McCain ad: “Tiny”

posted at 8:15 am on August 27, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

John McCain will spend this week reminding people of the fundamental unreadiness of Barack Obama to lead the nation in perilous times.  Yesterday, he used Hillary Clinton as his unwitting spokesperson, but today he uses … Barack Obama.  His extemporaneous comments on the lack of threat from “tiny” Iran in May get featured in “Tiny” today:

Iran. Radical Islamic government. Known sponsors of terrorism. Developing nuclear capabilities to “generate power” but threatening to eliminate Israel.

Obama says Iran is a “tiny” country, “doesn’t pose a serious threat”.

Terrorism, destroying Israel, those aren’t “serious threats”?

Obama — dangerously unprepared to be president.

The ad actually could have been stronger if it had used video from the actual remarks. It’s tough to do this in a 30-second spot, but here is the original video of Obama’s foolish and frighteningly naive remarks:

Actually, this clip provides a cornucopia of material for a series of ads. The Soviet Union fell because we conducted an economic war against it, not because we got friendly with Mikhail Gorbachev, who then decided to turn out the lights. McCain could also press Obama to identify the “common interests” we would have with the Iranian mullahcracy. Democracy? Nope. An alliance with Israel? Uh-uh. An end to terrorism in the Middle East? Given that Iran sponsors most of it, that seems extremely unlikely.

Team McCain needs to hammer on this theme. Obama’s laughing dismissal of Iran as a serious threat demonstrated that he has no clue as to the dangers arrayed against the US and our allies. Anyone this clueless doesn’t even qualify for the Senate, let alone the Presidency.


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The President didn’t write the 2002 NIE- it was handed to him. Go read it and come back.
Chuck Schick on August 27, 2008 at 12:43 PM

NIE, who needs an NIE… we don’t need no F’ing NIE…!

21 Rationales for War

Come, come now Chuck, there were no bogus reasons…!

Really…!

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Yeah it’s been pointed out….I think the true buyer’s remordse in the DNC is they bought short on “Failure” futures and when the magic day hit the futures were up not down.

I mean literally what else did Barry have over other better donks than “I never voted for the um uh war!”

Good luck Barry those numbers stay stable you’re toast babe.

sven10077 on August 27, 2008 at 1:28 PM

“The President didn’t write the 2002 NIE- it was handed to him. Go read it and come back.
Chuck Schick on August 27, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Was that the same NIE that warned of terrorists flying airplanes into buildings…?

“6. The misconception: No one could have predicted the Sept. 11 attacks. Since 9/11, President Bush and his team have repeatedly insisted that the attacks were inconceivable. David Corn chronicles these claims in his new book The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception. In May 2002, for example, Condoleezza Rice said, “I don’t think anyone could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center.” Ari Fleischer echoed her, “Never did we imagine what would take place on Sept. 11 where people use those airplanes as missiles and weapons.”

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 2:06 PM

Terrorism, destroying Israel, those aren’t “serious threats”?

Um, no. They aren’t. At least not to us. And since Obama is running for President of the United States of America, not of Israel, I think that is the correct frame of reference for judging the seriousness of threats. Iran’s involvement in terrorism sponsorship has been regional. They’re not a threat to us. They may be a threat to Israel, but that’s not our problem. Israel has 400+ nukes. They can take care of themselves!

“McCain — dangerously overprepared to be president of Israel.”

Mark Jaquith on August 27, 2008 at 2:29 PM

J-

You know the deal. I will not dignify any links not corroborated with Pravda and Mother Jones.

Come back when you read the NIE.

Chuck Schick on August 27, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Chuck Schick on August 27, 2008 at 1:08 PM

It’s certainly been a roller coaster ride; public sentiment has been up and down over the long seven plus years of this despicable war.

The recent Iraqi statements; indicating they want us to move our booty’s along may have given everyone renewed hope for the rapid return of our brave young men and women…!

Can’t happen to soon for this olde soldier…if you know what I mean…?

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Come back when you read the NIE. Chuck Schick on August 27, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Specifically which one, time and date: Sir!

Was it the partial one Cheney had conveniently published…?

He stated, “…it would be leaked any way.”

Leaked; for whose convenience dead-eye!

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 2:45 PM

I see the middle schoolers Dave and J_Gocht are here. Dave, have you asked your math teacher about ratios and the fact that a 28% approval rating is better than a 9%-14% approval rating?

And it looks like J_Gocht needs to go back an talk to his/her history teacher.

MobileVideoEngineer on August 27, 2008 at 2:51 PM

if you know what I mean…?

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 2:37 PM

J- I never know what you mean.

Chuck Schick on August 27, 2008 at 2:55 PM

Specifically which one, time and date: Sir!

