The reasons why I’m not voting for John McCain in November

You may hate the Huffington Post and think it’s left wing propaganda. I’d like to think they tend to seek the truth about the candidates more often than simply blowing smoke up their asses. It’s like The Daily Show is not a left-wing show, but a show that mocks all politics. I think the HP calls a spade a spade.

So, when I saw this post from Arianna Huffington and the long list of things the American public needs to be reminded about John McCain, I thought I’d re-post it mostly because it dovetails nicely with some of the exact reasons I’m not voting for John McCain in November.

McCain has been among the most ardent supporters of the war in Iraq – the
most disastrous foreign policy decision in American history.

McCain falsely claims that, from the beginning of the war, he called on former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld to resign. He should have, but he didn’t.

McCain thinks it’s “not too important” when American forces come home from Iraq.

McCain has repeatedly claimed that Iran was training members of al-Qaeda in Iraq, showing a fundamental misunderstanding of the key players in the war. He doesn’t
understand the difference between Shiites and Sunnis, and even after being
corrected he still doesn’t get it.

McCain falsely claimed that the surge was what led to the Anbar Awakening, even though the Sunni revolt against al-Qaeda in the province began months before Bush even announced his plan to send more troops to Iraq.

McCain falsely claimed at the end of May that American troops in Iraq were down to “pre-surge levels” (brandished as proof that the surge was “succeeding”) – even though two-thirds of the additional surge troops were still in Iraq. And, when called on his mistake, he refused to acknowledge that he was wrong.

McCain falsely claimed that the war in Iraq was “the first major conflict since 9/11” – either forgetting about the war in Afghanistan or deeming it not major enough.
This is not all that surprising, since McCain’s policies on Afghanistan – the
real central front in the war on terror – have been all over the map. Indeed,
McCain first attacked Obama’s policy on Afghanistan, then adopted it for
himself.

McCain has a long history of paying lip service to supporting America’s
troops but voting against their interests. His handling of the new GI bill was the latest example of his hypocrisy: he consistently and vocally worked to defeat it, then, once it passed, tried to take credit for it.

Need more proof of why McCain is not “ready to lead”? Do you want a
president who thinks there is an “Iraq/Pakistan border”? Who believes
Darfur is in Somalia
? And that Czechoslovakia is still a country?

I think the myth of John McCain’s national security strength is grossly overstated.