McCain slams Obama on leaks, defense cuts, leading from behind

posted at 9:31 pm on August 29, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

The atmosphere was decidedly more low-key than the packed RNC opening night when the party’s 2008 nominee took the stage early Wednesday to take on the President’s foreign policy.

McCain opened with a characteristically self-deprecating nod to his ’08 loss:

It’s an honor, as always, my fellow Republicans, to join you at our national convention, and add my voice to yours as we nominate the next president of the United States, my friend, Governor Mitt Romney.

I had hopes once of addressing you under different circumstances. But our fellow Americans had another plan four years ago, and I accept their decision.

I’ve been blessed for so long to play a role in our nation’s affairs that I’m conscious only of the debt I owe America, and I thank you for the honor.

He proceeded to give a vigorous defense of American influence and take on Obama in the most specific terms we’ve seen from a podium speaker, hitting him on national security leaks, defense cuts, and “leading from behind” all over the world.

Unfortunately, for four years, we’ve drifted away from our proudest traditions of global leadership – traditions that are truly bipartisan. We’ve let the challenges we face, both at home and abroad, become harder to solve.

We can’t afford to stay on that course any longer.

We can’t afford to cause our friends and allies – from Latin America to Asia, Europe to the Middle East, and especially in Israel, a nation under existential threat – to doubt America’s leadership.

We can’t afford to give governments in Russia and China a veto over how we defend our interests and the progress of our values in the world.

We can’t afford to have the security of our nation and those who bravely defend it endangered because their government leaks the secrets of their heroic operations to the media.

I believe we can’t afford to substitute a political timetable for a military strategy.

By committing to withdraw from Afghanistan before peace can be achieved and sustained, the president has discouraged our friends and emboldened our enemies, which is why our commanders did not recommend that decision and why they have said it puts our mission at greater risk.

We can’t afford another $500 billion in cuts to our defense budget – on top of the nearly $500 billion in cuts that the president is already making. His own secretary of defense has said that cutting our military by nearly $1 trillion would be “devastating.”

And yet, the president is playing no leadership role in preventing this crippling blow to our military.

A wise congressman from Wisconsin has said, “Our fiscal policy and our foreign policy are on a collision course.” And that man is our next vice president, Paul Ryan.

But most of all, we can’t afford to abandon the cause of human freedom. When long-suffering peoples demand liberation from their jailers and torturers and tyrants, the leader of the free world must stand with them.

The line about national security leaks was his biggest applause line.

McCain also criticized Obama for inaction during uprisings in Iran and Syria, saying “the demand for our leadership in the world has never been greater. People don’t want less of America. They want more. Everywhere I go in the world, people tell me they still have faith in America.”

An op-ed in Foreign Policy today echoes his speech.

From the Free Beacon, here’s the leaks segment:


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Gov. Martinez rocks!!!

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I would love to how Tingles call her a racists..

Electrongod on August 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

This is the speaker after Condi…

Electrongod on August 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Cut and Past be Damned….

She Carries????

357Mag???

Dang!!!!!

Electrongod on August 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM

This is a not Condi that said that..

For those that are not watching…

Electrongod on August 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I am impressed by the .357-packing governor. I’m sure someone at NBC fainted after she told us that. They’re still in denial that the Republican party has minority members.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

“We’re Republicans!”

LOL!

22044 on August 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Cindy Munford on August 29, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Hold on there, buckarette. I didn’t give her my approval yet. I only said I heard good things and was looking forward to her speech.

OK, I’m liking this lady. Now you can congratulate her :-)

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

“We’re Republicans!”

LOL!

22044 on August 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

And?????

Electrongod on August 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Where’s the split screen when you need it!!

Cindy Munford on August 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Not trying to throw any water on the excitement, but the Condi speech, which was INCREDIBLE, did not start airing on the big media networks until about 10:05 eastern, when she was al ready about 7 minutes into the speech.

And as for Governor Martinez… her speech is not being aired by ANY of the big 3 right now.

Just sucks!

Indy82 on August 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

44 mag is about all that stops Griz. Heavy, unless you carry a European Man’s Bag

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Not trying to throw any water on the excitement, but the Condi speech, which was INCREDIBLE, did not start airing on the big media networks until about 10:05 eastern, when she was al ready about 7 minutes into the speech.

And as for Governor Martinez… her speech is not being aired by ANY of the big 3 right now.

