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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

For once, the alternative media gets it wrong

I'm guessing that nearly every American source of news trusted by the Canadian readership (NR, Fox News, talk radio, most bloggers, etc.), will insist that McCain sandbagged Romney by claiming he (Romney) once supported a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.

FWIW (and that may not be much to you folks up there), the usually exceptional right-wing media missed this one:

When asked by ABC News’ Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” if he believes there should be a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, Romney replied, “Well, there’s no question that the president and Prime Minister al Maliki have to have a series of timetables and milestones that they speak about, but those shouldn’t be for public pronouncement.”

For why this quote is so damaging (and why McCain is right to point it out) read on.

Full disclosure: I've been a McCain supporter since Sunday.

Posted by D.J. McGuire on January 30, 2008 in International Politics | Permalink


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Personally, I see nothing wrong with that statement. It would be idiotic to think that the 2 presidents didn't have a broad strategy for withdrawal. I believe the "timetable" word was misinterpreted either by Romney or his detractors.
I read that statement to mean "milestones" not necessarily specific times. When certain milestones are met, then perhaps timetables can be set.I fully enjoy the races for the Presidential nominations but believe the hanging on every word and the reporting of every subtle nuance is creating issues in the minds of some of the media that simply aren't there.

Posted by: atric | 2008-01-30 9:37:17 AM

DJ: for someone supporting McCain you are very quiet on questions about his open borders/amnesty policies and friends.

Posted by: Markalta | 2008-01-30 11:01:22 AM

The "timetable" concept is entirely a Democrat (i.e. Communist) notion of "Stop the War on Terrorism and bring ALL of our troops home by sixty days from now..." or idiotic garbage like that.

And of course the "main stream media" is wont to fake up a "controversy" out of a huge plan for many years (decades) of bringing at least this one major Middle Eastern nation into some sort of a legitimate representative government where minority ideas and beliefs and ethnicities and religions can "exist" (as in "Right to Exist") among the nation full of individual fellow human beings.

ALL "main stream media" coverage is focused on the destruction of America as a free nation.

It is merely junk spewed out of the mouths of blithering idiots who are primped and painted up to "look" as though they had a brain or an original thought outside of the Party line.

McCain is terrible as a Republican, which he is certainly not, and could do wonderfully as the Star in any remake of the old Hollywood movie, "The Mancurian Candidate". Really, rent that video and see if it isn't the actual life story of McCain the "hero."

Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2008-01-30 4:38:20 PM

Both DJ and McCain have conveniently left off an important part of Romney's quote (see the last sentence):

"Well, there's no question but that the president and Prime Minister al-Marbling have to have a series of timetables and milestones that they speak about, but those shouldn't be for public pronouncement. You don't want the enemy to understand how long they have to wait in the weeds until you're going to be gone"

Here's Rush Limbaugh's take on Romney's statement:

"That sounds to me like he's against putting timetables on troop withdrawals, and this is something McCain knows"


"McCain wants us to believe that Romney was for surrender! This is... (sigh) This is Clintonesque!"

Read the whole transcript here -


Posted by: JTH | 2008-01-30 10:30:53 PM

Finally some coherent responses about the front runner, Mccain. DJ is very quiet...

Posted by: Markalta | 2008-01-30 10:39:49 PM

It came up again in the debate tonight. McCain came across as petulant, smarmy and petty. His swipe about not working for profit was despicable and I was impressed with Romney's restraint.
The best debator by far was Huckabee and Paul showed up well too. It was obvious that the moderator and questioners were only interested in stirring the pot and not in an honest debate. They marginalized both Paul and Huckabee.

Posted by: DML | 2008-01-30 10:41:31 PM

Uh, they are marginal...and for Paul that's a compliment!

Posted by: Markalta | 2008-01-30 11:05:48 PM

Their marginal status is irrelevant. They were invited to the debate and to exclude them was rude and unworthy of any serious moderator. In fact some of the more telling comments (as brief and as cut-off as they were) came from Huckabee and Paul.

Posted by: DML | 2008-01-31 10:44:13 PM

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