Was it the partial one Cheney had conveniently published…?

He stated, “…it would be leaked any way.”

Leaked; for whose convenience dead-eye!

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 2:45 PM

White House can declassify anything it wants. “Leaks” are when information is exposed against protocol.

So why on earth would they not want to declassify the NIE to the public?

Chuck Schick on August 27, 2008 at 2:58 PM

MobileVideoEngineer on August 27, 2008 at 2:51 PM

You can believe it MVE… and middle school was one hell-of-a struggle for me too…!

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 3:00 PM

So why on earth would they not want to declassify the NIE to the public?
Chuck Schick on August 27, 2008 at 2:58 PM

It’s normally “TS-EO” unless they can use it to CYA…!

Or is it maybe CTA, yah thunk…?

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 3:05 PM

It’s normally “TS-EO” unless they can use it to CYA…!

Or is it maybe CTA, yah thunk…?

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 3:05 PM

I think you throw words like a monkey throws feces. English and spelled correctly, but doesn’t make sentences.

Unless you have anything “wacky” or “zany” to share, of course.

Chuck Schick on August 27, 2008 at 3:08 PM

It’s that voice Jake Fratelli, aka Robert Davi?

- The Cat

MirCat on August 27, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Chuck Schick on August 27, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Mon apologies, Chuck.

It’s been almost fifty years since my acronyms may have been used…

TS-EO — “Top secret-Eyes Only”
CYA — “Cover Your Asse”
CTA — “Cover Their Asse”

The generational gap is much wider than I ever surmised.
Hope the above helps, Chuck…?

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 3:23 PM

“…English and spelled correctly, but doesn’t make sentences.

Can monkeys spell, while throwing feces… and yes; all my English teachers used to complain about that too…!

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 3:29 PM

MirCat on August 27, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Your, “It’s that voice Jake Fratelli” link is “404”.

Just like some of mine.

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 3:39 PM

Did BO say Iran was tiny (I can bear to watch his crap–it makes me nauseous)?

Does he know what is even tinier (in the geographical sense)? Afghanistan. Do you know what they did? They sponsored an–even tinier–organization (geographically, again) that managed to kill 3000 Americans.

D********.

urbancenturion on August 27, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Oh, btw. “Tiny” in the title made me think of “Obama, on your shoulder!

urbancenturion on August 27, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Come now Mark… we all know this President just made $tuff up

The phrase “we all know” should set off everyone’s BS detectors. It tends to be followed with something that can’t be proven; the bald assertion that “we all know” something is a cheap ploy to hide the lack of any basis for it.

The Monster on August 27, 2008 at 4:08 PM

Hope the above helps, Chuck…?

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 3:23 PM

It really didn’t. What’s that noise? Is that a kazoo?

Chuck Schick on August 27, 2008 at 4:09 PM

I see J_Gocht has managed to p*ss all over another thread. You are a master of deflection, sir.

DrSteve on August 27, 2008 at 4:13 PM

DrSteve on August 27, 2008 at 4:13 PM

I liked, “zany and wacky” better.

You folks just bring out the “Joan Rivers” side of my warped personality.

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Here’s J_Gocht describing our military at 10:07:

…our very best young men and women in the armed services…

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Here’s J_Gocht describing our military at 11:49:

…able bodied fools for the meat grinder…!

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 11:49 AM

You know, I wouldn’t use “zany and wacky” to describe J_Gocht. I think the word “troll” suffices. And I, for one, am not going to waste any more time on him/her.

Mary in LA on August 27, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Mary in LA on August 27, 2008 at 5:20 PM

The first was with reference to those brave and courageous troopers now serving.

The second referred to those who were or were not going to enlist for a chance at a “Hobson’s Choice” in the present despicable war in Iraq; that has served as a “meat grinder” for tens of thousands of our brave men and women to date.

Mary in LA, do you get it now hon…?

J_Gocht on August 27, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Susan Rice is just now on Fox reacting to this McCain aid, and she looks angry.

The Obama campaign would be better served to contain that anger and respond to criticism without the hostile in-your-face belligerence and intimidation.

You’ve just won the democrat party nomination, it’s time to start acting like a presidential campaign and not a street punk organizing a riot.

rockhauler on August 27, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Mark Jaquith on August 27, 2008 at 2:29 PM
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Somehow I did not think we were called the Great Satan for nothing. Or do you propose that if we retreat to our shores that all of a sudden they will make nice?

AnotherOpinion on August 27, 2008 at 10:16 PM

Iran (and all of Islam) hates America because we support Israel. Nuff said.

Mojave Mark on August 28, 2008 at 12:39 AM

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