Monday, February 25, 2008

With Iraq as an anchor, can McCain pull away?

Thought this was interesting: John McCain said that he must convince a war-weary country that U.S. policy in Iraq is succeeding. If he can't, "then I lose. I lose," McCain said.

Of course, after his handlers had gotten to him, he toned down the rhetoric and defeatist attitude.

Liz Sidoti, writing from Rocky River, Ohio, notes once he was back on the bus, he softened his talk:
Let me not put it that stark. Let me just put it this way: Americans will judge my candidacy first and foremost on how they believe I can lead the county both from our economy and for national security. Obviously, Iraq will play a role in their judgment of my ability to handle national security.

If I may, I'd like to retract "I'll lose." But I don't think there's any doubt that how they judge Iraq will have a direct relation to their judgment of me, my support of the surge. Clearly, I am tied to it to a large degree.
No, I think the first one was closer to the truth: "If I can't convince the voters that our policy in Iraq is succeeding, I lose."

I, for one, believe his candidacy is eight years too late. Had he been the Republican nominee, perhaps history would be different...


  1. You are not attacking the service if you focus on Coast Guard senior management fraud, abuse, etc. In fact, you may be showing more concern for the service, then the senior managers are. In their case, their legacy, ego, and other selfish concerns are at their center stage. But I am not saying all senior managers are jaded and or unethical. But when does honor and integrity come into play, when engaging in "coverups" in order to protect the "needs of the service"?

  2. I'm a little slow, but I think this comment is off-topic... this post was about Senator McCain and his run for the presidency. I don't blog here about the Coast Guard; haven't for months... wrong blog, Anonymous...

    And I love the fact that you're posting anonymously... nothing like putting your name with your opinions.