Left ready to wet itself over McCain saying “there will be other wars”

posted at 11:35 am on January 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

Remind me, wasn’t it St. Barack himself, prince of peace, who threatened to go marching into the Pakistani tribal areas to clean out the jihadist sewer if Musharraf wouldn’t do it himself? And which unhinged neocon was it who said this just last month?

To help our forces recover from Iraq and prepare them to confront the full range of twenty-first-century threats, I will work to expand and modernize the military so that fighting wars no longer comes at the expense of deployments for long-term deterrence, military readiness, or responses to urgent needs at home.

Yes, there will be more confrontations with jihadists, hopefully more on the scale of the proxy Somalia/Ethiopia conflict last year than any sort of mass invasion. That’s all McCain’s saying, but HuffPo knows a good talking point when it sees one. So it’s duly flagged and ready for use in a scaremongering campaign ad, assuming Maverick makes it past Romney and advances to the general.

Do note one of his greatest strengths on display here, though. Not his hawkishness or his willingness to talk “straight” about it, but the extent to which the media — in the unlikely person of Mika Brzezinski, daughter of Jimmy Carter’s NSA — is willing to cut him the kind of slack that Bush would never, ever get. It’ll be a lot easier to defend the war on terror in the media with McCain as president. No small advantage.


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It’ll be a lot easier to defend the war on terror in the media with McCain as president. No small advantage.

I do not believe the generosity with which he is treated now by the media would continue as president.

Spirit of 1776 on January 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

It’ll be a lot easier to defend the war on terror in the media with McCain as president. No small advantage.

this point is what makes me think the stomach turning idea that McCain may be the right man and right time. puke.

jp on January 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Too bad he absolutely sucks on immigration. Otherwise, he may have had my vote.

RW Wacko on January 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

There will be other wars against Jihadis and others… duh!

CliffHanger on January 28, 2008 at 11:46 AM

To help our forces recover from Iraq and prepare them to confront the full range of twenty-first-century threats, I will work to expand and modernize the military so that fighting wars no longer comes at the expense of deployments for long-term deterrence, military readiness, or responses to urgent needs at home.

It’s rather a shame that he said this, because it makes him look (quoteunquote) “good” to anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to his vast and storied career of silencng free speech, pandering to illegal alien criminals and the Keating Five thing. And they, unfortunately, are legion at this time.

Spanglemaker on January 28, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Yeah, McCain’s glove treatment will end as soon as he’s the Republican nominee.

I seriously could see McCain, if he were to be president, taking Lieberman as a running mate and then doing the “unprecedented” change-of-party while a president. He’d be praised to the skies, and in the process, he’d knife what’s left of the conservatives in the back, in a hope to bury them forever.

Vanceone on January 28, 2008 at 11:47 AM

“there will be other wars” which will beget nonviolent, socially-aware, sustainable, carbon-free direct action manifested through street theater, interpretive dancing, and other miscellaneous acts of faggotry from the creative underclasswipes.

ninjapirate on January 28, 2008 at 11:47 AM

The powers behind the political machine manipulated Fred Thompson in order to disillusion conservatives into accepting the machine’s socialism packaged either with greenbacks and good looks preferred by bloggers and talk show listeners or else a military uniform as preferred by television audiences. Regardless, the majority believes what they are told to believe. Speculator opportunists gamble on Mitt. We have their sort of Republicans to thank for our current housing market corruption. On the other hand, many ostrich blindfold voters implicitly gamble their trust in the honorable integrity of the military uniform, regardless of the domestic contempt from the man who no longer wears it.

The democratic majority rules, especially when enforced by censorship and yellow journalism. Having utilized ugly destructive tactics to destroy ideals, though, remaining candidates can not “unite” the GOP as Fred admonished. Not as is.

maverick muse on January 28, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Yeah, sounds like the lefties love affair with McCain The Pain is about to fall along the wayside. How much you wanna bet the NYT, fresh from their endorsement of him, is about to take this quote from him and go after McCain with a vengeance?

pilamaye on January 28, 2008 at 11:49 AM

The left is only for wars they start. And since the only wars they start are (Sorry Lou Dobbs, you ain’t got it quote right) Wars against Americans (not just the middle class), we will see precious little action against America’s real, offshore enemies By Barry, Shrillary, Silky or any of their appointees.

