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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:25 PM

I somehow managed to forget this '08 John McCain incident that explains everything about him

What I wrote then.

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The American Tragedy of John McCain
William Rivers Pitt - t r u t h o u t

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow

- T. S. Eliot


Arizona Sen. John McCain took a walk through a Baghdad market on April Fool's Day, and may well have burned his presidential campaign down to the ground in the process. That little stroll has visited upon his head a deluge of humiliation and shame vast and astonishing enough to beggar imagination, and that was before the bodies started hitting the ground.

Translated into mathematical terms, McCain's walk was Pythagorean in scope, squared hypocrisy added to squared idiocy equaling squared disgrace. In political terms, McCain's Baghdad walk was a full-blown, bull-moose, train-wreck disaster of truly galactic proportions: a veritable Hindenberg of campaign photo-op debacles. It was so mind-bendingly ugly and deranged and disgusting that the once-iconic "Dukakis in the Tank" blunder now seems quaint by comparison.

The genesis of this catastrophe, in case you missed it, was a verbal gaffe by McCain during a widely broadcast interview last week. After enduring several minutes of sharp interrogation regarding his staunch support of Bush, the war and the "surge," a neuron within his logic circuits apparently misfired. He claimed, with an entirely straight face, that the streets of Baghdad are today entirely safe for an American to walk down. This whopper made even the most shamelessly craven war apologists shake their heads in public, and forced McCain to undertake a desperate face-saving lunge to recover some shred of credibility.

McCain traveled to Baghdad to prove his claim correct, and the pictures appeared shortly thereafter. In the first available frames, the senator was shown walking through a Baghdad marketplace wearing a Kevlar vest, a general on his right and a troop on his left, and a second troop three steps ahead brandishing his rifle. While this kind of protection detail seemed to undermine his claims of safety, the escort and the vest could easily be understood as normal and necessary precautions taken to protect a visiting dignitary. For a time, McCain appeared to have made his point.

It didn't last. On the heels of those narrow-scope photos came reports of what McCain's entourage was actually comprised of. That "safe" Baghdad market had been flooded with more than one hundred battle-ready troops and armored Humvees. Three Blackhawk helicopters and two Apache attack helicopters roared overhead, and sharpshooters were posted on the surrounding rooftops. Simply put, McCain's "safe" street was one overly loud mouse-fart away from being paved with flaming lead during every step of that little walk.

To compound the calamity, a report emerged two days later describing the abduction and slaughter of 21 Iraqis who worked in the marketplace McCain's mini-Normandy force had stormed the previous Sunday, an obvious act of retribution for his visit by a violent Baghdad militia. Already belied by the revealed firepower he brought along, McCain's "safe" walk in Iraq led directly to yet another horrific Baghdad bloodbath. There is bad, there is awful, and then there is this thing, this quantum singularity of ignominy that bends the very light now shining upon it.

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WilliamPitt Nov 2012 OP
Journeyman Nov 2012 #1
panAmerican Nov 2012 #2
elleng Nov 2012 #3
noiretextatique Nov 2012 #5
elleng Nov 2012 #6
noiretextatique Nov 2012 #8
pangaia Nov 2012 #16
SunSeeker Nov 2012 #17
trof Nov 2012 #10
riderinthestorm Nov 2012 #7
elleng Nov 2012 #9
DreamGypsy Nov 2012 #4
rhett o rick Nov 2012 #11
Chipper Chat Nov 2012 #12
Submariner Nov 2012 #13
Iwillnevergiveup Nov 2012 #15
Nika Nov 2012 #14
mountain grammy Nov 2012 #18
Godot51 Nov 2012 #19
ck4829 Nov 2012 #20
DanM Nov 2013 #21

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:29 PM

1. Yes. But was he safe?. . .

I'm certain -- in his mind -- this well-armored stroll proved his point.

More's the pity.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:36 PM

2. I hope some TV anchor remembers and reports on this again

His judgement has only gotten worse with age.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:40 PM

3. Didn't Susan Rice say something about this at the time?

Read it today, a DUer recalls that she suggested this reflected poorly on mccain's judgment.

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Response to noiretextatique (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:02 PM

6. Thanks. so there's some history:

Rice went on leave from the Brookings Institution to serve as a senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign. Rice took a disparaging view of Obama's Republican opponent in the campaign, John McCain, calling his policies "reckless" and dismissing the Arizona Senator's trip to Iraq as "strolling around the market in a flak jacket


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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:10 PM

8. that weasel probably still has it in for her

for telling the truth about his trip to Iraq.

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Response to noiretextatique (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:00 PM

16. Oh he absolutely does.

This guy never forgets a slight. He is a revenge driven lunatic.

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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:08 PM

17. Yes, I remember that. What I didn't know was his campaign event subsequently cost 21 Iraqi lives.

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Response to noiretextatique (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:25 PM

10. BA-BAM! That's IT!

Now I understand why he's so pissed.

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:03 PM

7. Ohmygawd, so McCain is harboring a grudge and is going after Rice as payback for humiliating him?

Exposing him as an idiot??

That makes a LOT of sense

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:12 PM

9. Seems that way to me, plus

if she's NOT the nominee, Kerry would/might be, and repugs would get a chance for the Mass senate seat.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:50 PM

4. NB. The truthout.org link in the earlier post gets 404.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:41 PM

11. McCain tried to jump the shark, but failed at that also. nm

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:44 PM

12. And his "pal" Gov-elect Mike Pence of Indiana

backed him up by saying this market was "as safe as a county fair in Indiana on a summer afternoon." I live in Indiana and was shocked to hear these statements. Pence lost all credibility with me.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:04 PM

13. We may get 20 more years of this guy

His mother is in her 90s and if McCain is as long lived I bet he will try to hang in there like Strom Thurmond. Being an obnoxious bad-ass in politics is his life.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:28 PM

15. Right now he's 76

That's getting up there.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:25 PM

14. I remember that photo oppertunity showing him in a chicken jacket. :)

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Response to Nika (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:10 PM

18. And then you gotta wonder what McCain's little stroll cost us

several thousand people being kicked off medicaid maybe? We know what it cost the Iraqi.. we just pile it on!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:15 PM

19. Never trust

Never trust a man who refers to himself as a "Maverick" or, for that matter, a woman who refers to herself as "Rogue" (unless she means that she is a dishonest person).

Time was in the Navy that a man would be called a "Maverick" if he enlisted, rose up in the enlisted ranks and then attended Annapolis and became an officer but that wasn't what the average sailor called them. That's what they called themselves and so again was an unearned appellation.

Of course, McCain was an Admiral's son and a shoe-in for the academy.

It's time to decommission The USS McCain and put it in mothballs.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:39 PM

20. This was a disaster that McCain provoked.

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #20)

Fri Nov 15, 2013, 06:44 PM

21. +1

Agreed.

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