John McCain and Sarah Palin appeared on CBS Evening News Monday night to rebut claims that Palin agrees with Obama's policy of launching unilateral strikes within Pakistan if there is actionable intelligence that high-value targets are in the area. According to McCain/Palin, it's "gotcha journalism" when a politician gives their opinion on any given issue.
Couric: Is that something you shouldn't say out loud, Sen. McCain?
John McCain: Of course not. But, look, I understand this day and age of "gotcha" journalism. Is that a pizza place? In a conversation with someone who you didn't hear … the question very well, you don't know the context of the conversation, grab a phrase. Gov. Palin and I agree that you don't announce that you're going to attack another country …
Couric: What did you learn from that experience?
Palin: That this is all about "gotcha" journalism. A lot of it is. But that's okay, too.
How is it possibly a controversial proposition that the United States ought to act, unilaterally if necessary, when the target includes those who are responsible for killing Americans? In bizarro Republican world it's OK to sing a little ditty about bombing a country that never attacked us, but it's not OK to take out people who actually did. This truly is silly season.
Jon Perr notes that McCain did in 2002 what he's now condemning Obama for doing.