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First, I would like to send get well wishes to Senator Kennedy and his family.  Speaking as a cancer survivor, I know he has a difficult road ahead and I wish him the best.  

Secondly, and less importantly, as the Democratic presidential primaries slowly draw to a close we need to start focusing more of our attention on Senator McCain.  Last week there was pretty much a watershed day in the clarity of the danger of allowing Senator John McCain to become President John S. McCain.  From his bully pulpit as the presumptive Republican nominee Senator McCain predicted that the war would be over by 2013 (funny how that coincides with the end of his first term) and that our troops would be home.  He and his talking aides conjured up the mother of all campaign promises with this promise to be out of Iraq.  He of course, denied that he was talking about timetables (link):

"It's not a timetable; it's victory. It's victory, which I have always predicted. I didn't know when we were going to win World War II; I just knew we were going to win," McCain said.

In the primary campaign, McCain had criticized former Republican rival Mitt Romney for hinting at a timetable. (link) He repeatedly talked about how bad timetables are (link, link) and falsely claimed that most Americans were against timetables. (link)

Hey Senator, here are the real questions: Just what will this victory in Iraq look like?  Since we seem to caught in a three way ethnic religious civil war of our making.... just how do we achieve victory?  How do we arrive at a point where these vague generalities are true? (link)

By January 2013, ``Iraq is a functioning democracy, although still suffering from the lingering effects of decades of tyranny and centuries of sectarian tension,'' the Arizona senator said. ``Violence still occurs, but it is spasmodic and much reduced. Civil war has been prevented.''

And, Senator McCain, since you refuse to fund a GI Bill that will start to properly compensate our troops and their families (more on that here), just where are the new fighting forces that are necessary to rebuild our broken armed forces going to come from, especially when all the soldiers who have been subjected to stop-loss finish their tours?  (link) You and the rest of the NEOCON cabal believe that you can throw out words like "victory" and "World War II" and "patriotism" and that the rest of us will buy your spin.  The only way to achieve the so called victory that you envision is to kill every Iraqi left standing because none of them want us occupying their country.  Well not "none"... perhaps the corrupt government officials whose salaries we pay and the corrupt oil executives who saw 74 billion in profit in Iraq alone while our government is buying their gas at over $3.50 a gallon. We want America back and they want Iraq back.  And you stand between both of our goals.  
Senator McCain, how can you stand in front of the American people and yet again try redefine the concept of victory in a conflict that has already morphed at least four times from weapons of mass destruction to capturing Saddam, to building a democracy, to creating a functioning Nation in the model of the United States?  Your words are cemented in the failures of your predecessors whose policies you seek to perpetuate. If there were no other issues on the table, no terrible failing economy, no attack on the values of the Constitution, no decimation of the Federal government, no assault on the middle class, no presumption of executive power - if there was nothing else to motivate a voter - your seriously flawed view of Iraq should be enough to convince each and every America that yet another two trillion dollars is out of the question for this war.
According to the Associate Press (link), the Vietnam veteran added: "I know from experience, you set a day for surrender - which is basically what you do when you say you are withdrawing - and you will pay a much a heavier price later on."   I ask you, Senator McCain, who flew to Vietnam to proclaim the need to open Diplomatic relations with the Communist Government of Vietnam?  And who voted for the Vietnam Free Trade Agreement?  Just what heavier price are you referring to?  On one hand you try to conjure up images of failure in Vietnam because we left Vietnam to the Vietnamese, and yet on the other hand you celebrate with the same government that tortured you by sending living wage jobs to Hanoi.  What will it be Senator?  If you know from experience that leaving Vietnam was wrong then why did you return there to open a jobs-give-away program with them?  
How many sides of your mouth can you talk out of at the same time?  Don’t you dare justify your mistakes in Iraq by the mistakes in Vietnam.  If there was anything to learn from 50 thousand American Dead and hundreds of thousands wounded it's that we should have never committed to a war in South East Asia.   Even the leadership in the White House and Pentagon at the time knew that there was no possibility of Victory.  Before you commit to the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of more Americans and goodness only knows how many Iraqis, I would ask that you sit a spell with former Secretary of Defense McNamara who has now confessed that he knew there was no "victory" in Vietnam – and that he knew it in 1968.  To needlessly commit American combat power in a war of attrition and occupation is the ultimate act of arrogance and ignorance.

