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The circle of Republican hackery on Iraq is now complete. Responding to Colin Powell's endorsement of Pres. Obama, official Republican maverick John McCain (R-Sunday) first dropped the F word:
“General Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what is clearly the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime,” McCain said on Brian Kilmeade’s radio program.
(Note that leaving Iraq is now considered more feckless than going to war there in the first place, which should tell you all you need to know about John McCain's mavericky foreign policy ideas, and that's without even going into all that Vietnam business that seems like it could have maybe been pretty darn feckless too, if we were taking the measure of America's biggest fecklessnessess.)
… and then John McCain, Iraq War supporter, Iraq War voter-for, let it be known that it was all Colin Powell's fault that we were in Iraq in the first place:
“Colin Powell, interestingly enough, said that Obama got us out of Iraq,” McCain told the National Review. “But it was Colin Powell, with his testimony before the U.N. Security Council, that got us into Iraq.”
Yes. Yes, clearly the whole thing was Colin Powell's idea. He tricked John McCain, and George Bush, and Dick Cheney, and the entire army of neoconservative dunderheads that thought that we might as well go for two wars instead of one because we had a special coupon offer or whatever the precise logic was, and it's all his fault.
It's true that John McCain has gotten exponentially more cranky since losing his presidential bid, but this still seems like a low blow. Please don't fight, Bush-era hawks. There is more than enough blame to go around. Oh, so very much blame. We could attach a tape here of John McCain's various pronouncements of how Iraq was the greatest threat to America since insert-something-here, but we are all very bored of John McCain, so he will have to look those up himself.