Shame on McCain

July 25, 2008

I’m at the gym today, listening to the Avett Brothers‘ CD Emotionalism as I pant and sweat. CNN is on the TV several feet away. I vow not to read the closed-caption transcription of John McCain’s speech and look away. But my eyes betray me.

McCain excoriates Barack Obama for not supporting the surge and brands him as an opponent of “victory.”

First thought: Karl Rove is playing a larger advisory role in the McCain campaign than reported.

Second thought: McCain carries not an iota of guilt for his role in approving and supporting an unnecessary war that has literally destroyed Iraq, left millions homeless, killed tens of thousands of innocent people, led to the ethnic cleansing of entire cities, killed 4,000 U.S. troops and wounded many thousands more, run up a tab of one trillion dollars and counting, and ruined our nation’s reputation.

Third thought: There is no victory. Period. Morally, the word shouldn’t be uttered in the same breath as Iraq. Can there be lasting stability? Maybe. And while the surge helped, it was too little too late.

Final thought: McCain should make the refrain from “Shame,” the song playing in my ear buds, a prayer he reads aloud every time he’s on TV:

Shame, boatloads of shame
Day after day, more of the same
Blame, please lift it off
Please take it off, please make it stop