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The 2008 Presidential Race Continues to Promote Faulty Judgment via More Political Power-Plays and Games

18 May 2008 at 12:36:32 PM

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.

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1 - salon   18 May 2008 @ 1:15:38 PM 

On McCain's experience as a POW. I've read that's the very reason a significant number of conservative groups are against him. One prominent conservative has even started a website to discuss McCain's foibles.

I also can't fathom why any female would vote for McCain unless he's going for the bimbo vote.

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2 - pstern   18 May 2008 @ 1:31:20 PM 

Look, as much as I don't agree, I can comprehend why some folks would want McCain.  A lot of it is a "strange" psychological perspective.

He's an older guy (looks older than he is) and while you kid about it, via calling him "Gramps" and stuff, that's the very fact that draws him to some.  He's "their grandpa" and that generates some good feelings, especially among women.

It's going to be an interesting race.

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3 - salon   18 May 2008 @ 2:32:57 PM 

I love (or should say, loved) my grandparents (deceased now) but if any of them were doddering fools that couldn't remember from one day to the next what they said, and continually got facts wrong (not to mention sucking up to Bush for some gawdawful reason), I'd be right there telling my Gramps not to run for office but do something useful that didn't involve possibly throwing us into yet another war.

I confess I don't get the women-grandpa thing. Really? Really you've read that some women (and they MUST be Republicans, right?) want McCain to be president because he reminds them of their grandpa?

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4 - pstern   18 May 2008 @ 6:37:59 PM 


And then there's the bunch of fools (mostly guys) who want to vote for him because "of his war record" and him having been a POW. 

I do respect the guy for being the POW.  That's a rough deal for anyone to be in, let alone to live through and then lead an active life afterward.

As you know, I'm a Disabled Vietnam War Veteran.  I have respect for anyone in military service, especially those who have paid their dues and become veterans.

Our government abuses Veterans and they can get lost easily into the "cracks" of the system that drastically needs an overall.

"But I ain't a'votin' for McCain!"

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