Posts Tagged ‘John McCain’

Experience Matters

November 2, 2008

In 1963, John (Jack) Kennedy,  the youngest President ever elected, through a series of missteps and miscalculations and foreign policy inexperience, had taken the United States to the brink of nuclear war with the USSR. The positioning of American nuclear missiles in Turkey, on the border with the USSR, had elicited a tit-for-tat response from the Russian. Nuclear missiles and launch sites were being constructed in Cuba. Sen. John McCain recalled those days last week:

Sen. Biden referred to how Jack Kennedy was tested in the Cuban Missile Crisis. My friends, I had a little personal experience in that. I was on board the USS Enterprise. I sat in the cockpit of a flight deck on the USS Enterprise off of Cuba. I had a target. My friends, do you know how close we came to nuclear war? America will not have a President who needs to be tested. I’ve been tested my friends.

How many people heard this McCain remark reported in the media? What should have been on the front page of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post was ignored. Because, young voters – going to the polls for the first time, that is how close this nation came to destruction. You’ll never hear about the days of the “Cuban Missile Crisis” in the news during this election. Not one word will be spoken about food shortages as worried Americans removed every canned item from the shelves as they stocked their improvised home fall-out shelters.  Nor will you hear about three minute air-raid siren tests that had average citizens looking at their watches in fear, or plans for the large-scale evacuation of the cities of New York and Washington, DC.

While Barack Obama was still in diapers, John McCain sat in the cockpit of his plane off the coast of Cuba with a target destination for his bombs – at the orders of a an inexperienced President who had stumbled into a nuclear “line in the sand” with the USSR. While anyone doing research on the days of that crisis will find many sites that trumpet the event as if it was somehow a victory for the young brothers Jack and Robert Kennedy, the truth is that in exchange for the guarantee of the removal of American nuclear missiles from Turkey, the Russians agreed to remove their nuclear missiles from Cuba.

Hopefully, by presenting to bright-eyed young students, with freshly issued voter registration cards and the possibility of deciding this election, some actual history and not some empty slogan like “Hope!” or “Change!”  the words of George Santayana, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it,” will have some added (throw) weight.

ADDITIONAL: In October 1967, John McCain was shot down over North Vietnam. Badly injured, he was captured, tortured, and spent the next five years as a prisoner of war. His wounds left him with physical limitations which continue to this day. The roots of the American involvement in South Vietnam? President John F. Kennedy, starting in May 1961:

The youthful Kennedy administration is inexperienced in matters regarding Southeast Asia. Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense, 44-year-old Robert McNamara, along with civilian planners recruited from the academic community, will play a crucial role in deciding White House strategy for Vietnam over the next several years. Under their leadership, the United States will wage a limited war to force a political settlement. (The History Place – Vietnam War)

No al-Qaeda Endorsement For McCain

October 30, 2008

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Senator John McCain failed to receive an al-Qaeda endorsement today. Instead Abu Yahya al-Libi, a militant preacher and recruiter for the terror group issued a blanket condemnation of the Republican party:

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“O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the Worlds, degrade and defy him,”

Abu Yahya al-Libi said at the end of sermon marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, in a video posted on the Internet. source

Prior endorsements by al-Qaeda, notably in the 2004 election, when they supported Sen. John Kerry, have had a deleterious effect, so it may be safe to assume they did not wish to come right out and endorse Sen. Obama.

Abu Yahya al-Libi is no stranger to terrorist propaganda. From October 2006, Rueters article ( now MIA ):

“A man believed to be a top al Qaeda militant who escaped from a U.S. jail near Kabul was shown in a new videotape broadcast on Tuesday exhorting followers in Afghanistan to fight on until they attack the White House.
“Allah will not be pleased until we reach the rooftop of the White House,” Abu Yahya al-Libi was shown telling fighters in the tape aired by the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television.
The channel said the tape was one-hour long, showing footage of Libi urging fighters to train hard and even to try to acquire nuclear technology.
“You have to get well prepared by starting with exercise, and then you have to learn how to use technology until you are capable of nuclear weapons,” he said.

