Wednesday, November 01, 2006

John McCain on the sacrifices of our Iraqi War veterans

Yesterday Senator John McCain was campaigning with Peter Roskam who is the Republican candidate for Congress in the Illinois 6th Congressional District. Roskam’s Democratic opponent is Iraqi war veteran Tammy Duckworth, who walks on two artificial legs as a result of injuries suffered in Iraq. Roskam is not a veteran.

McCain had this to say about the sacrifice of our veterans:
I go out to Walter Reed quite often and see these brave young soldiers who have served and sacrificed so much. Many of them have lost limbs, as you know. And it's a very sad thing to see. But at the same time it's very uplifting.

But what was the sacrifice of our Iraqi War veterans for? When the war started we were told it was necessary to eliminate Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction. When it turned out there weren’t any the stated reasons for the war shifted to bringing the benefits of western style democracy to the region. That no longer seems very likely so now we are told that the war in Iraq is part of the global war on terror. But many experts tell us that the war is increasing the likelihood that the United States will be attacked by terrorists rather than lessening it.

Maybe John McCain finds sacrifice itself inspiring even if the sacrifice accomplishes nothing. I guess everyone is entitled to find inspiration and meaning where ever they can, but if he feels that way why is he not campaigning for Tammy Duckworth rather than for her opponent?


markg8 said...

I'm a volunteer for Duckworth. I saw both long and short verison of the McCain endorsement video. Roskam looked like he was going to throw up when McCain was talking about limbless vets at Walter Reed where he indeed did meet Tammy Duckworth over a year ago.

When McCain paused for applause Roskam scanned the room for his aides with a look on his face like "clap dammit!" hammering his hands together to get them going.

When St. Johnie got around to praising Roskam he really stuck his foot in it. Apparently he knows nothing about what's been going on in this race or was being sarcastic because he ticked off qualities that are the antithesis of Peter Roskam. I don't think even people who are voting for him believe that tripe. Neither one took questions afterward and after the obligatory embrace for the cmaeras both looked like they couldn't wait to get out the room.

All in all while the appearance was a good idea in theory it but imo only served to make the both of them look like hypocrits.

Duckworth has a new killer commercial on Iraq out:

She needs to raise $100,000 to get and keep it on the air thru Tuesday.

I know most people are tapped out but but anything you can give, even $5 would help. This will benefit all Dem candidates in the Chicago TV market as it reminds voters of the single biggest reason they hate rubber stamp Republicans.

Dave Barrett said...

Thanks for that informative comment markg8.

How can the press still portray McCain as a stright-shooter when he continually embraces politicians he obviously does not and could not agree with? I would think the press traveling with McCain would refer to his bus as the "Hypocrite Express."

Another just another opportunistic politician moment for McCain yesterday was when he jumped in on the White criticism of John Kerry for misspeaking and sounding like he said that Iraq was where you ended up stuck if you did not do well in school. As though John Kerry had not entered the military as a Yale graduate.
The Republicans are right. The less bright people don't end up stuck in Iraq. They end up supporting the Republican hypocrites.

Tacky said...

McCain never ceases to surprise me. I think he has flashbacks. He would be a dangerous President. I do hope the people who voted for change in this election will not be taken in by McCain's rhetoric and his "swift boat" ads that will be produced.