Sunday, May 04, 2008

100 years in Iraq?

Chris Wallace does a good job showing how blatantly dishonest Howard Dean and the DNC are in their smear ads against John McCain--especially the ad about being in Iraq for 100 years.

Unlike many Americans, I have no problem with attack ads, but at least have the integrity (on both sides) to be honest about your attacks! By all means, feel free to disagree with John McCain. But disagree with what he actually says--not some lies fabricated by airing clips in which his statements have been cut off in mid-sentence! (see the video on Hot Air).

3 comments:

Brent said...

I had to laugh when I saw that the video being used to show why comments should be shown in their entirety was cut off before Dean could respond to Wallace's last comment. Delicious irony.

As for what was shown, Dean's points about the economy were exactly right. Adding the part where he "understands" that people are hurting doesn't really add much, since he still said (and apparently believes) that people really are better off than they were 8 years ago. No wonder even McCain himself has admitted that "the issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should." That's comforting to voters facing a recession.

As for the Iraq part, I suppose there is a somewhat valid point there. He did say as long as Americans aren't being harmed or killed. Perhaps a more honest (and even more effective) ad would have included that. But then the question becomes, how long are we willing to wait for that? That could take a hundred years itself. The essential point still applies.

Dennis said...

Brent,

I would agree with you that we can't stay there forever. In fact, I really disagree with McCain on this one.

Personally, I don't want us in Iraq like we are in Germany or Japan. I want us to get out completely, 100%. As long as we we're in Iraq it gives the radicals an excuse (which is all it is) to attack us.

But we can't just pull out now and leave all our Iraqi supporters at the mercy of the radicals and insurgents.

Brent said...

I understand what you're saying. But when do we leave then? And even if you think you know the answer to that, why doesn't our government? How many more of our young men and women have to die while the Iraqi army sleeps in? (http://www.time.com/time/world/
article/0,8599,1732617,00.html)