March 24, 2008

Senator John McCain has been in full spin mode over his surge in Iraq and lying about Iran's involvement in the U.S. occupation, and on Monday's Countdown, Keith Olbermann talks with IAVA's <corrected> Paul Rieckhoff about another whopper from the aging, war mongering GOP presidential candidate. During a campaign appearance in California, Senator McCain made a bold statement about the War on Terror that would have undoubtedly driven the wingnuts blind with anger and rage had it been uttered by a Democrat:

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"For the first time I've seen Osama bin Laden and General Petraeus in agreement. And that is, the central battleground and the battle against al Qaeda is in Iraq today, and that's what bin Laden is saying and that's what General Petraeus is saying -- and that's what I'm saying."

Senator McCain certainly got one thing right; Osama bin Laden relishes the idea of the U.S. being bogged down in Iraq for the next hundred years and continuing to serve as a recruiting tool for al Qaeda. The Bush-McCain surge is barely holding on by a thread and even in areas that were not part of the surge, such as Basra in the southern part of the country, where the president is expected to ask Britain to lead a NEW surge of troops in to quell a Shiite civil war that is raging out of control. Dick Cheney was reported to have said: "So? They Volunteered."

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