But then again, if you would stop being so self-determined and actually talk to the very people you would like to bomb, perhaps you would see what the rest of the world sees - the policy of attrition in Iraq can never be successful.  We now have all the reasons in the world to ensure that we have a veto-proof majority in the House because if you are successful in "fooling some of the people some of the tijme" the only thing left to save America will be a veto-proof majority in the Congress.

Senator McCain, you can help me get there - just keep on talking your talk.

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Originally posted to Eric Massa on Tue May 20, 2008 at 05:05 PM PDT.

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  •  Bravo, Eric (17+ / 0-)

    Just a suggestion:  sign on to HR 676 when you get to Washington, and get the bill named the Ted Kennedy National Health Plan Act.  

    Ted has fought for health care for all harder than anything else over his career.  It would do the old lion proud to have his name on this bill, and might help pick up support.

    Kick Randy Kuhl's butt all the way past K Street into the Potomac this November, man!

    Hanoi didn't break John McCain, but Washington did.

    by Dallasdoc on Tue May 20, 2008 at 05:09:54 PM PDT

    •  Great idea! (3+ / 0-)
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      And great diary! I especially liked this:
      "How many sides of your mouth can you talk out of at the same time?"

      John W. McBush has more sides to talk out ofthan any human being alive. Every policy or position that comes out of his mouth is worse than the last -- or contradicts the last.

      America does not need this man.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Tue May 20, 2008 at 05:15:46 PM PDT

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      •  One question I think Eric missed (4+ / 0-)
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        Sen. McCain, how do you propose to secure the peace in Iraq without negotiating with its most important neighbor, which has vital interests in seeing that country stable?  

        Hanoi didn't break John McCain, but Washington did.

        by Dallasdoc on Tue May 20, 2008 at 05:17:25 PM PDT

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        •  It's hard to remember everything (3+ / 0-)
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          when that tinkly music starts to play and the rainbows sweep over the sky and all the little animals and singing and dancing in the forest and everybody's happy happy just like a Disney film -- because that's about the level of reality John W. McBush's "vision" has.

          We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

          by anastasia p on Tue May 20, 2008 at 05:21:59 PM PDT

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    •  Just the sort of thing I was thinking, Dallasdoc! (2+ / 0-)
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      ...the White House will be adorned by a downright moron...H.L. Mencken

      by bibble on Tue May 20, 2008 at 05:34:40 PM PDT

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    •  Fantastic idea! Seconded! n/t. (1+ / 0-)
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      "It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion." Oscar Wilde, 1891

      by MichiganGirl on Tue May 20, 2008 at 06:11:30 PM PDT

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  •  Eric, I can't wait to see you in Congress (5+ / 0-)

    once you defeat Randy Kuhl this time around.  

    I chipped in what I could to your campaign, and am thrilled to see you holding both Kuhl and McCain accountable for their records and statements.

    Imagine if the government took David's sling away and gave it to Goliath. Now you understand tort reform.

    by bosdcla14 on Tue May 20, 2008 at 05:12:42 PM PDT

  •  Time to go after the other Republicans who will (2+ / 0-)
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    ... be pretending they never heard of Bush the last 4 years, also.

  •  re your title: Seriously. (1+ / 0-)
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    Good luck with your campaign. I'm rooting for ya!

  •  We have to nail McBush on the economy, (0+ / 0-)

    if it can still be called an "economy" after the debacles of the past year (at least).  The was is an issue, but we have to remember that most Americans don't give a shit about the war as long as there is no draft.  

    We also must be ready for the morning, soon to come, when we all wake up to the news that U.S. warplanes have struck "strategic" targets in Iraq.  I goddamn guarantee that McBush will whip up war fear/frenzy to delegitimize Obama and push Americans to Papa "War Hero" McCain.  This, coupled with the Islamic smears against Obama, will be McBush's main strategy for the general.

