that was stirred up with that false viral email going around that said Obama was a radical Muslim, which is obviously playing on people's ignorance and fears of fundamentalist Jihadists.
Well McCain disavowed himself from those comments and apologized but it sounded to me like plausible deniability or the "good cop, bad cop" routine. Cunningham goes out and spews his crap and then McCain plays the good cop role and apologizes. Part of the reason that I have this suspicion is because Cunningham is now saying that the McCain campaign told Cunningham to "throw some red meat" to the crowd to warm them up. Surely the McCain campaign new of the controversial nature of this particular talk show host and keep him off the stage.
However, during the McCain disavowal he claimed that he had never met Cunningham but that is not how Cunningham sees it. "After saying that he'd met McCain twice, Cunningham insisted 'I'm not gonna meet him again.'"
"McCain says he doesn't know me, says he's never met me, can't say my name. I've met the guy twice and had dinner with him," Cunningham said. "Remember me, John?"
Someone isn't telling the truth as to if these two met and I think I believe Cunningham, what does the man have to lose? He can't keep his mouth shut and keep a secret if he wanted to but McCain has a lot to lose if he admitted that they met--twice no less. So yet again, the "Straight Talk Express" seems have become the "Double Talk Express." First it was, he doesn't have lobbyists on his staff and then he does have lobbyists on board. Now it's I never met the guy but then he did.
Obama vs. McCain on al-Qaeda in Iraq:
McCain criticized Obama for saying in Tuesday night's Democratic debate that, after U.S. troops were withdrawn, as president he would act "if al-Qaida is forming a base in Iraq."
"I have some news. Al-Qaida is in Iraq. It's called `al-Qaida in Iraq,'" McCain told a crowd in Tyler, Texas, drawing laughter at Obama's expense.
Obama quickly answered back while campaigning in Ohio. "I do know that al-Qaida is in Iraq and that's why I have said we should continue to strike al-Qaida targets," he told a rally at Ohio State University in Columbus.
"But I have some news for John McCain," Obama added. "There was no such thing as al-Qaida in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq. ... They took their eye off the people who were responsible for 9/11 and that would be al-Qaida in Afghanistan, that is stronger now than at any time since 2001."
GOI: My take is that John "100 years in Iraq" McCain took Obama's answer out of the context of the question. Hell, by his own admission he didn't even watch the debate!! He was just spoon fed this inaccurate position by his handlers. The question was that if it was seen that al-Qaeda was beginning to take over again after America left, would a President Obama go back in.
Currently al-Qaeda is not so strong in Iraq and so Obama's answer is contingent upon al-Qaeda reforming a base in Iraq upon America leaving the Arab country. In that context Obama's comments saying,"if al-Qaida is forming a base in Iraq" are very appropriate. John McCain is smart enough to understand the context but he is banking in his cheap shot that many of his supporters had not watched the debate and or don't understand the nuance involved in Obama's comments.Barack Obama isn't opposing the surge just to be "cool" or whatever. He understands that this war is not sustainable. Perhaps indeed there are signs that the surge it is working but how long can we keep this up while the Iraqis bicker in parliament and languish in a political swap? Obviously we can't keep this up militarily with soldiers going back four and five times but we can't sustain it financially either. In the midst of the financial recession that we face here at home and with all the home foreclosures we simply can't afford throwing more money into that money pit without ruining our economy further. If John McCain can bankroll this war himself then let him keep up the "good fight." The rest of us have bills to pay and families to feed. It is irresponsible for an American president to put the financial and infrastructural well-being of Iraqis before Americans.
The Center for American Progress breaks the financial burden of Iraq down further.
UPDATE: Bush is speaking up for McCain and I say if Dubya wants to be a McCain surrogate then he should keep on speaking. The more he talks about the race the more votes McCain loses.
Oh and Bush is criticizing Barack Obama for wanting to talk with our enemies. These people don't get it that you can't end tensions between the U.S. and other countries by just talking with our friends. Remember Richard Nixon going to China? We meet with the Chinese leaders all the time while trading with them and yet they are a totalitarian regime and have one of the worst human rights records in the world. the McCain/Bush ticket forgets that their great Ronald Reagan met with Gorbachev the Soviet Premier before the break up of the USSR. So meeting with these leaders can achieve success.
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