Duncan Khuver on January 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

I gotta admit, Mika is kinda cute, in a leftist loony sort of way.

Always Right on January 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Maverick could pick Liebs for a cabinet position, perhaps even VP, but he would not change political parties once in office. Honestly, why bother? Winning the Presidency would have already told conservatives they do not run the Party.

CliffHanger on January 28, 2008 at 11:51 AM

I do not believe the generosity with which he is treated now by the media would continue as president.

Spirit of 1776 on January 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

It would cease to continue once he became the republican nominee.

thirteen28 on January 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

It’s hard to criticize a man with as impressive a career in the House as Scarborough but.. he’s really lame.

It’ll be a lot easier to defend the war on terror in the media with McCain as president.

It’ll also be a lot harder to beat back shamnesty, with Democrats in control and not so eager to see him fail as they did Bush.

amkun on January 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

I am I the only one to see that Joe Scarborough has totally sold out the left wing so that he can keep his job at MSNBC. This guy was supposedly a “conservative” Republican congressman??

If McCain gets the Repub nomination he will suddenly become the prince of darkness; a fact which his supporters should understand shoots to hell the idea that he can win an election against the Dems.

georgealbert on January 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

It’ll be a lot easier to defend the war on terror in the media with McCain as president.

McCain is very eloquent on the war. After 8 years of the Bush Administration doing its best to avoid defending the war on terror, McCain would be a welcome upgrade.

Big S on January 28, 2008 at 11:53 AM

You know one funny, I mean ROFL kinda hahaha is that if it weren’t for Huckabee, McCain would be running away with this nomination. Sure Huckabee won Iowa to take that away from Romney, but Romney still got a lot of delegates in Iowa.

Now Huckabee is taking a lot of votes from people who would likely vote for McCain’s experience.

So while I LOL, please tell me why there isn’t more support for Huckabee on this board to keep McCain from getting the nomination. Huckabee is near the lead in most of the southern primaries. First or second to McCain.

I expect plenty of MDS (McCain Derangement Syndrome) to throw support behind Huckabee this Super Tuesday coming up. Of course that’s after the Super Sunday and Super Monday. So it’s highly appropriate that they call it ‘Super Tuesday’.

ThackerAgency on January 28, 2008 at 11:53 AM

If McCain goes on to win the nomination and the White House, we’ll need a Plan B on fighting him and Congress on amnesty for illegals.

Anyone have a Plan B…?

CliffHanger on January 28, 2008 at 11:54 AM

This isn’t surprising from the left. They’re still trying to carry water for McCain on his Romney smear. How typical…

SkinnerVic on January 28, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Anyone who thinks that the MSM’s adoration of McCain will continue if he becomes the GOP candidate is insane. He is popular precisely because he weakens the GOP. So, when he becomes the “standard bearer” (pardon me while I throw up in my mouth just a little), do you think he’ll get the fawning? GROW UP! Good lord, we’d have a better chance of dusting off Bob Dole and running him again. (And I think a considerable portion of the base would vote for Bob Dole TODAY over “maverick.”)

Sugar Land on January 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM

The first line of defense is the border.

He failed there.

Building up the military… when the country has already accepted de facto invasion... is meaningless.

Go home, Johnny.

profitsbeard on January 28, 2008 at 12:03 PM

I expect plenty of MDS (McCain Derangement Syndrome) to throw support behind Huckabee this Super Tuesday coming up. Of course that’s after the Super Sunday and Super Monday. So it’s highly appropriate that they call it ‘Super Tuesday’.

ThackerAgency on January 28, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Speaking in the kindest way possible, I doubt voting patterns are affected much by HA commenters. And, from observing our newest influx, that may be a good thing.

a capella on January 28, 2008 at 12:07 PM

If McCain goes on to win the nomination and the White House, we’ll need a Plan B on fighting him and Congress on amnesty for illegals.

Anyone have a Plan B…?

CliffHanger on January 28, 2008 at 11:54 AM

We could regain the US house of Representatives and block any amnesty attempt.

Remember even with Bush in the White house and the dems in control of both house Amnesty failed. Is nothing to suggest that it wont fail again if the right people back it.

That said is also another bright side (however small) of a McCain victory in the fall. He would be out of the Senate and maybe someone like JD Hackworth can capture his seat ?

