Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Compare and contrast.

Here's what a real politician should be behaving like during a frightening economic crisis.

Here's another dishonest and dishonorable ad from the McCain team.

And here's FactCheck.Org's reading of this latest McCain lie.

A McCain-Palin ad calls Obama "dishonorable," while distorting his words and votes on troop funding.

It accuses him of saying "our troops in Afghanistan" are just bombing villages and killing civilians. What Obama said, in context, was a criticism of U.S. military strategy, and not of American troops.

It accuses Obama and "Congressional liberals" of voting repeatedly to cut off funding for troops, "increasing the risk on their lives." In fact, the votes were for bringing the troops home, cutting off funding only if the president failed to comply.
And Obama was on solid ground, as even Bush conceded that too many civilians were being killed:
"As of Aug. 1 [2007], the AP count shows that while militants killed 231 civilians in attacks in 2007, Western forces killed 286. Another 20 were killed in crossfire that can't be attributed to one party." Even President Bush admitted that there were too many civilian casualties, saying: "The president [Afghan president Hamid Karzai] rightly expressed his concerns about civilian casualty. And I assured him that we share those concerns."
There really is an astonishing difference between the two campaigns at this time. McCain is throwing shit at Obama whilst he carefully attempts to respond to a global crisis.

That's quite a contrast.

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