McCain and bin Laden

In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death, Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen revisits a point of contention from the 2008 presidential election: During a debate, McCain was asked this: “If you were president and knew that bin Laden was in Pakistan, you know where, would you have U.S. forces go in after him?” McCain said he would not. “Larry, I’m not going to go there and here’s why: because Pakistan is a sovereign nation.” Obama said, given actionable intelligence, he would – a promise he kept. McCain and Mitt Romney attacked him for that position, saying it demonstrated Obama’s foreign policy inexperience. As Benen said, “With the benefit of hindsight, I’m comfortable concluding now that Obama was right and his Republican critics were wrong.”

But this reminded me of another McCain statement from 2008 about getting bin Laden: “I’ll get Osama bin Laden, my friends. I’ll get him. I know how to get him. I’ll get him no matter what and I know how to do it.”

This wasn’t an isolated thing. McCain often suggested he had a secret plan for finding and capturing bin Laden. When asked why he hadn’t shared that with President Bush, McCain said, “Because I have my own ideas and it would require implementation of certain policies and procedures that only as the president of the United States can be taken.”

Uh huh.

What a strange, sad, little man McCain turned out to be.


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