Damned if He Does. Damned if He Doesn’t

I don’t always agree with President Obama, but I pity the poor guy. Nothing he does escapes criticism. For years, he has been taking heat for keeping U.S. troops in Iraq, and what happens when he finally pulls them out? More heat, of course.

I watched in amazement last night as John McCain, Lindsey Graham and both Cheneys showed up on the TV screen to lambast the president.

And they were not alone. Every Republican presidential candidate except Ron Paul was snapping at Obama’s heels.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what they said… the usual trash talk about white flags and declining American influence, etc., etc., etc.

McCain was especially scathing. Here’s how he expressed his feelings:

It is clear that this decision of a complete pullout of United States troops from Iraq was dictated by politics, and not our national security interests. I believe history will judge this president’s leadership with the scorn and disdain it deserves.

I wonder what he would have said if President Obama had refused to leave Iraq despite the Iraqis’ demand to get the hell out?

Had the president broken the agreement that George W. Bush had signed, you can be sure the Iraqis would have gone on the warpath.

Would the Republican critics have cheered the loss of another 4,000-plus American lives? And the inevitable “collateral damage,” in which thousands – including children – are slaughtered or maimed?

I don’t have to ask how they would have felt about wasting another trillion dollars. That’s what they want. More money for the merchants of death who line their pockets.

How anyone can listen to Dick Cheney I cannot understand. If there were no Hell, God would have to create one just for him.

As for John McCain, I have to assume that he is crazy. He is obsessed with war. Remember how he tried to involve America in the blow-up between Russia and its former Soviet sibling, Georgia? And how he sang and danced at the thought of bombing Iran?

If you’ve been reading my blogs, you know that’s par for the course. For many years, McCain has been deeply involved in a clandestine global crusade to interfere in the internal affairs of foreign countries – without sanction by the American government. Here’s what writer Sarah Hamburger said about that back in 2008 when McCain was running for president:

Presidential hopeful John McCain is hiding a skeleton in his closet. Not your typical political scandal, Senator McCain’s dirty little secret is his longtime involvement with the International Republican Institute (IRI), an organization that operates in 60 countries and is budgeted by millions of US taxpayer dollars each year. The IRI is “officially” a politically independent entity, though in reality it is aligned in most respects with the Republican Party and its ideals. Senator McCain has been chairman of the IRI since 1993 and Lorne Craner, president of the organization, is one of the presumptive Republican candidate’s informal foreign policy advisors.

Click here to read the article.

So why do these dangerous loons get so much television exposure?

You tell me.