Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hey Senator Surge

Time for a little "truth" telling Senator Surge. For the last several months we have been listening to you saturate the airwaves with nonsense that you and you alone can protect this nation.

While, you have taken sole credit for the "surge" in Iraq you have failed to realize that the downturn of violence in Iraq has lead to an increase of violence in Afghanistan.

Indeed, in the last two months there have been more deaths in Afghanistan than in Iraq. It is widely known amongst coalition forces that Al-Qaeda is now in Afghanistan providing logistics and financing to the Taliban. Several days ago nine US soldiers were killed and fifteen others were wounded when the Taliban attached a US forward base in Kunar province. Insurgents in Pakistan are crossing the border into Afghanistan to join the fighting. That's the Afghan/Pakistan border, not the Iraq/Pakistan border as you wrongly asserted on Good Morning America. In order to secure a border you must first know where said border is. Senator Obama has been calling for reinforcements for Afghanistan for the last sixteen months. You on the other hand waited until a progress report on the security and stability in Afghanistan went to the Congress several weeks ago. It was only at this point that you considered more troops were needed in Afghanistan. Michael E. O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institute and the International Crisis Group's joint study on terrorism have described Afghanistan as extremely volatile. My friend, my friend if you had attended even one committee meeting on Afghanistan you would have realized months ago the deteriorating state of this forgotten war. Of course Senator your absence at every meeting was duly noted.

For someone who has staked his whole campaign on the Iraq war, I was utterly astounded when you told Katie Couric of CBS that the Anbar or Sunni Awakening followed the Surge, when in reality the Anbar Awakening preceded the Surge by almost four months. My friend that is a matter of recorded history.

Joe Klein of Time Magazine stated McCain's assertions as"pure nonsense"

In the beginning you promised the Nation a very civil and respectful campaign. You criticized Senator Obama for not visiting Iraq. Now that he has done that you criticized him for going. Was this jealousy on your part? Several weeks ago you visited Canada and Columbia to promote Free Trade. No criticism there, right John. Yesterday, you accused Senator Obama of being willing to lose a war in order to win the Presidency. More respect on your part, Senator? You accused him of putting the Nation at risk because of his inexperience. This must be the civility you spoke of several months ago. The only Candidate who has Presidential experience is one who is running for a second term. But even with all these remarks and derogatory insults about Obama that are coming out of your own mouth, Senator Obama continues to tell the people that you Sir are a war hero. That is respect Senator McCain. You seemed to have forgotten what respect means. You, Sir have fallen drastically short of the campaign you promised in the beginning.

You have surrounded yourself with campaign advisers of questionable reputations. Charlie Black's lobbying firm has represented dictators like Marcos, Mobutu of Zaire and Savimbi of Angola. Carly Fiorina while with HP tried to circumvent the trade boycott of Iran. Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham were both advising Vets for Freedom, a 527 group not unlike The Swift Boat Vets . And yet these are the advisers who have been allowed to stay with your campaign.

I could point out many more gaffes you have made in the last two months, but the only thing I must add is your shameful reputation and voting record when it comes to representing the Veterans of this country. You receive a 100% disability pension, tax free I might add, and you have denied every improvement that these brave men, not only need but surely deserve. How any one millionaire veteran like yourself allows other veteran to be homeless is beyond comprehension.

My friend, my friend please explained to the Veterans of American how Walter Reed Surgical Hospital once the "Crown Jewel" of the US Military has become known as the Dungeons of Building 18, under your watch.

Now that the cameras are focusing on you, an apology and I'll do better somehow just doesn't cut the mustard; it's what you did when no one was looking that counts.

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