Wednesday, July 26, 2006

What’s up with John McCain?

Yesterday, in a press conference with President Bush, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki criticized the "damage and destruction" caused by Israeli attacks but said nothing about Hezbollah’s role. Now Think Progress reports that McCain appeared on Fox News and claimed that Maliki has “condemned Hezbollah,” when he has done no such thing. McCain said that, as a result, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others who have criticized Malaki for his position on Hezbollah are “not qualified to lead.” From the transcript:
Well, we’ve got a conflict going on in Iraq where the United States is fighting and doing everything that they can to help democracy evolve there. The Prime Minister of Iraq and others have condemned Hezbollah and say they do not support them. So, if you want to have our effort in Iraq impaired by this situation, go ahead, but I think the Democrats are proving again why they’re not qualified to lead.
Um, who is not qualified to lead? Hard to see what once seemed so appealing about the guy. His turned the other cheek when Bush’s surrogates ruthlessly slandered his wife in South Carolina in 2000. That was completely beyond the pale. And now he’s been stumbling from one bizarro statement to another. He may think he’s on the fast track to the presidency, but it’s hard to see him even making it out of the starting gate in 2008. He’s history.

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