Thursday, April 03, 2008

Krauthammer: Obama’s “100 Year Lie”

Many of you may already have read Charles Krauthammer’s column on Sen. Barack Obama’s misrepresentation of what Sen. John McCain said about Iraq and “Make it a hundred.” I didn’t see the column until today.

I just want to post some extracts from Krauthammer’s column and then make a few comments below the star line.

Krauthammer begins:

Asked at a New Hampshire campaign stop about possibly staying in Iraq 50 years, John McCain interrupted -- "Make it a hundred" -- then offered a precise analogy to what he envisioned: "We've been in Japan for 60 years. We've been in South Korea for 50 years or so."

Lest anyone think he was talking about prolonged war-fighting rather than maintaining a presence in postwar Iraq, he explained: "That would be fine with me, as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed."

And lest anyone persist in thinking he was talking about war-fighting, he told his questioner: "It's fine with me and I hope it would be fine with you if we maintained a presence in a very volatile part of the world."

There is another analogy to the kind of benign and strategically advantageous "presence" McCain was suggesting for postwar Iraq: Kuwait. The U.S. (with allies) occupied Kuwait in 1991 and has remained there with a major military presence for 17 years. We debate dozens of foreign policy issues in this country.

I've yet to hear any serious person of either party call for a pullout from Kuwait.
Why? Because our presence projects power and provides stability for the entire Gulf and for vulnerable U.S. allies that line its shores.

The desirability of a similar presence in Iraq was obvious as long as five years ago to retired Gen. Merrill McPeak, one of Barack Obama's leading military advisers and his campaign co-chairman. During the first week of the Iraq War, McPeak (a war critic) suggested in an interview that "we'll be there a century, hopefully. If it works right." (Meaning, if we win.)

Why is that a hopeful outcome? Because maintaining a U.S. military presence in Iraq would provide regional stability, as well as cement a long-term allied relationship with the most important Arab country in the region. …

But a serious argument [about that and related matters] is not what Democrats are seeking. They want the killer sound bite, the silver bullet to take down McCain.

According to Politico, they have found it: "Dems to hammer McCain for '100 years.'"

The device? Charge that McCain is calling for a hundred years of war. Hence:

-- "He (McCain) says that he is willing to send our troops into another 100 years of war in Iraq" (Barack Obama, Feb. 19).

-- "We are bogged down in a war that John McCain now suggests might go on for another 100 years" (Obama, Feb. 26).

-- "He's (McCain) willing to keep this war going for 100 years" (Hillary Clinton, March 17).

-- "What date between now and the election in November will he (McCain) drop this promise of a 100-year war in Iraq?" (Chris Matthews, March 4).

Why, even a CNN anchor (Rick Sanchez) buys it: "John McCain is telling us ... that we need to win even if it takes 100 years" (March 16).

As Lenin is said to have said: "A lie told often enough becomes truth." And as this lie passes into truth, the Democrats are ready to deploy it "as the linchpin of an effort to turn McCain's national security credentials against him," reports David Paul Kuhn of Politico. …

The Annenberg Political Fact Check, a nonprofit and nonpartisan project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, says: "It's a rank falsehood for the DNC to accuse McCain of wanting to wage 'endless war' based on his support for a presence in Iraq something like the U.S. role in South Korea."

The Democrats are undeterred. "It's seldom you get such a clean shot," a senior Obama adviser told Politico.

It's seldom that you see such a dirty lie.

Krauthammer’s entire column is here.


Horray for Charles Krauthammer!

Message to Obama: There’s at least one MSM pundit who’s willing to call you a liar when you lie. If you don't stop, more will follow.

Folks, “lie” is a charge thrown around often in politics when it really doesn’t fit.

But in this case I can’t think of a better word for what Obama’s been doing.

His “100 year” lie is not simply a falsehood; it’s a lie because it’s a deliberate falsehood.

We often hear the kind of bald-face lying Obama’s engaging in during the closing days of a campaign. But the presidential election is still seven months away.

So why’s Obama resorting to the “100 year” lie now?

All I can think of is either he’s got a Pinocchio problem or his internal polling is telling him he’s fading relative to McCain.

What do you think?

I’ll say more about all this soon.


Anonymous said...

He is just another typical politician. All this rhetoric about "hope and change" is nothing more than saying whatever he feels he needs to say to get elected. I read the article by Coulter recommended on another thread, excerpts from his autobiography. Scary stuff.

Anonymous said...

John: I visit your blog several times each day and I must say that you have become one of the best. Lots of time and effort I am sure, but informative reading. I hope you continue. Steve in New Mexico

Anonymous said...

John -

I've seen the Krauthammer piece already, but this is just one more in a pattern of "fibs" by Obama. There was another one reported by Michael Gaynor in his March 31 and that one's a real whopper. But of course the MSM, being peopled by folks who want Obama to win, will not report what Michael Gaynor reported, and when do they report about the 100 year comment, I expect they will do so without the qualifications McCain put on it.

Best - Jack in Silver Spring

Anonymous said...

Nobody quite like "The Hammer".