John McCain: Man of Judgment!

In light of the suicide today of US Army scientist Bruce E. Ivins, the eccentric kook about to be charged with initiating the anthrax-spore mailings targeting liberal politicians and members of the media such as Tom Brokaw, that killed five people and sickened 17 others, let’s take a little stroll down memory lane and see what Johnny Mac had to say at the time, shall we:

Letterman: How are things going in Afghanistan now?

McCain: I think we’re doing fine …. I think we’ll do fine. The second phase — if I could just make one, very quickly — the second phase is Iraq. There is some indication, and I don’t have the conclusions, but some of this anthrax may – and I emphasize may – have come from Iraq.

Letterman: Oh is that right?

McCain: If that should be the case, that’s when some tough decisions are gonna have to be made.

As Glenn Greenwald notes:

It was really the anthrax letters — with the first one sent on September 18, just one week after 9/11 — that severely ratcheted up the fear levels and created the climate that would dominate in this country for the next several years after. It was anthrax — sent directly into the heart of the country’s elite political and media institutions, to then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt), NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, and other leading media outlets — that created the impression that social order itself was genuinely threatened by Islamic radicalism.

So what the hell good was all of John McCain’s vaunted “experience” and purportedly superior “judgment” about matters of war and foreign policy given that he not only boldly predicted complete victory in Afghanistan back in 2001 with no apparent regard for the “generational conflict” and multi-billion dollar “nation-building” exercise to come, but also glibly cast Iraq as being the “second phase” of that effort and recklessly made premature speculations that helped contribute to the Bush administration’s fear-mongering surrounding the anthrax scare that formed part of the groundwork for the subsequent invasion?

8 Replies to “John McCain: Man of Judgment!”

  1. Wow. That was astonishing.

    ‘Maybe they can go back to selling camels’?

    Superior judgement and foreign policy experience? No. Experienced in stewing in a failed ideology? I’d say so.

    The to and fro we saw this week is a clear indication that the McCain team is sinking fast and if historical tape is going to reinforce that, he’s done.

  2. McCain, the only silver lining in him becoming President, is that Comedians will be able to continue making a decent living in the United States.

    “One of the things I would do if I were President would be to sit the Shiites and the Sunnis down and say, ‘Stop the bullshit,”
    -Senator John McCain
    5/29/06, New York Observer

  3. Am I to understand that the Anthrax originated from a military installation, the same military installation that implied a link to Saddam Hussein, an implication the American “news” media disseminated and amplified widely and that the prime suspect in this intrigue has just committed suicide?

  4. So invading Iraq *didn’t* protect Americans from anthrax? Wow…. Oh well, they are there now and have to stay as long as it takes to “finish the job”….

    And here I thought they invaded Iraq to get rid of Iraq’s nuclear weapons.. or no, that was gas weapons… no now I remember it was biological laboratories… err or was it to bring freedom and democracy to the region? I can never keep these things straight… 🙂

    Regardless, they *are* there now and have to stick around to “finish the job”… regardless, it seems, of what the “job” may have been or may be now… or may be in the future [should the justification for the invasion have to change once again.]

  5. Imagine. The anthrax scare was every bit as phony as the “imminent threat” posed by “WMDs”… Who could have guessed? Oh, right. EVERYONE WHO WASN’T A COMPLETE FUCKING MORON!!! Yes, that would include thee and me and a few hundred thousand liberal bloggers. Ah, but so what? Hey, it’s the past… gotta let it go. So a few hundred thousand ragheads got toasted and 4,000 soldiers were killed and 30,000 more were wounded… and it cost a TRILLION FUCKING DOLLARS and it will continue to cost untold BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS of dollars in long term care for the severely wounded and traumatized combat veterans for the next 30-50 years. But hey — purple fingers, man… purple fingers. Hoo-ah!

  6. Purple fingers… and oil contracts and Blackwater providing security and KBR building and maintaining the bases [those bases that don’t count for whether or not the US has “withdrawn…”] etc. Yeah some people died, but some people made a LOT of money off of this and will continue to do so for decades to come.

    But hey, “Freedom is messy” or so says Don Rumsfield…. gahk

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