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Apr 18, 2008

Democrats and the DTs

By Jim Fryar.

Dubious truthfulness, and difficult times, the Democrats are suffering from it.

They supported the war effort when public support was strong, with an enthusiasm in which they couldn’t wait to say, “me too.” When the conflict started to drag on and casualty figures mounted, public support began to fade.

The administration dug in its toes and settled in for the long haul while the Democrats dropped any pretence of principle and rather than continue to support the troops to give them the solid bi-partisan backing back home, opted to pursue a divisive course of the sort that did so much damage to those who fought in Vietnam.

The trouble for them is that after a great deal of urging by Senator McCain, the administration agreed to ‘the surge,’ which has turned the war around. While it has not in any way popularised the war, it has gained an acceptance that a satisfactory result can be achieved. This is the last thing Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, Murtha, and company wanted to hear.

Now they are committed to the line of Code Pink, Move On, and such like and have boxed themselves into a corner they can’t get out of and are staring down the barrel of defeat. As result they are franticly trying to use character assassination and lie their way out of it.

John McCain released a positive ad highlighting his lifetime of service to the American people, which nobody would deny. The reaction from Howard Dean was to accuse him of being an opportunist.

Obama continues to falsely state that McCain "wants" another 100 years of war in Iraq. Even though at least two non-partisan entities have found that Obama is grossly misrepresenting what Senator McCain actually said.

What he actually said was: - Maybe a hundred. Make it one hundred. We’ve been in South Korea, we’ve been in Japan for sixty years. We’ve been in South Korea for fifty years or so. That’d be fine with me as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. Then it’s fine with me. I would hope it would be fine with you if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where Al Qaeda is training, recruiting, equipping and motivating people every single day.

Obama then compounded his falsehood by claiming; John McCain got upset today apparently because I had repeated exactly what he said, which is that we might be there [Iraq] for 100 years if he had his way. This is not what he said, and could only be considered a deliberate distortion of the situation.

Clinton has made the same claims of a 100 year war, and Obama has repeated them since.

Hillary has made the claim of landing in Bosnia under sniper fire, when the film of the event clearly shows that was not the case. Bill Clinton has repeatedly lied to justify her deceit; I guess he can’t understand why anyone would have a problem with it.

Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a Barack Obama supporter claimed, “McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit.” “What happened when they get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people.

The truth is that John McCain was engaged in low-level attack on a heavily defended power plant in Hanoi when he was shot down. Rather than dropping bombs from the relative safety of 35,000 feet, McCain and his comrades were willing to put their lives at great risk in order to hit specific, high-value targets without the assistance of guided munitions. The laser guidance system was not use until the next year.

Be prepared for more of this. Wealthy Democrats plan to fund a $40 million, four-month attack barrage against McCain, reports Politico. It will be independent of whoever is the Democratic nominee, but is yet another sign of Democrats' worry about McCain.

Probably one of the worst attempts at character assassination came from Matt Ysglesias in the ‘Atlantic Journal’ who uses unfounded allegations from anonymous sources contained in an anti McCain book by obscure extreme left ‘author’ Cliff Schecter to allege that John McCain used rather vile language towards his wife, Cindy in an incident in 1992.

This story made a brief appearance in the 2000 primaries before being repudiated by Cindy herself. If the story were true, how come it only comes to light now? It’s 16 years ago that it is supposed to have happened. But it gets better; Ysglesias then got all noble and issued a retraction, or at least the kind of retraction you have when you are not having a retraction.

Making sure that he linked to the original story, so that it got another run he said, “The story was the kind of thing that's known in the journalism business as "too good to check," which is to say I just kind of linked to it thoughtlessly without considering the sourcing.” This in fact means, “It was such a good story that I refrained from checking the sources as I didn’t want the truth to spoil it.”

I believe that this story was invented to play on the fact that John McCain is on record as having from time to time used colorful language, after which he is known to apologize, we mostly all do, though not all of us have the decency to express our regrets later. After thirty years on drill rigs I have a good turn of phrase myself. The following quote puts it in perspective: -

"Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer." Mark Twain.

I am not sure what term my American readers use for this sort of thing, but in Australia we tend to use the term, “lying like pigs in shit.”

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1 comment:

  1. I've never heard Americans use the phrase “lying like pigs in shit” but it's a good one and I think I'll pinch it. :)