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Posted on Apr 19, 2007
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Doing both the Iranian people and the Beach Boys a grave dishonor in one extraordinary gaffe, John McCain made the ill-conceived move of covering that classic good-time hit “Barbara Ann,” with a slight, hawkish adaptation:  he changed the lyrics to “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.”

McCain performed this latest act of creative campaigning at a VFW gathering in South Carolina on Wednesday, after an audience member asked him, “When can we send an air mail message to Tehran?”

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By Marc Schlee, June 7, 2008 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment
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Why crawl when we can fly?


DIRECT DEMOCRACY

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By xyzaffair, June 6, 2008 at 10:47 pm Link to this comment
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It just goes to show John McCain is not qualified to be president because he sees a military solution to every world problem.  By the way, John, the song “Barbara Ann” was originally performed by the Regents in 1961, not the Beach Boys.

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By yemeni, April 26, 2007 at 10:16 pm Link to this comment
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americans: stop bombing 3rd world countries, your end is coming soon…it’s the rich against the poor and the poor will strangle the fat rich yanks.

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By Stephen Smoliar, April 23, 2007 at 5:54 pm Link to this comment

TM (#65794):  “This guy is living in another reality…he’ll never be elected or taken seriously.”

Those of us who read history may recall similar remarks being made about Hitler!

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By TM, April 23, 2007 at 12:50 am Link to this comment
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This guy is living in another reality…he’ll never be elected or taken seriously.

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By Gabir, April 22, 2007 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

Has anyone ever considered what John McCain’s military service was really all about? During the time that he was flying bombing missions against North Vietnam , President Johnson personally chose many of the targets to be bombed - Bombed with CBUs - Cluster Bomb Units - bombs which exploded upon contact with their intended targets and sprayed napalm or phosphorus covered pellets over a thousand yard radius from point of explosion . These bombs were virtually useless in the demolition of military or factory installations , which leads one to question what role they could play if they did only minor damage to buildings .
The truth is that President Johnson was not picking military or factory targets for strikes with CBUs , but instead mainly civilian targets - cities , villages , schools , etc. . Pilots flying these missions were aware of what they were dropping and the targets these bombs were intended for and yet the reverse impact of these missions on the pilots was obviously minimal , as they continued to fly and bomb .
That’s my idea of a hero - a person who drops bombs designed for maximum civilian casualties . Why would John McCain view the Baghdad situation any differently . What he said was true , that he could walk safely in the market* (*surrounded by 100 soldiers and choppers flying overhead ) . What does he care about the dire situation in Iraq . This one day of photo-ops for him and then he is safely back aboard his plane and headed home .
Human need and suffering do not touch this poor excuse for a man , except for the period when he was paid to inflict needless casualties among innocents . Yes , let’s elect another mass murderer as Commander Of Thieves .

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 21, 2007 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment

“When do we send an airmail message to Teheran…?”

Oh, really - they’ve just learnt to pronounce the name but they still couldn’t find it on a map!

Reagan once came up with “We’re going to start bombing Russia in the next five minutes”. So chilling but he thought it was a joke!

Since Clinton(Bill), the USA has been bombing everywhere beginning with “B” from Belgrade to Baghdad. Now, they want to move on to the letter “T”?

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By M Currey, April 21, 2007 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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Just recently Hiliary gave a talk at the college called Reutgers, and when people say she cannot talk she did a fine job, the lady is smart, she will become our next president, of course the Republicians will harp on Bill over and over, but Bill is not going to be president Hiliary will, this lady can think, the people who think she is gung ho on the war better think again, wars can be won if the people at the top think through the thing before starting the war, this disaster can be attributed to the stupidity of Rumsfeld, he is just so like an Ugly American, I mean these people did not do much about studying history, this country has only been around a little over 200 years.

The democracy started in the late 17th century was about a small country, now this country has grown, and the voting system has got to change, what I am leading to is Hiliary will definately get the popular vote unlike GWB, but you know the Republicians will make McCain into a hero even with his lack of tact, but once again I do not think that he is presidential material.

Madder than a wet hen

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By Ken Mitchell, April 21, 2007 at 4:07 am Link to this comment
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McCain didn’t know that it was the Regents, not the Beach Boys that had the hit. Lately he follows Bush’s example by taking old speeches and replacing the “Q” with “N”.

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By PatrickHenry, April 20, 2007 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

How Imus-esque.

It’s amazing how the good lord reveals to others the leadership qualities of those who would be king.

Shame on those voters, fellow Americans, who keep sending him back into office.

Term limits, Term limits, Term limits.