William Amos on January 28, 2008 at 12:14 PM

William Amos on January 28, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Understandably, elections for House seats are being overlooked at the moment. We need candidates who are strict enforcers and if Maverick wins the nomination, we’ll need to refocus on open congressional seats.

It’s perhaps our best and only hope for stopping the amnesty train.

CliffHanger on January 28, 2008 at 12:19 PM

The problem is the liberals can listen to Mr McCain all they want, but me personally I oculd care less what he says, and unlike the Mass Market Media I do not hinge on his every word and act. I wish he wasn’t in the race, I damn sure am upset that he is at the front of the pack and if he gets the nomination I will stay home. I will not be an active participant to the destruction of this country.
Here is somebody to check out however.

Just A Grunt on January 28, 2008 at 12:20 PM

It’ll be a lot easier to defend the war on terror in the media with McCain as president. No small advantage.

McCain’s military record is very tough to counter. Even the most ardent anti war vet isnt going to easily call McCain a chickenhawk.

William Amos on January 28, 2008 at 12:21 PM

William Amos-

But McCain is a chickenhawk in the border.

A $50-an-hour, lettuce-eating chickenhawk.

profitsbeard on January 28, 2008 at 12:28 PM

And the slack that they are cutting McCain at the moment on such statements will disappear in a flash if he becomes the nominee. They will pound him without merch right up to November with stuff like this. Realize the MSM is pushing him at the moment so they can beat him up to get the Democrat elected.

The chance to show their power by shifting the results from what they say at the moment, and get to beat up a military hero to give the Dems a victory? They can’t wait.

michaelo on January 28, 2008 at 12:40 PM

But McCain is a chickenhawk in the border.

A $50-an-hour, lettuce-eating chickenhawk.

profitsbeard on January 28, 2008 at 12:28 PM

But is the MSM or anyone other than conservatives going to call him that ?

William Amos on January 28, 2008 at 12:41 PM

McCain would do fine at protecting the countries front door against threats from abroad but he and his open borders team will leave the backdoor,the border wide open!

PTN 39 on January 28, 2008 at 12:47 PM

The powers behind the political machine manipulated Fred Thompson in order to disillusion conservatives into accepting the machine’s socialism packaged either with greenbacks and good looks preferred by bloggers and talk show listeners or else a military uniform as preferred by television audiences.

maverick muse on January 28, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Conjuring up Moonbat theories again, I see. Who are these puppet masters?

Buy Danish on January 28, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Do note one of [McCain's] greatest strengths on display here, though. Not his hawkishness or his willingness to talk “straight” about it, but the extent to which the media — in the unlikely person of Mika Brzezinski, daughter of Jimmy Carter’s NSA — is willing to cut him the kind of slack that Bush would never, ever get. It’ll be a lot easier to defend the war on terror in the media with McCain as president. No small advantage.

Wow. How many people are basing their primary votes on the idiotic theory that the liberal media would keep “endorsing” McCain after he won the Republican nomination? Probably a lot.

Limbaugh is right: if McCain wins the nomination, it won’t mean just another lost election; this will be the death of the Republican Party.

logis on January 28, 2008 at 12:52 PM

OT – there is a big clustrt f#$% on fox news now. The Kennedies endoring Obama.

barf

cjs1943 on January 28, 2008 at 12:55 PM

William Amos-

Will the MSM stay that?

Of course not. Because they are de facto coyotes, themselves.

I honor his military service, but not his civil governance.

He should retire and plant Romaine in a retro-victory garden.

profitsbeard on January 28, 2008 at 12:59 PM

oops: “MSM say that…”, not “stay“.

profitsbeard on January 28, 2008 at 1:00 PM

I seriously could see McCain, if he were to be president, taking Lieberman as a running mate and then doing the “unprecedented” change-of-party while a president. He’d be praised to the skies, and in the process, he’d knife what’s left of the conservatives in the back, in a hope to bury them forever.

Vanceone on January 28, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Emperor Palpentine?

juanito on January 28, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Gee, I wonder how little Mika Brzezinski got her job.
Daddy, I want to be on TV so you won’t be the only loser
in the family.