Just sucks!

Indy82 on August 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Whores for Obama.

Every last one of them.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Buckarette! I LOVE IT! I think that the ticket needed some foreign policy cred and she did the job perfectly. It’s not high on anyone’s list but if the box is left unchecked, the Democrats will exploit it.

Cindy Munford on August 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Martinez is doing a great job. It’s a shame the alphabet networks are bigots.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

And as for Governor Martinez… her speech is not being aired by ANY of the big 3 right now.

Just sucks!

Indy82 on August 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Got to shield people from Mexican Republicans.

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Susana Martinez. Pure boilerplate, thank goodness Mitt passed on this person as V.P.

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

It’s a shame the alphabet networks are bigots.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

You’ve caught on to that.

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Paul!!!!

Electrongod on August 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Cindy Munford on August 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

We got our signals crossed there. You responded to my post about looking forward to Martinez I think with remarks intended about my luke warm review of Condi.

OK, for those keeping score: Condi = B, Martinez = A-.

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

*laughs butt off* Which crack pipe are you smoking? I think I lost count of the number of people who have told me “If I only knew now what I should have known four years ago….”

But hey, it’s your pipe, maaaan.

Turtle317 on August 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM

On who Americans trust more to handle international affairs:

WaPo: Obama 53% – Romney 36%


USA Today/Gallup: Obama 52% – Romney 40%

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/july_2012/voters_split_on_whether_romney_or_obama_would_make_better_foreign_policy_leader

The Republicans have historically trounced Democrats on international affairs, national security, and foreign policy since Reagan. W destroyed that with his nation-building excursion in Iraq, and now voters trust Obama more on the FP issues. Again, I recognize that O’s foreign policy is a disaster. But the Republicans have not led on foreign policy issues in the polls since W left office. To even be running even with the Dems is dismal. Yes, I’m sure you have many friends who recognize O is a ****-up, but America at large seems to favor Obama’s foreign policy, and the polling backs that up.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, maaaaaaan.

Lawdawg86 on August 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Here we go. Buckle up.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

The man is up.

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Paul Ryan accepting the nom! This is a real tingles moment.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

He’s happy and relaxed.

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

From runaround to turnaround.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:29 PM

i’ve never seen opponents so quiet about their records …

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Fear and division is all they’ve got left.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Whooooo hoooo! Great looking family!

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM

And?????

Electrongod on August 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Liberals don’t like to admit to the fact, much less advertise it.

This is very strange to them.

BigWyo on August 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Paul is very calm. It is surreal. As if he has waited his whole life for this moment. Very stunning.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM

but America at large seems to favor Obama’s foreign policy, and the polling backs that up.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, maaaaaaan.

Lawdawg86 on August 29, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Of the first two polls, correct me puh-leez if I’m wrong but, what were those D-plus samples look like? I can always ask, Ed. I think he’s a little better at the crosstabs than you or I…

Rasmussen is certainly a poll I would trust, but the difference looks to be like it is well within MOE at a glance, but like you say…

…the pipe smoke may be making my eyes a bit hazy, maaaaan….

Turtle317 on August 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Let’s get this done ..

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Scott Walker looks a bit misty.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM

The recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight …

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

His presentation is impressive.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM

The man is cool as a cucumber. He never gets flustered. It’s a real pleasure to see such rational and steady candidates on our ticket.

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

By committing to withdraw from Afghanistan before peace can be achieved and sustained, the president has discouraged our friends and emboldened our enemies

We have been in Afcrapistan for over 10 years now, Juan McMoron, and that’s about 10 years too long for the insane goal of winning among the most evil of Muslim hearts and the most primitive of Muslim minds.

which is why our commanders did not recommend that decision and why they have said it puts our mission at greater risk.

“Our” mission in Afcrapistan is a madness called The Trillion Dollar Bridge To Nowhere which makes Jerry Brown’s Hundred Billion Dollar Bridge To Somewhere Or Another seem like shear genius by contrast. As to “our” commanders, George Patton would kick them all into Kingdom Come.

The building formally known as the Pentagon has become a G-d damned whore house of servicing Muslims. The Perfumed Pimps there masquerading as Generals have no regard for America and it’s Constitution or their own troops and they are all out sons-of-#itches, traitors, and chronic dhimmis!

VorDaj on August 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM

One-party rule.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Where’s the GM Janesville now, libs?

