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Posted on Mar 29, 2007
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CNN’s John Roberts refutes John McCain’s idealized presentation of Iraq a day after the senator said the U.S. troop surge was working. McCain tried to claim that the media are stuck in a time warp of three-month-old bad news, but it turns out he was either misinformed, mistaken or lying about the results of the surge in Baghdad.

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By Herman Schmidt, April 4, 2007 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment
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Has anyone else noticed that two of the biggest supporters of the surge in Iraq among Vietnam vets in Congress are pilots who were shot down and spent a great deal of time in captivity? I am talking about Senator McCain and Representative Johnson from Texas. Could it be their view from the sky which is pretty antiseptic, or their views behind bars, bound to create a lot of anger for the enemy? Other foot soldiers like Hagel,Gilchrest and Murtha are less bellicose, more wary and subdued about war. Maybe its the worms eye few and the smouldering bodies that makes them that way.

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By Herman Schmidt, April 4, 2007 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment
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Has anyone else noticed that two of the biggest supporters of the surge in Iraq among Vietnam vets in Congress were pilots who were shot down and spent a great deal of time in captivity? I am talking about Senator McCain and Representative Johnson from Texas. Could it be their view from the sky which is pretty antiseptic, or their views behind bars, bound to create a lot of anger for the enemy? Others like foot soldiers Hagel,Gilchrest and Murtha are less bellicose, more wary and subdued about war. Maybe its the worms eye few and the smouldering bodies that makes them that way.

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By B C White, April 2, 2007 at 8:19 am Link to this comment
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I miss Bill, blow job, Whitewater, Peace, prosperity, and standing ovation from the UN et al.

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By Bob Zimmerman, April 1, 2007 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment
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The Republican’s weren’t blaming the media when they were going along with Bush’s lies leading up to the war in Iraq. Now that the media is less susceptble to Republican talking points, Republicans resort to their time worn strategy of bashing the media. Next up will be the Hollywood bashing. John McCain is in a race to see who has less credibility, him or Bush. The “Straight Talk Express” has become the “BS express”.  Barry Goldwater would be embarrassed by McCain’s comments.

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By GW=MCHammered, April 1, 2007 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment
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THE MCCAIN DREAM - WARE CREAMED
By Indigent Riter
(satire… ‘cause these days, it’s so hard to tell)

In what only can be described as the most remarkable show of shock-n-awe since the Y2K presidential election, this weekend Senator John McCain took on the Aussie CNN reporter, Michael Ware’s challenge and toured wartorn Baghdad alone.

MCCAIN: “It was a beautiful day. Sun. 90 degrees. I rubbed on some lotion, cranked up the tunes, popped the top down and just rolled.”

From the bustling Baghdad airport, to Saddam’s fallen statue square, to the lush Green Zone, the 2008 presidential hopeful toured all the most popular sites.

WARE: “Yes, I saw Mister McCain cruising around in his bright cherry red convertible Humvie. Yes, he donned sunglasses, a brilliant white Hawaiian shirt and sequined blue cowboy hat. Yes, he blew the horn and shined his snowy pearlies at everyone.”

Ware’s arms flail dramatically.

WARE: “But there were IEDs going off all around him. Peril everywhere! Rows of Humvies. Destroyed! Dozens of civilians. Killed! RPGs! Mortar fire! Even meteors dropped in around McCain’s motorcar!

MCCAIN: “It was enjoyable. Wish I’d brought the family because I bought this little retirement palace right on the Tigris.”

McCain flashes photos of his tour:

$) McCain grins in front of a Mosque converted into a McDonalds®, his arms slung over the shoulders of two toothless, weaponed militia radicals. Ware ganders sullen from behind a golden arch.

$$) Wide-toothed McCain receives kisses from hooded Iraqi women. Ware in the background holds up a sign that reads “Danger!”

$$$) McCain in swimming trunks splashes within a palace pool filled with US dollars. A banner overhead reads “Future Home of BlackWater DisneyRaq.” Ware winces as he hammers his own head with a mallet.

MCCAIN: “Like I said… enjoyable.”

CNN fired Michael Ware. He now sells cotton candy from one of McCain’s sure-fire franchise stands along the Baghdad airport highway … the busiest American vacation destination in the world.

☻ ♫ Ψ ☼ $ ♪ !

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By Bukko in Australia, March 31, 2007 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment
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Fran: right you are. I typed in haste before listening to the video clip included here. The Aussie audio smack-down on McCain that I was thinking of was done by Richard Ware, who reports for CNN from Baghdad. But as you note, American reporters are afraid to tell the truth when it means contradicting one of their pollies. How sad and Soviet that they lack the courage to call out a lie when they hear it.

