Friday, May 30, 2008

High Comedy: Obama Attacks McCain Over Iraq

After rejecting John McCain's invitation to tour Iraq together, the Obama camp is now insane enough to actually attack McCain over his knowledge of the subject.

You can't make this stuff up.

Even more amusing, they use a fraud to go out and question McCain's cred.
Surrogates for Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign pushed back against Sen. John McCain today, questioning the expected Republican nominee’s comprehension of foreign policy, strains on the U.S. military, and his strategy for the Iraq war.

Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the party’s 2004 presidential nominee who has shared close ties to McCain and reportedly flirted with putting McCain on his presidential ticket, offered a harsh rebuke of the Arizona senator’s recent and regular criticism of Obama as a candidate too inexperienced to lead the country, particularly as it pertains to Iraq and national security.

Kerry, like McCain a Vietnam War veteran, ticked off a list of McCain’s missteps on Iraq, including misstating the troop levels in Iraq at a Wisconsin town hall meeting Thursday, and his recent highly publicized flub incorrectly identifying Iranians as training al Qaeda.
Do the Obama people really want to get into people's flubs?

Now the McCain camp fires back.
Team McCain just held a media conference call with the campaign's foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann and Senator Jon Kyl, who conclude that no, Obama doesn’t want to go there. "It's instructive that the Obama campaign, rather than deal with that real issue and Obama's lack of experience, is trying to nitpick the verb or the tense of the verb about the surge troops being home," said Kyl. Obama hasn’t been to Iraq since January 2006, and McCain has been five times since then.

"The real point is that al Qaeda has been significantly, significantly degraded in Iraq as well as other places, that the surge that General Petraeus put into place last year has significantly worked, that violence is significantly down, and that as a result of these successes, we are able to bring troops home," said Kyl. Three of the five surge brigades are home and the rest will be home by July, so McCain wasn't incorrect in his statement that we have "drawn down to pre-surge levels."

Scheunemann focused on the Obama camp's dismissive response to the idea of a trip to Iraq with McCain and Obama's numerous gaffes this week. "Senator Obama has said he will follow his withdrawal plan which amounts to retreat and surrender regardless of the events on the ground, regardless of the advice of military commanders," said Scheunemann, responding to a reporter who questioned McCain's verb usage. "If we're going to talk about verb tenses in this level of detail rather than the fact that Senator Obama doesn't care enough about what's going on in Iraq to either meet General Petraeus or to take the time to visit the country in the last 873 days, let's talk about some of the other things Senator Obama has said, like campaigning in 57 states...or...a nonexistent uncle that helped the Red Army liberate Auschwitz."
Obama is by far weakest against McCain when it comes to military affairs and national security, and it's absurd they'd even want to get into a debate over it, thereby drawing more attention to his ineptitude. Then again, Kerry blundered away any shot at the White House by trying to build up his dubious military history only to have it torpedoed by the Swift Boat Vets for Truth, who exposed him as a serial prevaricator.

Doing Obama's bidding here won't help Gaffe Man, who's probably just desperate to change the subject after another psychotic friend of his grabbed headlines yesterday.

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