Huh?

What’s that? Speak up. We can’t hear you.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Borrowed, spent and wasted.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Whoa! Ryan is hitting on crony capitalism.

Way to go.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

VorDaj on August 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Harsh, but I can’t disagree.

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Got to shield people from Mexican Republicans.

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

In Case you don’t know it Whipped Bitter Mule SteavAngell), People of Spanish descent in New Mexico are traditionally conservative. La Raza and the like speak for “Latins” in New Mexico about as much as AARP speaks for seniors.

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

‘Borrowed, spent and wasted’…

Perfect.

BoooYA!!

BigWyo on August 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Are those Code Pink idiots?

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Listening to Paul Ryan, I fully understand why Obama hates him.

Ryan speaks truth to the failure that is Obama.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare. True.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Is anybody watching the alphabets?

Have they all committed suicide yet?

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I love his delivery. Forceful without being angry. Laying out the truth with eloquence without going for the easy red meat applause. Calm determination.

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Now that was good.

“Like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind”.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 10:43 PM

We have suffered no shortage of words in the White House, what is missing is LEADERSHIP in the White House.

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Have they all committed suicide yet?

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I hope not. I want some accountability from our Fifth Column Treasonous Media. I want to see them go bankrupt after everyone gets tired of watching them lie all these years about their messiah, Obama.

Turtle317 on August 29, 2012 at 10:45 PM

One president, one term, five trillion new debt.

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:45 PM

By the way, Latino in Spanish means they are descendents of the Roman Empire. Meaning, with respect to Spain they are of the Germanic tribes, such as the Vandals that ventured into the Iberian Space.

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Really simple: “We need to stop money we do not have.”

TeamObama reply: Raaaaaaaacist!!!

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM

McCain slams Obama

He should have done more of that four years ago.

rukiddingme on August 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Is Obama’s Mom his role model? Or is it someone like Mao, or Stalin. I think all three are equally bad.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I blame McCain for Obama.
Fight with me? Baaaah.
It’s your fault. Go away.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

YES!! You DID build that!!!!!!

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

All we hear from Obama are attacks against anyone who dares to point out the obvious.

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Frank Marshall Davis

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Limit Government, not private economic growth.

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM

America IS freedom.

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

A touching tribute to his Mom.

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Frank Marshall Davis

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Marx.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Frank Marshall Davis

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Thanks. Just as bad.

I didn’t read Obama’s book. Never will.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Always thought that Frank Marshall Davis was a handsome man. Obama has his nose.

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM

a government-planned where everything is free, but us …

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Screw the central planners …

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I sure hope that Mitt will be this good tomorrow!

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM

AC/DC ROCKS!!!! Sorry… lost a wee bit of control there…..

Turtle317 on August 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Good speech by Ryan.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM

We .. are .. INDIVDUALS. We protect our own. And we do not need government to instruct us in our moral responsibilities. WE .. CAN .. DO .. THIS.

Amen.

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Marx.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I don’t think Obama likes Germans anymore.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Longwinded closing prayer notwithstanding, a less-than-stellar evening saved by the honesty and straightforward PUNCH of Paul Ryan.

minnesoter on August 29, 2012 at 11:11 PM

John McCain is a well-meaning man, not an intellectual and would lead the world to hell with his naivete and willingness to dismiss the omnipresent evil within this world.

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 11:12 PM

The building formally known as the Pentagon has become a G-d damned whore house of servicing Muslims. The Perfumed Pimps there masquerading as Generals have no regard for America and it’s Constitution or their own troops and they are all out sons-of-#itches, traitors, and chronic dhimmis!

VorDaj on August 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Indeed.

We lost the war when Bush said “Islam is a religion of Peace”. It has always been a religion of war and conquest. If they are not waring with someone it only because they are biding their time and preparing for war. They persue their war in many different ways. Many persue it by lying to their enemies that they have nothing to fear.

War should never include protecting civilians. If there are civilians it is not a war it is a police action and that can never be won. In war civilians are the primary target. Object is to put them through so much hell they force a surrender.

Steveangell on August 29, 2012 at 11:16 PM

McCain is a Deutsch bag. Oh wait, I just called him German. I meant the other thing.

Kevin M on August 29, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Get our troops out of that hell hole. They ate Alexander and the British. They lack resources, other than some copper, and minor gold. The problem is, a pipeline connecting the now developing oil fields on the Caspian Sea will need to go through Aghanistan to find the consumers in India.