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By fran, March 31, 2007 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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Roberts is in fact Canadian, not Australian.  This would explain why his reporting style is more critical and even-handed than the awe-struck, mind-numbing brand of journalism practiced south of the border.

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By arizona, March 31, 2007 at 7:57 am Link to this comment
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John McCain has lost his brain.

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By bob johnson, March 31, 2007 at 3:10 am Link to this comment
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mccains a dinosaur

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By Bukko in Australia, March 30, 2007 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment
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I was wrong with my original flippant remark about this clip. It wasn’t Roberts who delivered the smack-down to McCain in an Aussie accent. It was reporter Michael Ware, who’s done some great journalism from Iraq. It was an excellent bit of audio, and if you missed it on CNN or Air America, you missed one of the best “You, sir, are absolutely full of crap” moments I’ve ever heard.

To Blitzer’s credit (and Wolfie doesn’t deserve much) after McCain uttered these whopping lies, Blitzer cut to Ware in Baghdad and asked him whether it was true. Ware was incredulous. He said McCain was in fantasyland; that there were NO neighbourhoods where a Westerner could walk unprotected and live, described in great detail the massive protection that surrounds Petraeus when he emerges from the bunker, and said he had a hard time hearing Wolf because of the ferocious gunbattle with attack helicopters that was taking place several blocks away RIGHT THEN.

I don’t find much to compliment in the American media. But it’s great that Blitzer and Ware countered McCain’s lies with the TRUTH, and also great that Robers followed up to rub it in. The media should do its job by telling the truth, not just allowing politicians to speak any outrageous lie without challenge.

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By Sharon Ash, March 30, 2007 at 11:57 am Link to this comment
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Senator McCain is but one of several old, white, male, ineffective politicians, who need to get out of our government.  Surely there must be some other power trip for these politicians to take that Americans do not have to pay for while suffering the consequences of their ineptness.

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By BRR, March 30, 2007 at 8:38 am Link to this comment
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Upon hearing McCain’s hardline response to all things war and vengeful, I was stuck with the theory that McCain is motivated by a deep seated, unconcious, transfered need to punish his Vietnamese torturers.  Not my choice for President or now even Senator.

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By new_york_loner, March 30, 2007 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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Actually, Senator McCain is pitiable. He endured five years of torture and captitvity, yet he never learned the basic lessons of the Vietnam debacle. He is either an idiot or a victim of his own self-delusion.

Rather than realizing that there are limits to what military power can accomplish in any given situation, McCain is quick to choose the military option, while disdaining negotiation, dialogue and compromise. The arms profiteers love john McCain, for them, he represents job security.

As Junior Bush has so painfully revealed, tough talk, hubris and false bravado are no substitute for genuine statesmanship.

It’s almost as if McCain is saying that he personally suffered a great deal and that fact alone has imbued him with presidential wisdom and presidential vision. Sorry, after our experience with the Bush dynasty, America cannot afford to install another self-serving fool in the Commander-In-Chief position.

John McCain’s four-decade-long pity party has gone on long enough, it’s time for this professional whiner to ride off into the sunset.

Thanks, John, for your personal sacrifice, but you are a consummate loser.

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By Jim Goodson, March 30, 2007 at 6:26 am Link to this comment
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McCains involvement with the Keating Five. was white-washed by the Bushies,because they wanted to exploit his POW experience.It was to their advantage to use his heroism to expand their credibility. Thousands of POW,s have more integrity than Bush or McCain. Some politicians thrive on other peoples misery. JLG

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By August West, March 29, 2007 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment
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Why is it that Wolf Blitzer couldn’t ask these simple question of Sen. McCain right off the bat:

Senator, what evidence do you have to support your claims?  Who are your sources and if their knowledge comes second-hand, what is the source of their information?

TV journalism leaves much to be desired.

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By Seginho, March 29, 2007 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment
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I’m looking forward to seeing the good Senator take that stroll through the peceful, tranquil neighborhoods of Baghdad, unescorted.

Which will take longer—for McBrain to accept my invitation, or for him to be blown to bits as soon as he does?

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By Peter RV, March 29, 2007 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment
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McCain to me looks insane. There might be a justification for it ( prisoner of war, tortures) but, how on earth can we consider this man fit to be even a candidate for presidency?
  Perhaps, we are insane,too?

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By Quy Tran, March 29, 2007 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Roberts, you forget that this guy had left his brain in “Hanoi Hilton”. He’s “no brainy” right now as his master GWB who has to use Karl Rove brain for his life ! Sorry, Rove’s brain is that of prostitute who only uses dirtiest tricks to please his “clients” through “hands jobs” or “blow job”.

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By vet240, March 29, 2007 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment
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John Me-cain is an unmitigated liar.

John who likes to portray himself as a hero is no more of a hero than any other Prisoner of War. His time in Hanoi certainly doesn’t match the Bataan Death March of WWII.

