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April 12, 2007

McCain Backs War Effort

From NYT Blogtalk:

Senator John McCain of Arizona participated in a conference call with conservative bloggers soon after delivering a speech on Iraq. The bloggers who posted after the call seemed impressed with the Senator’s “blunt” talk. (Many in the conservative camp have lost or never had exuberant confidence in Mr. McCain’s candidacy.)

Well, First what does A Voice of Reason say, and the hell with these pretenders.  McCain’s speech was genuine, and it matches his personality.  McCain has many admirable traits, and among them is that he is not a knee jerk “Yes Man”.  While McCain has been very critical of the handling of the war, and rightly so it would seem, he has always been in support of the importance of the mission, and has not used his differences to score political points.  The Surge is in many ways McCain’s way of fighting the war, via counterinsurgency.  One can only hope that Democrats, who he RIGHTLY blasted will not be able to end the surge before it really starts.  They already have put roadblocks in the way, as the DNC is linked inexorably to the failure of the Surge and all Iraq success.

Seth Joyner at Outside the Beltway said while there was very little new ground covered in the conference, “what strikes me is that McCain is, at least in these fora, quite candid and resigned to the realities of the situation. He’s under no illusion that turning around the public skepticism about the war is going to be easy and he thinks part of the problem is that the administration has oversold successes and undersold the problems for so long.”

John at Powerline Blog also described the conference call as “blunt and candid.”

“McCain, talking about the war, is deeply impressive … While [he] lays out the evidence that the surge is showing signs of progress, he is careful not to over-sell a ‘rosy scenario.’ He is harshly critical of the Bush administration’s handling of the war from 2003 until the recent change in strategy, not least because it failed to acknowledge the true scope of the difficulties we faced in Iraq.”

The senator, the site said, was “Churchillian in his recitation of the dangers we face and the difficulty of the task ahead.”

Ed Morrissey at Captain’s Quarters said Mr. McCain, “speaking as bluntly as I have heard in some time, … acknowledged the credibility deficit of the Pentagon and White House on the war … saying that ‘too often, we misled the American people in the past about dead enders, mission accomplished, and so on.’”

Mr. Morrissey said that Mr. McCain blamed former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld “for shrinking the military and using too light of a footprint in post-invasion Iraq.”

Mr. McCain, Mr. Morrissey concluded, “does well in this format … speaks with a disarming humility that might surprise some and … should try to do more of these in the future.”



  1. Thanks for the link. My name’s James, though, not Seth.

    Comment by James Joyner — April 12, 2007 @ 12:41 am | Reply

  2. ah well blunt is good for a change now isnt it~! 🙂

    Comment by Angel — April 12, 2007 @ 3:33 am | Reply

  3. Sorry, I can’t help restrain from romanticism: I love the “Churchillian” corollary.

    Separately, for those who want to voice concerns on media bias and John McCain’s campaign, check out my April 11 blog entry about Dante at CSMonitor.com or the April 10 edition of the paper. He’s looking for bloggers to comment on the media influence.

    Comment by lorraine — April 12, 2007 @ 5:17 am | Reply

  4. It was a very good and important speech. I’ve always had the highest regard for Sen. McCain, and today raised that.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 12, 2007 @ 5:43 am | Reply

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