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM

McCain is far from perfect, but America would be better off if we had elected him in 2008. He’s right about Obama’s shortcomings on national security.

J.E. Dyer on August 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM

McCain is far from perfect, but America would be better off if we had elected him in 2008. He’s right about Obama’s shortcomings on national security.

J.E. Dyer on August 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM

The Hanoi Hotel broke McCain’s spirit. He should let his ego rest. He would be “talking” with the Iranians, rather than taking away their toys and making them shave, both of which diminishes their power.

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM

The Hanoi Hotel broke McCain’s spirit. He should let his ego rest. He would be “talking” with the Iranians, rather than taking away their toys and making them shave, both of which diminishes their power.

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Could not be that. He assured us torture never works.

I have total respect for this man. He served and paid the ultimate price 7 years in a hell hole in Hanoi being tortured whenever he would not talk. But the torture worked quite well on him. But I do not blame him for not wanting anyone else to have to go through what he did. I wish there were a way to make that happen but there is not. Torture works and should be in the cards in drastic situations. We are great because we did what it took to win WW1 and WW2. We are not forgetting what was done to us. We are buying into war terms that will seal our fate as a nation and destroy us.

Steveangell on August 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM

And as for Governor Martinez… her speech is not being aired by ANY of the big 3 right now.

Indy82 on August 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

This is unconscionable. How about boycotting their advertisers? It worked for Rush after the Fluke fluke. An advertiser who dropped him lost money after Rush’s listeners stopped buying the product.

EL on August 30, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Look. McCain is a good guy in a way, but he should get over the limelite. None of his comrades in the Hilton want publicity and the Chief Admiral NM(?) never uttered a word since. The man loves the limelight. Ok, many who suffered more them him keep thir mouth shut. McCain, intellectually has nothing to contribute. Only his daughter does.

kenny on August 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Steveangell on August 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Nobody won WW1. The Verailles treaty was unfair and caused justified resentment among the Germans. The French were trying to get even for the Franco-Prussian War of 1878, in which they were humiliated by the Prussians. The Alsace-Lorainne inhabitants of the time sided with the Germans, even though many were half German and half French.

kenny on August 30, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Shaving a man’s beard to Moslems is to take away their “manhood” and dominance. It is similar to cutting the hair of an Amerindian. It decreases their spiritual. Bagpipe and Kilt the same.

kenny on August 30, 2012 at 12:42 AM

McCain slams Obama on leaks, defense cuts, leading from behind

John McCain politically attacking a Democrat? His attacks are usually reserved solely for Republicans.

And beside that, the old fool is four years too late.

RJL on August 30, 2012 at 12:59 AM

I will never see McCain as anything other than Ho Chi Minh with round eyes.

Liam on August 30, 2012 at 1:33 AM

…thank you for your service John…now please…please please go away!

KOOLAID2 on August 30, 2012 at 2:42 AM

…McCain, intellectually has nothing to contribute. Only his daughter does.

kenny on August 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Please tell me you just forgot your sarc tag.

captn2fat on August 30, 2012 at 3:45 AM

Shut up, John, and go home. I think 6 terms in the Senate is quite enough, you doddering old fool and war hawk. Go somewhere and dream up the next American exposition into a third world country that will drain our bank accounts, then keep it to yourself.

libertarianlunatic on August 30, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Strange that the RNC would give McLame speaking time since a lot of us blame him for the last 4 years after running such a lousy campaign. Rush mentioned that he thinks McLame was satisfied with the nomination and that was his glory moment. I think his moment was introducing us to SP. Too bad the networks covered him instead of Martinez. Oh, well, I really enjoyed the reruns.

Kissmygrits on August 30, 2012 at 10:07 AM

They lack resources, other than some copper, and minor gold.

kenny on August 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

I think this explains why the U.S is still in Afghanistan.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/7826782/US-discovers-1-trillion-in-untapped-mineral-deposits-in-Afghanistan.html

mags on August 30, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Moderate Mike and the rest of you wussies that believe as he does, the economy also includes national security; where in the hell do you think the our energy comes from? Even if we being drilling on every inch of the earth, it will still take five to seven years to see any real progress. The cost of freedom is eternal vigilance.

georgeofthedesert on August 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

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