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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

McCain Fails McCain’s Commander-in-Chief Test

By: Jon Perr, C&L

Over the past few days, John McCain has launched an all-out war against Barack Obama’s fitness to be commander-in-chief. In Denver on Friday, McCain claimed that in supporting the January 2007 surge in Iraq, he passed “a real-time test for a future commander-in-chief” his Democratic rival supposedly failed. That same day, McCain insisted to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “I know how to win wars.” And on ABC This Week on Sunday, McCain ridiculed over and over Barack Obama’s “total lack of understanding” of the realities - and stakes - in Iraq.

As McCain put it in his address to the American GI Forum Friday, Barack Obama failed the John McCain commander-in-chief test:

“Senator Obama and I also faced a decision, which amounted to a real-time test for a future commander-in-chief. America passed that test. I believe my judgment passed that test. And I believe Senator Obama’s failed.”

Sadly, when it comes to the war in Iraq, it is the Arizona Republican who failed his own commander-in-chief exam. At almost every turn in the run-up to the invasion and the ensuing American occupation, McCain’s judgment was almost always wrong, often disastrously so. From his predictions of a short war, claims U.S. troops would be greeted as liberators and that the U.S. would find weapons of mass destruction to his announcements of mission accomplished, his ongoing confusion over friend and foe in Iraq and so much more, John McCain the would-be wartime president gets failing marks.

That F grade is not, as McCain insists, a “job for the historians.” As his past statements show, American voters can reach that conclusion right now.

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