5.21.2008

straight talk

A few days ago, Obama said this:
"I mean, think about it: Iran, Cuba, Venezuela - these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, 'We're going to wipe you off the planet.'"
Read it again. I'll wait.

Okay, now can we agree that the proper response to that statement is "no doi"?

Growing up, when I would hear them testing jet engines out at the navy base, my first thought was always, "oh shit, they are launching the nukes. Prepare to die." Yeah, in retrospect, kind of dumb, but that fear of nuclear annihilation was instilled in us from as far back as I can remember. So that the Soviet Union was a bigger threat than third rate wannabes like Iran is obvious.

Except if you're running for the most powerful position in the world, apparently. "Straight Talk" McCain responded to this obvious statement with anything but "Straight Talk":
"Senator Obama claimed that the threat Iran poses to our security is 'tiny' compared to the threat once posed by the former Soviet Union," McCain said during a speech in Chicago.

"Obviously, Iran isn't a superpower and doesn't possess the military power the Soviet Union had, but that does not mean that the threat posed by Iran is insignificant.
Are you fucking kidding me?!

McCain agrees with what Obama said about the Iranian threat compared to the Russian threat, then turns around and implies that Obama said Iran was "insignificant", which he never did, unless you choose to ignore the phrase "compared to the Soviet Union". That may be "politics", but it sure ain't Straight Talk, which McCain is always being slobbered over for.

McCain is simply becoming a parody of Bush-type politics. Distortion, omission, fearmongering. It's quite clear that in the foreign policy arena McCain would be a third Bush term. Because the first two have worked out soooo well.

It appears sometimes "Straight Talk" is just a bad Dolly Parton movie.

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