Not just McCain

Barack Obama’s military adviser said this about our presence in the Middle East:

We’ll be there a century, hopefully. If it works right.

A century. Hopefully. If it works.

Writes Captain Ed:

This should raise some eyebrows on the Obama campaign’s willful deception on this point.

But it won’t.


  1. This comment came from a guy who is on his staff and not Obama. Obama should be asked about this to get his comment before we can determine whether or not he is a hypocrite. It is not unheard of for a staff member to say something that contradicts the candidate. In McCain’s case he made the statement. McCain’s campaign is based upon Iraq and how he would be the better commander. However, it does not give me a warm fuzzy when McCain gets his sunnis and shiites confused as he did in Jordan on March 18. Had another candidate made this gaffe, I am sure McCain would have been all over them. From the WashPost: He said several times that Iran, a predominately Shiite country, was supplying the mostly Sunni militant group, al-Qaeda. In fact, officials have said they believe Iran is helping Shiite extremists in Iraq. Speaking to reporters in Amman, the Jordanian capital, McCain said he and two Senate colleagues traveling with him continue to be concerned about Iranian operatives ‘taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back.’ Pressed to elaborate, McCain said it was ‘common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran, that’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.’ A few moments later, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, standing just behind McCain, stepped forward and whispered in the presidential candidate’s ear. McCain then said: ‘I’m sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda.’

  2. You’re right, McCain misspoke, and named a specific group (incorrectly) when he meant to say ‘extremists’ more generally. Yep, I’d prefer that the president NEVER misspeak. However, I’d take that over a president that just plain has it all wrong in very serious and significant ways, with repercussions America would suffer for years into the future. My guess is that we’d differ on which candidate(s) that applies to, but I bet we can both agree which is more important. Wait, what was this post on again? From the previous comment, I assumed this was a post on McCain’s misstatement last week, no? Maybe I clicked the wrong link.

  3. I’m no Obama fan, but I don’t think it’s fair to attribute comments from some staffer as being the same as coming from the candidate themselves. I’m sure most candidates have suffered from staffers blah blahing in some fashion that was out of sync with either the candidate, the campaign, or both. 11 Bravo is right………..Obama should be asked about the comment/s and given a chance to explain, before we pounce on him. LOL! Yea……… boy McCain needs to scarf some energy drink or get some sleep, he wasn’t lookin’ to presidential with those very rudimentary foreign policy gaffes. Yea, we saw lots of kangaroos in Austria on our last vacation. LOL!

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