A Maverick Without A Clue
John McCain really is a maverick. He's daring to base a presidential campaign on the premise of not knowing anything about the most important issues. Today, it's Iraq. Michael Cooper of the New York Times has the latest:
As he launched a tour here designed to highlight his family’s long tradition of military service, Senator John McCain said Monday that he was surprised by the latest turn of events in America’s current war in Iraq.
Mr. McCain said he had not expected Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to try to oust Shiite militias from Basra without consulting the Americans, and that he was troubled by some of the demands that were made by the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr as part of his offer of a ceasefire after the militias held off the American-supported assault. And he tied some of the current problems to the Bush administration’s old strategy there.
In other words, he was surprised that Iraq's ostensible government attempted to ostensibly govern. And how dare al-Sadr demand things that aren't to the neocons' liking; just because he has enormous popular support and is able to fight off an American-supported Iraqi military assault he starts thinking he has a say in things? And someone might want to ask Saint Maverick how he would improve on Bush's old strategy when he's so oblivious about the new strategies of al-Maliki and al-Sadr.