POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Bush follows Obama’s lead; stubborn John McCain sticks with the old mistakes

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 11, 2008

ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI report in today’s New York Times …

  • President Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the prior approval of the Pakistani government.


Isn’t this exactly what Barack Obama said several months ago should be considered, after which John McCain called him irresponsible? Will McCain now call Bush irresponsible?

It is inexcusable that, seven years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden is still alive.

Bush, with McCain’s support, refused the Taliban offer to put bin Laden on trial, pulled back at Tora Bora when bin Laden should have been within our sights, and then pulled troops out of Afghanistan, to fight his ignorant and costly war of choice in Iraq.

John McCain supported him all the way, differing only on tactics.

Along comes Barack Obama, saying the U.S. should set a timetable for orderly withdrawal from Iraq and pursue bin Laden wherever he is. John McCain says Obama doesn’t have the experience or judgment to lead. But apparently Obama has enough good judgment for even George Bush to follow his lead. 

So now only stubborn old John McCain hangs on to the obviously wrong policies of “victory” in Iraq and failure to pursue bin Laden to, as Barack Obama said, “the cave where he lives.”

Here, in one of the few areas where McCain distances himself from Bush, it is McCain who is wrong and Bush who is right.

On the economy, the environment, healthcare, and so many other issues, of course, both Bush and McCain are horribly wrong.

Wonder what Ms. Lipstick thinks about such matters?


For the entire article, click … http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/washington/11policy.html?hp


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