RobCon on January 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Scarborough was a congressman. He’s just trying to make enough money to buy his soul back.
Now, Mika. I love to look at her. But I’ve never heard her say one intelligent thing. And I’ve never heard her support anything she’s said with a cogent argument or any evidence. She’s just a spouter of opinions, tho a most comely one.
Regarding Obama talking about going into the tribal areas of Pakistan: that’s not exactly what he said. I remember from the first couple of very early debates that at least twice he described the area as, “between Afganistan and Pakistan.” I was stunned by the ignorance of geography involved. I was less surprised that no one called him on it. If Bush had said that we’d still be hearing about it three or four times a day. But I’m trying to get over my conservative self-pity (and it helps to remind myself that Bush is not a conservative but rather a country club Republican).

snaggletoothie on January 28, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Man, Scarborough is such a piece of sh**. I don’t like McCain, but I’d like to see him beat the hell out of Scarborough for this crap.

RightWinged on January 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Regarding Obama talking about going into the tribal areas of Pakistan: that’s not exactly what he said. I remember from the first couple of very early debates that at least twice he described the area as, “between Afganistan and Pakistan.” I was stunned by the ignorance of geography involved. I was less surprised that no one called him on it.
snaggletoothie on January 28, 2008 at 1:03 PM

That’s nothing. The REALLY idiotic thing is that B. Hussein Obama made his “invade first, ask permission later” threat to Pakistan (a nuclear power and one of a very few countries in that part of the world we can even PRETEND is an ally) within two days of his promising to give full diplomatic immunity to any terrorist leader who asked for it.

But I’m trying to get over my conservative self-pity (and it helps to remind myself that Bush is not a conservative but rather a country club Republican).
snaggletoothie on January 28, 2008 at 1:03 PM

I hate to bust your bubble there, but technically that can only alleviate your conservative self-loathing

As for your conservative self-pity, try reminding yourself of this fact: there is now absolutely no hope whatsoever that the Republican Party will nominate someone more conservative than George Bush this year.

logis on January 28, 2008 at 1:15 PM

I am I the only one to see that Joe Scarborough has totally sold out the left wing so that he can keep his job at MSNBC. This guy was supposedly a “conservative” Republican congressman??

georgealbert on January 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

I’m horrified by how Scarborough has sold out. He keeps the “pro-life” positions, but he becomes a coward about America’s survival. If we don’t fight the defensive wars of the future, we as a people aren’t going to get to argue about abortion. Our muslim masters will make those decisions. It doesn’t matter how “pro-life” those muslims are, our committing suicide as a nation and a culture should be a far greater crime for those who have “pro-life” beliefs.

thuja on January 28, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Scarborough is the McCain of the MSM. They like him because he’s not especially bright and more than willing to crap on Republicans to foster acceptance.
Well, he also proves that there is absolutely no intelligence test required to be a Congressman. No, really. Wouldn’t you love a gameshow entitled, “Are you smarter than a Congressman?” that allowed us to get on TV with a random panel of these er, ah statesman? It would make “Fifth Grader” look like the Mensa Olympics.

Sugar Land on January 28, 2008 at 1:57 PM

It’ll be a lot easier to defend the war on terror in the media with McCain as president. No small advantage.

Yeah, that would be real peachy except for that string of jihadis coming across the border from Mexico.

conservnut on January 28, 2008 at 2:54 PM

It’ll be a lot easier to defend the war on terror in the media with McCain as president.

There you have it. Media acceptance as a qualification for President. That’s one of the main reasons I DON’T trust Johnny.

drunyan8315 on January 28, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Even the most ardent anti war vet isnt going to easily call McCain a chickenhawk.

William Amos on January 28, 2008 at 12:21 PM

That is one of the few bright spots about a McCain presidency that has occurred to me. I’m real sick of hearing that crap from the Left.

Dudley Smith on January 28, 2008 at 4:16 PM

McCain is going to be surprised and appalled at how quickly the press turns on him.

He’s going to lose his mind and have a meltdown, and the press’s investment in this loose cannon will pay off handsomely if/when he has eliminated the last non-liberal from the primary.

urbancenturion on January 28, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Now, Mika. I love to look at her….

Seriously? To me, she’s on the high side of plain. Don’t get me wrong, I can handle plain. But I can’t handle the redefining of terms. It’s a peeve of mine.

urbancenturion on January 28, 2008 at 4:37 PM

De gustibus non disputatum est.

snaggletoothie on January 28, 2008 at 5:25 PM