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Monday, August 30, 2004

John McCain, Hypocrite

From McCain's speech:

My friends in the Democratic Party -- and I'm fortunate to call many of them my friends -- assure us they share the conviction that winning the war against terrorism is our government's most important obligation.

I don't doubt their sincerity. (emphasis added)

Then later (and getting the longest and loudest ovation of the entire speech):

Our choice wasn't between a benign status quo and the bloodshed of war.

It was between war and a graver threat. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Not our critics abroad. Not our political opponents.

And certainly not a disingenuous film maker who would have us believe that Saddam's Iraq was an oasis of peace when in fact it was a place of indescribable cruelty, torture chambers, mass graves and prisons that destroyed the lives of the small children held inside their walls. (emphasis added)

And then he got high-minded again at the end, saying that election-year politics "should remain an argument among friends."

Dictionary.com defines "disingenuous" as "Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating." I guess not doubting the sincerity of opponents to Bush's policies includes an exception for the odious Michael Moore!

And then there was all the war-mongering, which was basically the rest of the speech. It was interesting that McCain gave an inaccurate review of what happened in Afghanistan (the Taliban aren't destroyed, it needs mentioning) and he called the plan for war in Iraq "achievable"--too bad it wasn't "achieved."

What's even better is that McCain gave an inaccurate statement about what Michael Moore's movie says. Moore never says in the movie that, "Saddam's Iraq was an oasis of peace"--everyone's aware of the torture, etc., don't be so patronizing. What Moore does say is this:

On March 19, 2003, George W. Bush and the United States military invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq. A nation that had never attacked the United States. A nation that had never threatened to attack the United States. A nation that had never murdered a single American citizen.