On Monday, Memorial Day, he had yet another gaffe. I did not learn about it by the mainstream media. Here is his latest-non-critiqued-by-the-media gaffe.
"On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in...in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong."
It seems quite "ghostly" that he'd see fallen heroes in the audience.
Or is he referring to living Vets in the audience. If that's the case, perhaps he has Veterans day confused with Memorial Day.
On the same day, John McCain criticized Obama for being stubborn in his views toward the Iraq war. He said,
"Look at what happened in the last two years since Senator Obama visited and declared the war lost... He really has no experience or knowledge or judgment about the issue of Iraq and he has wanted to surrender for a long time... If there was any other issue before the American people, and you hadn't had anything to do with it in a couple of years, I think the American people would judge that very harshly... For him to talk about dates for withdrawal, which basically is surrender in Iraq after we're succeeding so well is, I think, really inexcusable."
McCain, who has been to Iraq 8 times, and who was also a Navy prisoner of war in Vietnam, seems to me to be the most qualified person left in the presidential race to manage the military in a time of war.
Despite the turn of events in Iraq, which make it look more and more likely that the U.S. and the general Iraqi public will win that war, Obama is holding firm that he will pull troops out of Iraqi in 11-16 months after he is elected.
However, we here at Freadom Nation knows that this is rhetoric similar to democrats running for seats in Washington in 2006 said they would, if democrats gain control of the House and Senate, pull troops out of Iraq.
If that happened, everything we've accomplished so far in Iraq would be for naught, the Iranians would march in and take over that nation if the Iraqi soldiers were not fully prepared, and chaos would ensue, which may even involve the deaths of millions of Iraqis who supported the U.S. military.
Obama would not want that on his shoulders, and he will not pull out of Iraq. Clinton would not either. He, in my humble opinion, is only saying this stuff to get the support of his base.
McCain noted his new goal for the Iraq War is to start assure that most troops would be coming home by 2013. That too is rhetoric to cater to the majority of Americans who do not approve of the War in Iraq. By saying this he is just trying to show that he has a vision in mind for the end of U.S. presence in Iraq.
Would I like for the troops to come home by 2013? Absolutely. Would I like them to come home within a year? Even better. But we also need to make sure that our pullout won't result in backlash.
On another note, McCain appeared to play the fatherly role with Obama by offering to go on a visit to Iraq with Obama, and "I go back every few months because things are changing in Iraq," he said. "I would also seize that opportunity to educate Senator Obama along the way."
Now wouldn't that be cool. That would make McCain look all the more sagacious.