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McCain: ‘I Know What’s Best For The Security Of This Nation’

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mccainIn a recent interview with GQ magazine, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) proclaimed that he can ignore American public opinion polling on Iraq because he knows “what’s best for the security of this nation:”

GQ: Then how can you support sending the military on a mission that the American people don’t support?

MCCAIN: Because I know what’s best for the security of this nation. And if we don’t show signs of success, the American public will force us to pull out.

Here’s a quick review of McCain’s credentials for “knowing what’s best” for U.S. national security:

– Declared Muqtada al-Sadr’s forces were “not contesting American forces,” just as tens of thousands of Sadr loyalists rallied to oppose the U.S. occupation

– Proclaimed Americans could “walk through” Baghdad neighborhoods, evidencing his stroll through a Baghdad market accompanied by 100 soldiers, 3 Blackhawks, and 2 Apache gunships

– Said Gen. Petraeus rides “almost every day in an unarmored humvee” in Iraq, but later acknowledged “obviously, that’s not the case

– Drew “laughter down the line” from U.S. forces in Iraq over his comments about the effect escalation was having

– Said a “date certain” for withdrawal was the “orderly way” to stop the U.S. campaign in Somalia, but now calls it “surrender” when applied to Iraq

When forced to confront the unpopularity of his Iraq position, McCain told GQ, “I think Americans don’t pay close attention.” He certainly must have to think that in order to publicly claim he knows what’s best for the security of this nation given the record he has.

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Transcript:

GQ: The polls indicate that Americans oppose this plan. Do you believe those polls?
MCCAIN: Sure. Americans are angry and frustrated.

GQ: Then how can you support sending the military on a mission that the American people don’t support?
MCCAIN: Because I know what’s best for the security of this nation. And if we don’t show signs of success, the American public will force us to pull out.

GQ: It seems like the American people tried to force you to pull out, with their votes in the midterm elections.
MCCAIN: I think they were frustrated because we were deploying a bad strategy.

GQ: So you think the message of the midterms was about the strategy and not the war itself?
MCCAIN: No, I think the message of the midterms was that the American people didn’t want any more out-of-control spending and corruption. Lieberman could never have been elected in a state like Connecticut if the message was just about Iraq.

GQ: Okay, that’s fair. But if you’re saying that the American people have a problem with the strategy and not the war, the polls we just talked about indicate that they don’t like the new strategy, either.
MCCAIN: I think Americans don’t pay close attention. They see the crawl across the screen, and they know that we’ve been there a long time, and they’re frustrated.

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