One continues to be baffled by the extent to which John McCain’s national security messaging relies on denying obvious facts. Yesterday he was upset that Barack Obama said Iran was much smaller than the Soviet Union. Today he wants us to believe that Iraq is a “peaceful and stable country” even though over seventy people have died in suicide bombings this month alone. That countries in which dozens of people are killed in suicide bombings on a weekly basis doesn’t qualify as “peaceful” seems obvious.
I’m sure it’s inappropriate to accuse a former P.O.W. of misstating elementary facts, but it’s difficult to outline sound forward-looking Iraq policy when you not only don’t know this stuff but are so proud of your mastery of national security that you don’t bother to look anything up even though you keep making embarrassing errors.