In response to The Number One Reason John McCain Should Be President, by gilrodriguez on Friday, May 16 By Lorie Byrd Published: 05-16-08
How absurd! More political game-playing and feather-rustling.
There is a big jump from presidential candidates viewing and discussing the irresponsibilities and poor management of the Iraq War, a.k.a., invasion / power surge / reconstruction, and stating that: "...McCain has demonstrated that he is the only candidate of the three we can afford to have as President at this time."
For one thing, neither Obama or Clinton have stated that they are weak on the issue of defense. In fact, both recognize the real threats to the U.S., which also includes terrorism. However, what each does stress is that the U.S. journey into the Iraq War, lack of a game-plan or REAL direction, underscores the last 5 years of the Bush administration's poor management style --- and they are correct.
While we recognize the ongoing threat of global terrorism, we are not protecting ourselves or the rest of the world by remaining in Iraq and continuing to determine Mid-East policy in a detrimental way.
Saddam Hussein and his power mongers did NOT instigate or orchestrate the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He may have applauded them as did some other Arab nations, but he was NOT responsible for them.
The real terrorists of that travesty had ties to Saudi Arabia, yet Bush and his administration protected that nation and government from any investigation or action.
In addition, to say that anyone who has not had military experience is weak in that area and could not make the hard decisions is absurd and incorrect. Any president has military advisors to consider, strategize, inform and recommend actions.
George Walker Bush does NOT have REAL military, or actual war-time experience. He was inactive in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War and in fact was released from service to attend Harvard Business School.
Furthermore, just because John McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam does NOT make him wiser in the knowledge of military strategy. In fact, one may argue that his own experiences as a POW may have clouded his perspective regarding those issues and may even question his capability of making the right military choices of action.
In any case, voters should more sophisticated in their approach to consider candidates on more reality-based reasons rather than these ongoing political power-plays and diversionary tactics. This is one of the very reasons George Walker Bush has become one of our history's most unpopular presidents.