McCain simply survived a Five year incarceration as a POW after being shot down over North Vietnam like many other pilots, some of whom were incarcerated much longer than he was.
There are innocent POW’s in Guantanamo who have done as much time after being picked up on the slimmest of evidence.

I used to think his reputation as an individualist was commendable. Now I think it was contrived.

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By Chris, March 29, 2007 at 11:22 am Link to this comment
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Could this just be this year’s version of Cheney’s earlier comments that “The insurgency in Iraq, is in, if you will, it’s last throes.”

For Cheney, sitting in his comfortable, well-sealed porch in the White House, such pronouncements felt good, so he made them. And he cherry-picked or totally ignored information to the contrary, which made him in the slightest uncomfortable. No one really believes Cheney anymore, no matter how self-assured he appears, or how intimidating he tries to come across: “We just have the information. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

It looks like McCain may be using that same tac, believing he won’t be critically questioned. Either that, or he simply didn’t have his information when he went on camera. Either way, I am having less and less faith in John McCain with every passing day…

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By LG, March 29, 2007 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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McCain and his family have given many years of hard work at the alter of their country.” McCain was a very brave Naval aviator. However, time and prior defeats, i.e. the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, have taken a toll. McCain now appears as a dottering old fool who is trying to cope with senile dementia.He fights a war to be right of the Bush Crime Family to win the long past 2000 race. Now it is a different time; only, he doesn’t realize it. The time for him is still 1999-2000. He vaguely feels that he has to be far right to win. But he is mearly trying to relive and win a lost campaign and lost time.

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By Steve Hammons, March 29, 2007 at 10:19 am Link to this comment
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McCain is a “complex” person, to put it nicely. He still feels we lost the Vietnam War by not staying longer, killing more Vietnamese and spending the lives and limbs of more US troops on the effort.

He never admitted the Vietnam War was a mistake in the first place. He is in the same mind-set regarding Iraq.

A particularly foul psychological twist he tries to put on ideas about a redeployment of US troops out of Iraq and about ideas that the invasion of Iraq was in error is that this will hurt our Army and Marine Corps.

Bush-Cheney, the neocons, chicken hawks and warmongers are destroying the Army, the National Guard and Reserve along with the fine men and women of those services as well as Marines.

The article below takes issue with McCain’s statements on this:

“Victory of Courage, Fellowship and Honor”

By Steve Hammons
Columnist, PopulistAmerica.com
Populist Party of America
December 17, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/victory_of_courage_fellowship_and_honor

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By TAO Walker, March 29, 2007 at 10:16 am Link to this comment
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Sen. McCain has ceratinly been “compromised” as he ties himself in rhetorical knots trying to appeal to “Bush’s base,” without alienating too many of the remaining 75%.  He appears to this Indian like a man who for whatever reasons has come to the conclusion the political game isn’t really worth the presidential candle, after all.  But he jumped into it with both feet, there’s probably no graceful way out until the primary season renders him an also-ran, and so he must soldier-on.

Like John Kerry in ‘04, the Arizonan will by-design or inadvertent ineptitude make himself increasingly unattractive over the next ten months or so.  It’s really some “system” that demands that its marquee players must sacrifice their human integrity whether they stay-in or get out of it….but that’s gangster rules for you.  It’s yet one more example of a sick society’s inherent inability to produce healthy members….or anything else.

Domestication is deadly for human beings and other living things.  When our civilized brothers and sisters have “....enjoyed as much of this as (they) can stand,” us free wild natural people will be here with some good medicine for as many of ‘em as are left alive.

Hoka Hey!

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By niggling_jerk, March 29, 2007 at 9:13 am Link to this comment
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There was a time when I respected McCain. It’s sad to see what the thirst for power does to a man.

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By FrostedFlakes, March 29, 2007 at 7:53 am Link to this comment
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Senator John McCain once seemed like a half sensible politician, but in his continued quest for the White house he has lost everything that made him viable to those who aren’t republicans. He has gone from a man who questioned and ridiculed the actions of an inept administration to one of it’s most ardent supporters. In his pursuit of power he has backed down from speaking out against the propagaters of hate and division in this country ( Falwell, Robertson ) to actually embracing them. He has become a “spinning top” which rotates in whatever direction the so-called neo-cons and religious right desire. Whatever happened to integrity?? Whatever happened to what’s best for ALL Americans?? I once respected John McCain, and actually considered him an option. But I was fooled!! And as old “King George” would say, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on ... aahh, I can’t be fooled again.”

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By Bukko in Australia, March 29, 2007 at 7:36 am Link to this comment
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I heard Roberts’ smack-down of McCain on Air America Radio. Good to know an Australian (that’s where Roberts’ accent is from) can tell the truth! McCain certainly can’t…

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