Sunday, July 27, 2008


Remember when McCain denied that he ever said he didn't know much about economics, even though he said exactly that during one of the GOP debates? Well, he's at it again, this time denying that he ever used the word "timetable." This latest bold-faced lie is another reason McCain is unfit to be President. From Matt at Think Progress:

During a January 30 Republican primary debate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) pilloried former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for having once used the word “timetable” while talking about Iraq. “Timetables was the buzzword for those that wanted to get out,” scoffed McCain.

But on the heels Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s embrace of a 16-month timetable for withdrawal, McCain has been forced to change his tune. “I think it’s a pretty good timetable,” McCain told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday.

Now, however, McCain is denying his own words. “I didn’t use the word timetable,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview airing today:

STEPHANOPOULOS: You shouldn’t have used the word timetable.

MCCAIN: I didn’t use the word timetable. That I did — if I did…

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, it’s a pretty good timetable.

MCCAIN: Oh, well, look. Anything is a good timetable that is dictated by conditions on the ground. Anything is good.

Thrown off by the converging political consensus around a timetable for withdrawal, McCain can’t seem to figure out what his position on Iraq is. First, he denied that the Iraqis wanted the U.S. to leave on a timetable, then he said that Maliki had floated “a pretty good timetable.” Defending his shifts today, he claimed, “Anything sounds good to me.”


dualdiagnosis said...

Good Lord, he is not endorsing or proposing timetables in any way. He, like most Americans, wants to the majority of the troops to come home when the conditions call for it.

You don't set a timetable first and then force men and women under fire and defeated to leave just to meet that deadline.

Tomorrow would be good, if the conditions supported it.

Anonymous said...

"Conditions" have supported getting out of Iraq since 2004.

Two stand out: 1.The overwhelming majority of Sunnis and Shias have wanted US troops out since then,regardless of what might follow, and have sided with insurgent attacks on the occupier.
2. Leaked CIA reports since then say US occupation fuels jihad recruitment worldwide and exit
would (have) diminished them.

Today is but one more example of failure with the significant attacks on the Shias and in Kirkuk.

Indeed, Dennis Kucinich (and Ron Paul) had the most appropriate
Congressional stances on this issue since early in the war.