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McCain video: "Only a fool or a fraud talks tough or romantically about war."

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Presumptive GOP Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) makes an implicit swipe at Democratic rival Sen.Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in this video with the non-subtle message to question any Obama tough rhetoric about war, underscored with McCain's own storied military history.


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"the non-subtle message to question any Obama tough rhetoric about war, underscored with McCain's own storied military history."

Ms. Sweet,

I read it differently. I see it as an attempt to reassure Americans that Sen. McCain's bellicose rhetoric -- "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran." -- doesn't mean he fails to understand the dangers of war. It is an attempt to distance himself from his war-hawk party's image.

I don't think McCain's team could think it effective to accuse Obama of talking "tough or romantically about war" when McCain has done so much saber-rattling.

-- SCAM
so-called "Austin Mayor"
http://austinmayor.blogspot.com

WHAT PUZZLES ME IS WITH ALL THE THROOPS WE HAVE IN IRAQ, WHY DON'T
WE CONTROL THE BORDERS OF A COUNTRY THE SIZE OF CALIFORNIA!
WHAT ARE WE REALLY DOING IN IRAQ, DO WE GET THE OIL, WHY PAY KBR
AND HALLIBURTON, AND BLACKWATER ALL THAT MONEY, AND THE POOR
SOLDIER COMES BACK AND STRUGGLES WITH HEALTHCARE, AND THE GI BILL,
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO WAKE-UP, ALL THIS IS, IS ANOTHER VIETNAM!
NOW WE TRADE WITH VIETNAM!

Yes. Only fraud denies the fact that this country was TAKEN OVER by an elite group of 'super spies' with NSC 4 and NSC 4a in 1947--and that the overwhelming majority of times our military 'muscle' was used since then was for wars not worthy of this great country.
Only a fraud denies the fact that a person who bombs civilians from miles above the planet perhaps runs the risk of being shot down for doing same.
Only a fool assumes he can tee off on our candidate even before Hillary's ended her campaign--and the Democrats will let him get away with it.

I live in IL and will vote for John McCain - I'm well aware that my vote won't count for much with liberal Chicago in play,

but

I have no stomach for left wing socialism. With every entitlement freedom is lost.

I live with the consolation that Grampers McCain is one hissy fit away from being retired to an assisted living suite in his precious Arizona, replete with his botoxed beer baroness Barbie, with the drug habit sold separately. Decorate his suite to look like the Oval Office. Grampers won't know the difference.

Obama - Webb 2008!

John Edwards for Attorney General!

Bill Richardson for Secretary of State!

Dennis Kucinich for Secretary of the Interior!

What "Obama tough rhetoric about war" are you referring to? He's talked a little about bombing the Taliban-controlled areas of Pakistan if Pakistan doesn't do something first. But mostly Obama has been criticized for being too soft because he thinks talking to people who say they want to kill us might be a good idea and because he wants to get our troops out of Iraq.

I think you've misread the ad, Ms. Sweet. This ad is actually the softer side of McCain's belligerence. McCain spends the whole ad talking about his family's tradition of military service then adds he wants to keep America safe. The juxtaposition of the two ideas leads me to the conclusion that he plans to keep American safe by military means. Not to say he's the fool or fraud he refers to at the start of the commercial, but note that in pledging to keep America safe, he didn't speak of any tradition of diplomacy.

McCain is labelling his leader a fool. Witness Bush’s performance at the national press club gridiron show, playfully seeking WMD’s (“Must be around here somewhere”) while Americans are being killed and maimed in his Iraqi misadventure.

Blah Blah Blah. Mr. McCain, I don't care about your military past. The war you fought in was NOTHING like WW 2 and all that it stood for and represented.

I don't care about your experience either, because your so called wisdom and experience ARE part of the political problem that has dragged this country down all of these decades to what will eventually become a third world style nation.
Here is an idea Mr. McCain. Stay out of everyone else’s business and focus on OUR country and OUR problems. We have so many (hopefully you realize that too) We’ve ALWAYS had our greasy fat fingers in everyone’s business.

Excuse me, but wasn't it Bush who used the word "romantic" in association with the Iraq war recently?

Phil, I like yor posts, even if I don't completely agree with them. Neither one of our mega-corporate political parties have done squat for the veterans. I will be the first to state that the Republicans are more hypocritical on this issue than the Dems.. The Reps. want to continue with the Iraq war while doing very little to increase the pay and the benefits of the average soldier, airman, or sailor. The families of Reservists and National Guardsmen are suffering from the lack of their civilian paychecks. Our government does very little to address it. Our wounded veterans deserve everything that we can do for them. We haven't done that. We need a very well paid professional military.
The Democrats will do very little, also. Washington DC government is bloated, corrupted by the two party's monopoly of it, and totally vacant of innovative ideas to solve our problems. Day after day, month after month, and year after year I've watched the pendulum swing back from Reps. to the Dems. and vice versa with no real solutions to our problems. If you want real change, you folks ought to consider term limitation and public funding of campaigns. McCain and Obama have to heed the commands of their political parties or they will be marginalized. That is why it is unlikely that we will get true change from either of them. The "so called" excitement of this year's political contest only illustrates how gullible and uninformed poeple really are. Real change would be wresting our government back from the hands of these two corporate parties.

Bush -

"Bring them on." (tough)

“I must say, I’m a little envious,” Bush said. “If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed.”
“It must be exciting for you … in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You’re really making history, and thanks,” (romantic)

McCain - "Only a fool or a fraud talks tough or romantically about war."
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I gotta say I agree with McCain and I think Bush is both fool and fraud.

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