Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Determined to Strike Already Struck in US
But that's the thing. On 9/11, al-Qaeda's destructive capacity was made visceral in what was a deeply traumatic episode. Yet, a mere month later John McCain was busy trying to convince people to invade...Iraq. A country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and no connection to al-Qaeda. An undertaking that would divert valuable and limited assets from the actual pursuit of al-Qaeda - the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the guy that no American could rightly doubt was every bit as bad as depicted.Here's some video of McCain's post-9/11 non-wake up call (via Juan Cole). Barack Obama should make a bigger point of the "morning after" nature of McCain's Iraq war cheerleading. It wasn't just that McCain advocated shifting away from the hunt for al-Qaeda in the fall of 2002 or winter of 2003 when the Iraq invasion was n the final preparation stages. McCain started beating that drum while ground zero embers were still smoldering.