Joe Biden’s Own Words

October 26, 2008

A New Low

October 23, 2008

Barack Obama: “I want you to argue with them, and get in their face…”

John Murtha: “There’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area…”

And now this:

Busted

Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard tells Channel 4 Action News that the victim was robbed at knifepoint on Wednesday night outside of a Citizens Bank near Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street just before 9 p.m.

Richard said the robber took $60 from the woman, then became angry when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on the victim’s car. The attacker then punched and kicked the victim, before using the knife to scratch the letter “B” into her face, Richard said. more

To those with a concern about what appears to be a backwards letter “B” – this is the view from the assailants position if standing over the victims head:

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UPDATE: Busted:

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Police sources tell KDKA that a campaign worker has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter “B” in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker. source

Let’s hope she gets some professional help. I also hope that the two candidates at the top of this post cool the rhetoric down to a professional level.

Shocking Poll Data

October 22, 2008

Shocka!

WASHINGTON (AP) – The presidential race tightened after the final debate, with John McCain gaining among whites and people earning less than $50,000, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows McCain and Barack Obama essentially running even among likely voters in the election homestretch.

The poll, which found Obama at 44 percent and McCain at 43 percent, supports what some Republicans and Democrats privately have said in recent days: that the race narrowed after the third debate as GOP-leaning voters drifted home to their party and McCain’s “Joe the plumber” analogy struck a chord. source/more

Game changer?

Game changer?

Struck a “chord”? Joe the plumber single-handedly revealed to the American public Barack Obama’s true agenda when Obama made the “you gotta spread the wealth around” comment.

Anyone Paying Attention?

September 24, 2008

I went into a branch office of the nations largest bank yesterday and reality slapped me in the face. The signboard in the lobby, which had sat there forever displaying the mortgage rates on the different term loans the bank offered was pushed to the corner. All of the rates were erased.
No more mortgages?
A cornerstone of both the American economy and the American dream of owning a home over?

A call to the main office this morning dispelled my paranoia.

False alarm.

For now.

The finger-pointing of this near total meltdown will now begin. The era of “compassionate conservatism” is over. Hopefully we will now see a return to the days of the bean-counting, knuckle-dragging conservative types who will insist that borrowers actually earn the money they say that they do, will insist that borrowers put 10 or 20% down on a home so that walking away from a mortgage is something that will cost them dearly, and that banks will not be forced to make loans to individuals or into areas that they decide is imprudent.

The nation’s grand experiment in socialism has taken us to the brink of financial disaster. With that, a note from Senator John McCain who co-sponsored legislation two years ago to attempt to avert this near disaster:

America this week faces an historic crisis in our financial system. We must pass legislation to address this crisis. If we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy. People will no longer be able to buy homes and their life savings will be at stake. Businesses will not have enough money to pay their employees. If we do not act, ever corner of our country will be impacted. We cannot allow this to happen.

Last Friday, I laid out my proposal and I have since discussed my priorities and concerns with the bill the Administration has put forward. Senator Obama has expressed his priorities and concerns. This morning, I met with a group of economic advisers to talk about the proposal on the table and the steps that we should take going forward. I have also spoken with members of Congress to hear their perspective.

It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the Administration’s proposal. I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time.

Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative. I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me.

I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.

We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved. I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night’s debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.

I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people. All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set politics aside, and I am committed to doing so.

Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis. We must show that kind of patriotism now. Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.

The response from Senator Obama?
“If you need me, call me.”

Instrument Panel A-4 Skyhawk

September 12, 2008

Senator Barack Obama’s campaign released a video today attacking Senator John McCain because he does not open his own e-mails, or use a computer. I’m sure Senator Obama could climb into this cockpit and take off and land from a moving aircraft carrier, day and night without a problem. Right?

Hello, 0bama? Heard of something called staff? They come in handy when ♪ you’ve got mail ♪ plays on your personal computer at 3 a.m.

Hat tip

UPDATE:

Just found this from a March, 2000 article on John McCain:

McCain’s severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. source

This places Obama in the position of criticizing a veteran crippled by his captors in a North Vietnam prison. Not exactly an enviable position to be in.