Don’t call it the War in Iraq. Call it what it is . . . an invasion. When you call it a war, you give George Bush and John McCain credit they don’t deserve. When you call it a war, you lose because like it or not, a war has two sides, and Americans don’t want to be losing. But we aren’t fighting a war. The United States, under false pretenses, invaded Iraq, and is currently occupying it. Adam Kokesh, Iraq veteran and anti-invasion activist, asked the question best at the Republican National Convention: How do you win an occupation?
Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The invasion of Iraq, because they violated a United Nations resolution, was wrong. And as Senator McCain says, in the “twenty-first century, nations don’t invade other nations.”
John McCain’s thought process (I’m being generous by calling it that), is a knee-jerk, pick up your guns and go shoot someone reaction, which incidentally also explains his choice of Sarah Palin. But both decisions leave not only his detractors, but his supporters wondering: what is he thinking? He’s not. And that’s not the person that I want running the country. As early as September 12th, 2001, John McCain was on record for invading Iraq in retaliation for the terrorist attacks. September 12th. 24 hours after the planes crashed into the building, John McCain was already pointing his guns at people without any evidence to support it.
We’re not winning a war in Iraq. Osama Bin Laden, the actual architect of the attack, is still at large; Al Qaeda, his terrorist organization, is stronger than it was when they attacked us; Afghanistan, where they were training and the first country invaded by the United States, has fallen back into lawlessness; Saudi Arabia, where 15 of the 19 hijackers originated, is still a leading US ally thanks to President Bush; the United States military, the strongest in the world, is spread thin and staggering (not to mention ill-equipped, but I digress).
John McCain deserves credit for what he has done: voted to authorize military force in Iraq; vocally supported a surge in troops, putting more American service-people in danger; failing to realize the importance of the war against terrorists in Afghanistan; understanding the difference between Sunni and Shia and their allies, since those are the people we’re working with and fighting against in the region; supported deregulation for twenty-six years in Congress and then changed his mind when the banks crashed; toured with cameras for Hurricane Gustav and ignored Hurricane Ike; let his friends, surrogates, & campaign workers lie about Barack Obama while saying, “I’m John McCain, and I approve this message.”
You can call him an honorable man, who is qualified to be president. You can call his ideas “change,” and his running mate a “crack in the glass ceiling.” You can call him a maverick, who’s “even bucked his own party to do what is right.” You can call him knowledgeable about the economy, and in touch with average Americans.
You can call shit Shinola. But you can’t use it to shine your shoes.
Crossposted at Spreading the Word on September 19, 2008.