That’s what John McCain said yesterday while in the Middle East. Standing at a press conference with Senators Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman.
The only problem is that both Graham and Lieberman started looking sort of sheepish and uncomfortable as McCain was talking. And finally Lieberman leaned over, whispered in McCain’s ear and told him, uh, the intelligence doesn’t show that — turns out there are insurgents but no one can prove it’s Al Qaeda.
Oops! His bad! No need for the person who wants to be President of the United States to have a firm grasp of the facts, right?
Why am I talking about Iran when it’s the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq? Because this is how Iraq started — little lies. Purposeful slips of the tongue. Efforts to plant seeds of doubt with just enough truthiness to make us wonder and worry. Raise enough questions to give the commander-in-chief the benefit of the doubt.
If John McCain gets elected president — which at least one of my friends believes will be the ultimate outcome – you can take it to the bank that a President McCain will make going into Iran his first priority. He’s been on that Pentagon/Dick Cheney bandwagon for a long time.
That’s why it’s important to stay focused on Iraq.
They told us it would be a slam dunk. They told us we’d be greeted as liberators. They told us they had weapons of mass destruction waiting to be launched in our direction. Five years later, and 4,000 U.S. lives, and countless civilian lives, later, we’re still there.
And there are many in Washington, D.C. who are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. Here’s a list of what’s going on in the nation’s capital to protest the Iraq War:
- “Blockade the IRS”:
A march to the IRS headquarters at 1111 Constitution Ave.
- “Disrupt the War Profiteers”: Student groups and activists will converge upon the streets throughout the day to rally outside offices of large corporations such as ExxonMobil, Shell, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Bechtel and the IMF/World Bank.
- “Separate Oil and State”: Participants will meet outside the American Petroleum Institute.
- “Veterans March for Peace”: The march will begin this morning at
7th St., NWon the National Mall between Madison and Jefferson streets.
- “Critical Mass”: Cyclists will travel through downtown possibly riding south on
Connecticut Ave., NWto the White House.
- “Granny Peace Brigade Knit-in”: A sit-in is planned for outside the Veterans Affairs office.
- “Funk the War”: Similar to Disrupt the War Profiteers, student groups will converge on the
- “March of the Dead”: Dozens of activists will roam the city dressed in black representing those killed in the
- “The World Can’t Wait”: Anti-torture rally at at
Lafayette Square Park .
- “March on DNC”: Participants will gather at at the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall and march to the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at
430 S. Capitol St., SE.
Finally, we’re taking some action.
When it comes to Iraq, and Iran, I don’t want to forget the immortal words of George W. Bush:
“Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”