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By QuyTran, April 20, 2007 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment

“....bomb, bomb, bomb…Iran…” will become ..“bomb Hanoi Hilton!”

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By QuyTran, April 20, 2007 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment

Very stupid, indead !

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By David, April 20, 2007 at 11:10 am Link to this comment
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Come on…that wasn’t that bad.  That’s been out there for a long time.  I was more appalled by him picking and blowing his nose for 10 seconds then wiping it that guy’s sholder.

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By sharon ash, April 20, 2007 at 10:45 am Link to this comment
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Perhaps the more appropriate song for Mr. McCain to be singing is Johnny Cash’s “I Hurt Myself”.  Certainly, better for all of us that he hurt himself by revealing himself, rather than the horrors of him becoming president.  Just another politician who has been in our government far too long.  Please retire Mr. McCain!  Please, please, please.  If you are not going to be a part of the solution of helping get our country back on its feet, and it is most obvious you are not, then please just go do something else with your life.  Thank you!

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By dick, April 20, 2007 at 10:08 am Link to this comment
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Fortunately, McCain’s stupidity and ignorance is becoming clear to all. His hypocrisy is already well known.

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By jatihoon, April 20, 2007 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

You cannot blame him for remembering his past navy pilot post…......bomb….bomb….bomb…and bomb till you ran short of what else but “BOMBS”

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By Alejandro, April 20, 2007 at 5:24 am Link to this comment
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Well, his goose is cooked isn’t it. Hehehehehe…. What a dope!!!

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By Michael Spencer, April 20, 2007 at 5:14 am Link to this comment
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Remember many years ago when Rush was actually funny? [yes, little Johnny, it’s true! Rush was actually understood to be an entertainer!].

One of the things he did during the first war was a similar parody, but the line was ‘Bomb Iraq, take Kuwait back, bomb Iraq’. It was funny as hell in a creepy way, even then, and I bet McCain was time-shifted. And now we know his favorite pontificator as well!

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By Al, April 20, 2007 at 4:45 am Link to this comment
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Real leadership material. Woe is us.

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By Eric Keeton, April 20, 2007 at 2:56 am Link to this comment
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The song was more amusing in 1979 when the original parody was released by Vince Vance & The Valiants.

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By jeremy, April 19, 2007 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment
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perhaps this will be McCain’s version of Howard Dean’s “howl.”

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By James Yell, April 19, 2007 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment
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These hawkish “prat falls” can be self-fulfilling. He is validating the radicals in Iran, by making light of a very serious issue. After George and Cheney invaded a prostrate Iraq, even though the experts who had done the actual intellegence on Iraq told them Iraq had no WMD and had not been working with the 9/11 terrorists, they ignored the truth and probably knew they were ignoring the truth—thousands dead, our future morgaged to the Chinese and separation of church and state badly damaged, now why would anyone trust this countries good will or word ever again? The longer Bush/Cheney and his supporters stay in office the longer it becomes the nations crime.

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By jeffrey, April 19, 2007 at 7:42 pm Link to this comment
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why oh why are we (as a nation) so violent? we need non violence ,not this nonsense,,, this guy likes to joke .He is not funny.  war,, is not a joke. these type of people really suck. They are hate mongers,,the rest of the world looks at us as a violent sort of people. I am ashamed,,,,,Can’t we stop these people, stop electing this trash

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By CoLab, April 19, 2007 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment
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I’m painfully aware of the numerous occasions on which McCain has demonstrated his lack of credibility, and seeming disdain for reality.  Having qualified myself as left-of-center, I don’t feel this video adds anything substantial to his reel.  This version (which is the only one I’ve seen) doesn’t provide anything beyond the opening of his cover single, and could easily be construed as an attempt to bring levity to a room in which some guy just received a round of whoops and applause for asking when we get to send some ‘air mail’ to Tehran.  It’s possible McCain was drawing a parallel between the audience’s attitude about acts of war and throw-away pop.

It might be a stretch, but I don’t know that you can hang him on this snippet of video.  I’d like to see where his response ended up, not just where it started.

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By enemy of the people, April 19, 2007 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

This whole thing is just what happens when the boys get together and try to see who’s cock is the biggest.

The problem here is none of them expected that someone would have a video phone to record the event. Now that it is in the public domain, it will definitely haunt this slimy bit of human flotsam.

This is exactly why I joined VVAW and not the VFW back in 1970 when my 2-1/2 year tour in Viet Nam, Republic of, ended.