    •  I wouldn't wish that on Iran but (0+ / 0-)
      the blowback would be so instantaneous and awful that McBush might as well suspend his campaign. Any attack on Iran will guarantee us a Democratic president.

      I'm so furious at the way our local alleged "news" paper is spinning McBush's economic positions like they are rational and good thing for Ohio's ravaged economy. I predicted months ago they would turn into a campaign newsletter for McBush and they have. Why we call it the "Plainly Republican" (Plain Dealer)

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Tue May 20, 2008 at 05:24:17 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not so sure of that. (0+ / 0-)

        Never underestimate the ability of many Americans to panic and become uber-nationalistic when bombs fall.

        •  But the bombs won't be falling on us (0+ / 0-)
          The hatred will. And Americans are fed up. They don't want another war and we don't have the resources to handle another war and Iran is bigger and more populous and more stable and better armed than Iraq. It would be a disaster. What if Iran retaliated by wiping out a few hundred or a few thousand of our soldiers in Iraq? Bush would be shitting his pants, and McBush would probably run for cover.

          We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

          by anastasia p on Tue May 20, 2008 at 06:02:17 PM PDT

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  •  Way to go, Eric! (0+ / 0-)

    When I get through that pile on my desk I'll find the form and send out a check.

    Beat Kuhl down. Duct tape, glue, staple, and weld him to Bush and then just execute the oh so well-deserved beat-down.



    "...this nation is more than the sum of its parts ..." Barack Obama-18 March,2008

    by Inventor on Tue May 20, 2008 at 05:15:53 PM PDT

  •  Go Eric - keep it coming (1+ / 0-)
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    $50.00 just sent your way.

  •  I'm glad I'm on your side (1+ / 0-)
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    Because you just left your opponent in pieces. I only wish you were running in my state. Best of luck to you, Eric Massa.

    Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction -- Pascal

    by RJDixon74135 on Tue May 20, 2008 at 05:23:29 PM PDT

  •  In my opinion (0+ / 0-)

    McCain should be targeted in full-page ads (a la "Betray-us") with items like :

    McCain Flip.............. McCain Flop

    1. .......................................
    1. ......................................

    What McCain Said        What the truth is

    1. ......................................
    1. ......................................

    And all those who want to vote against McCain should incessantly keep making references to "The Doubletalk Express".  They should do this day in and day out.   This is the kind of tactic that makes the regressives so successful (see how all of them scornfully refer to the "liberals", while we are all divided between "Republicans", "conservatives" etc. etc. why not call them "regressives" day in and day out?)

  •  let's see: McCain is 71 and WWII finished in '45 (4+ / 0-)

    so he would have been, what? 8 years old when it ended and 4 when it started?  

    "I didn't know when we were going to win World War II; I just knew we were going to win," McCain said.


    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you can succeed." -Nancy Pelosi, 6/29/07.

    by nailbender on Tue May 20, 2008 at 05:28:03 PM PDT

  •  Tomorrow. (2+ / 0-)
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    Please post a diary about this tomorrow.  Or maybe even Thursday after the dust settles around the results today.  What you are talking about is incredibly important, but people don't prioritize the way around here the way they used to.  Sadly, you'll probably have to put Obama in the title to have a chance of getting they kind of attention this diary deserves.

  •  Rep-to-be Massa, I'm so glad you're running (2+ / 0-)
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    navajo, 5x5

    again. I don't live anywhere near your district so I can't vote for you unfortunately, but I absolutely fell in love with you during the last campaign and I think you are exactly the type of person we progressives should be sending to Washington.

    Thanks also for taking a swing at McCain. The more the better. It's going to take a lot to break through the mainstream media idea that he's moderate & a maverick.

  •  And he can't speak w/o a teleprompter ... (0+ / 0-)

    and doesn't do that well.  The debates will prove the stark contrast and by the time they roll around he will be very tired. His "hero" status will not be enough to make up for his deficits.

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