Posted by: jt | August 11, 2008

hypocrisy, thy name is mccain

John McCain issued a statement today with surprising political acumen:

“The implications of American actions go beyond their threat to the territorial integrity and independence of a democratic Iraq. The U.S. is using violence against Iraq, in part, to intimidate other neighbors – such as Iran – for choosing to associate with Muslim leaders and adhering to Muslim political and economic values. As such, the fate of Iraqis should be of grave concern to Arabs and all people who welcomed the end of a divided Middle East, and the independence of sovereign states. The international response to this crisis will determine how the U.S. manages its relationships with other neighbors. The world has other important strategic interests at stake in Iraq, especially the continued flow of oil…”

I’m sorry. I seem to have misplaced a few nouns. Here is the statement issued by the McCain campaign:

“The implications of Russian actions go beyond their threat to the territorial integrity and independence of a democratic Georgia. Russia is using violence against Georgia, in part, to intimidate other neighbors – such as Ukraine – for choosing to associate with the West and adhering to Western political and economic values. As such, the fate of Georgia should be of grave concern to Americans and all people who welcomed the end of a divided of Europe, and the independence of former Soviet republics. The international response to this crisis will determine how Russia manages its relationships with other neighbors. We have other important strategic interests at stake in Georgia, especially the continued flow of oil…”

Hypocrisy, thy name is McCain.

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Responses

  1. Brilliant!
    That’s the case I’ve been trying to make since Putin’s tanks started rolling across the border.
    Pot, meet kettle…

  2. :-) Thanks.

    I actually agree with the portion of McCain’s statement I quoted, which only exacerbates my frustration.

    Because of our own bumbling, illegal foreign policy, we have absolutely no credibility or authority to claim that, um, it’s not okay to arbitrarily invade another country.

    Hooray for Sarkozy for brokering the ceasefire.

    I just have to point out, in the last week and a half, I’ve now lavished praise on both The Times and Nicolas Sarkozy.

    Try to paint me into some sort of partisan/ideologue corner. Just try.


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