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By bobnkije, April 19, 2007 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

This morning I watched the video clip of John McCain singing (badly) about bombing Iran.  To the tune of the Beachboys old classic Barbara Ann he sang, “bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran”.  He sang in response to a question from his very approving audience asking when we were going to send some “air mail” to the real threat to our troops in the Middle East. In fairness, the questioner never mentioned Iran by name.  Leaving aside the obvious idiocy of going to pre-emptory war with yet another country, I have to express my outrage at this comment.  His callous, frivolous attitude towards the dropping of weapons of destruction on a land and its people is “over the top.”  It does seem of late that the United States is being run by a group of college frat thugs at an out of control kegger, but to joke about the possibility of sending people to their death is crass at any time.  He is running for the office of President of the United States.  Does he not see that his little joke will only fuel the fires already set burning by the current occupant of the Whitehouse?  Has he no compassion for those (both American and Iraqi) already dying, being tortured, and living in real fear of imminent harm.  He waves the flag of an ex-campaigner but his talk is that of the chicken hawk circle of politicians that drove us into the existing, stupid, useless wars.  He has proven his unfitness for the job of our statesmen more surely than any of his opponents could have hoped to.
  John McCain is willing to flippantly condemned every Iranian for the alleged (and given the history of the intelligence from this region, I stress alledged) actions of some sector of that country’s populace.  Frankly given our current President’s arrogant, belligerent refusal to consider any thoughts other than his own, and Mr. McCain’s inflammatory rhetoric, Iran looks like it’s wearing the white hat here.  After all, as he’s said, he’s all about having fun.

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By Paul Allin, April 19, 2007 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment
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McCain has lost it. At least we know he won’t be president.

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By vet240, April 19, 2007 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment
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I just can’t get over this arrogant fools attitude!

McCain and his followers for years, have portrayed him as a hero. He was not a hero, he was merely a prisoner of war. He wasn’t even the POW with the most time in captivity!

If the leaders and the American people had done then what he says must be done now, he would still be a POW!

He has said the only thing worse than a over-stressed Army is a defeated Army. The reason he says this is obvious. A defeated Army is proof of a failed leadership. He and those in the administration don’t give a damn about those in uniform. If they did they wouldn’t throw them away so easily on a stupid was like this.

Please McCain step out of my view. I think I’m going to be sick!

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By enemy of the people, April 19, 2007 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment
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This kind of stuff happens when these good old boys get together. The problem is they don’t think about the guy in the back with the video phone. Or maybe it is because they just plain don’t think.

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By Tom Doff, April 19, 2007 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment
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Old Goat McCain has become about as sure-footed politically as G.W.

Maybe we can convince them to go mountain climbing together, old buddies that they are, and deflate all the airbags the SS strews around.

That would solve some problems.

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By Stephen Smoliar, April 19, 2007 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

At the risk of raking up coals better left cold, it would appear that Imus is not the only one for whom consequences take a back seat to satisfying the expectations of your audiences (and sponsors)!

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By Lee, April 19, 2007 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment
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Airmail message? Oh I get it… Nuke um. Nuke um all. Turn the place into glass.

That’s the spirit. That’s the kind of lingo we like to hear.

A big round of applause for the questioner who summed up the last hundred years of Middle East turmoil and then proposed such a clever remedy.

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By Hammo, April 19, 2007 at 2:42 pm Link to this comment

McCain seems to be in melt down. People no longer like him. They have questions about his mental health. Things just don’t feel right about him.

Sadly, he seems to have lost his honor ... the one thing he had going for him.

Take a look at:

“Victory of Courage, Fellowship and Honor”

PopulistAmerica.com
December 17, 2006

http://www.populistamerica.com/victory_of_courage_fellowship_and_honor

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By Maui Democratic Blog, April 19, 2007 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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It is sad to see someone who used to be a respected statesman lose his mind so publicly.  First he tells us Bagdahd is as safe as Indiana, then this.

I blame Karl Rove.  Rove somehow got hold of McCain and implanted neocon ideas into his brain (possibly in one of those secret prisons, using torture).  These neocon ideas then warred with McCain’s previously normal intellect (as they would with any normal brain) and the result has driven McCain insane.

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By vet240, April 19, 2007 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment
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Watch this guy clean his nose and his eye buggers while some fanatic groupie asks a question.
Then MadCain goes into a juvenile stupid jingle.

Is there something in the water in Washington that is causing mass dementia in our leaders?

This guy is totally nuts!

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By aafshar, April 19, 2007 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment
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it seems, since Sanjaya has been outed, the senator is auditioning for next season of American Idol.  Hey if Sanjaya could have gotten so many votes from the American voters, who says the senator can’t.  The strategy of being ridiculous worked for Sanjaya

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