The Real John McCain
Is there a reason John McCain’s supporters avoid discussing his record?
They only like to talk about his personal story, his position on the surge, his supposed electability. When the rest of his career comes to topic the automatic quick reply is to characterize the topics as an attack.
Let’s take a look at the so called attacks.
the most brazen frontal assault on political speech.
the most far-reaching amnesty program in American history.
the most onerous and intrusive attack on American industry — through reporting, regulating, and taxing authority of greenhouse gases in American history.
the biggest boon to the trial bar since the tobacco settlement, under the rubric of a patients’ bill of rights.
a significant blow to pharmaceutical research and development, not to mention consumer safety (hey Rudy, pay attention, see link).
And then there’s the McCain defense record.
His supporters point to essentially one policy strength, McCain’s early support for a surge and counterinsurgency. It has now evolved into McCain taking credit for forcing the president to adopt General David Petreaus’s strategy. Where’s the evidence to support such a claim?
the unprecedented granting of due-process rights to unlawful enemy combatants (terrorists).
McCain has repeatedly called for the immediate closing of Guantanamo Bay and the introduction of al-Qaeda terrorists into our own prisons — despite the legal rights they would immediately gain and the burdens of managing such a dangerous population.
While McCain proudly and repeatedly points to his battles with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who had to rebuild the U.S. military and fight a complex war, where was McCain in the lead-up to the war — when the military was being dangerously downsized by the Clinton administration and McCain’s friend, former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen? Where was McCain when the CIA was in desperate need of attention? Also, McCain was apparently in the dark about al-Qaeda like most of Washington, despite a decade of warnings.