The second half is rhetoric on Iraq, all of which is familiar but worth listening to as a reminder that the caricatures in this debate go both ways. No, not every leftist is an appeaser, but alas my tears of sympathy won’t flow until they stop trying to paint McCain — McCain, of all people, who spent five years in a cage — as a crazed hawk with a rage-on for invasion. The first half is the money bit, responding to the Messiah’s nuanced assertions earlier today about why it’s bad to talk to terrorists but perfectly understandable to talk to arch-terrorists. The takeaway: “[T]he American people have every reason to doubt whether he has the strength, judgment and determination to keep us safe.”