Hey, kids! Have you seen the new Captain Underpants campaign poster? Go on over to Democratic Underground and take a look. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Didja see it? Captain Underpants all ethereal and majestic looking (not to mention about 30 years younger! ). Well, I unearthed the poster before it was totally airbrushed…
From the Philadelphia Daily News:
EVERY MORNING now, John McCain gets out of bed on the wrong side of history. No wonder he’s in a foul mood.
It’s not only his frequent references to Czechoslovakia that suggest he’s living in a time warp. (The Czech Republic split from Slovakia in 1993.) It’s also his Vietnam-era insistence that there’s a peace-with-honor ending to be found in the criminally tragic blunder that is the war in Iraq.
Recent events have confirmed that there will be no “victory” in Iraq, not in any reality-based definition of the term. Words like “success” and “winning” have no meaning there. They never did.
Everyone – except John McCain, apparently – now knows this. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki surely does. After hesitating, Maliki stood by his statements agreeing with Barack Obama that the United States should start packing up to leave. Even the Bush administration started calling “timetables” by another name (“general time horizons”), suggesting the eventual withdrawal of combat troops. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday said 60 percent of Americans want a timetable to get out of Iraq, compared with 30 percent who don’t.
So, the line goes, President Bush was right to order the surge, McCain was right to support it – and Obama is being churlish for not admitting it.
This analysis is factually incorrect, and it threatens to lead to more Iraqs.
In an interview with CBS this week, McCain had yet another “senior moment,” crediting the military surge with the decision of Sunni tribes to turn against al Qaeda, developments that took place several months before the surge started. But McCain’s trouble with the facts, while distressing, isn’t the most important issue here.
Focusing only on the last 18 months in Iraq seeks to airbrush out the first four bloody years of a war that did not have to be fought, $3 trillion that would not have been spent, hundreds of thousands of lives that would not have been lost, two million or more refugees who would not have been exiled – and a U.S. Constitution that did not have to be undermined.
Go read the whole thing, kids. It’s very good, and the title rocks–
MCCAIN: THE ULTIMATE SURGE PROTECTOR