Saturday, August 30, 2008

Does McCain Make Reckless Decisions?

McCain has made it a point to argue that he has the better judgment and therefore we should elect him president. So, let's see if the facts bear that out.

This is from an article on Think Progess about McCain:

The New York Times runs a lengthy article today on how the 9/11 attacks contributed to Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) foreign policy, particulary his aggression towards Iraq. “A terrorist resides in Baghdad,” he said in Feb. 2002, adding, “A day of reckoning is approaching”:

Within a month he made clear his priority. “Very obviously Iraq is the first country,” he declared on CNN. By Jan. 2, Mr. McCain was on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Sea, yelling to a crowd of sailors and airmen: “Next up, Baghdad!” […]

“These networks are well-embedded in some of these countries,” Mr. McCain said on Sept. 12, listing Iraq, Iran and Syria as potential targets of United States pressure.

In written answers to the Times, McCain blamed “Iraq’s opacity under Saddam” for any misleading remarks he made about the threat. Weeks after 9/11, McCain told Larry King that he would have named Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell to a McCain cabinet. “Oh, yes, and Cheney,” McCain added, saying he would have offered Dick Cheney the vice presidency.


Does wanting to start a war in Iraq, appoint Rumsfeld, and make Cheney Vice-President show sound judgment? Or are they examples of emotional, implusive decision-making?

Now, we have the choice of Gov. Sarah Palin for Vice-President. A woman who, to quote the Associated Press, has "spent more hours fishing than dealing with issues of national security." A woman who. two years ago, was the Mayor of a city of less than 7,000. A woman with two years of gubernatorial experience.

Given this kind of decision making, how can anyone think that McCain has sound judgment?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

As I said in the prior posting about McCain using the P.O.W. card time and time again..."yet it did not get posted".
He makes bad decisions, he makes "emotional" decisions. Leads with the wrong head multi. times. He is known to "become emotional and then angry" and all of which are evidence that he is in serious need of help. He was a tortured P.O.W. and I believe IT may be GOOD reason for his patently evident psychological problems. We should be demanding an exam at this point. Mark my words. Watch this guy closely. He is not right.

Dee said...

After watching the debate, this issue of McCain's poor decision making was sealed in cement. McCain, Mr. Country First, constantly repeated that Obama lacked the experience and knowledge to handle the terrorist threat. However, Mr. Country First, with his age and his poor health, chose a VP candidate who won't even face American journalists. If that woman can't even stand up in front of the media and answer their questions, how is she possibly going to handle all our country's current issues? It's scary to think about!