The "Comander-in-Chief Test"
[Hat tip to Rob at RK.]
Bill Moyers (on truth): "We are not alone and we know what we need to say. From our websites and laptops, the street corners and coffeehouses, the delis and diners, the factory floors and the bookstores. On campus, at the mall, the synagogue, sanctuary and mosque, let’s tell it where we can, when we can and while we still can."
Sad News: Aide to Jim Webb Dies
"Authorities in Botetourt County this morning discovered the body of a well-known Democratic operative and U.S. Senate aide along U.S. 220, dead from an apparent gunshot wound."
Rachel Maddow: There's a Difference Between Being a Veteran and Supporting Veterans. Here's John McCain NOT Supporting the Troops, courtesy of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Cliff Schechter's book, The Real McCain
Phony McCain on the So-Called Surge (Having it Every Which Way But Loose).
Dubunking the Vicious GOP Lie Machine: They Have Gone Viral With One Lie After Another
"As the soldiers where [sic] lined up to shake his hand he blew them off," wrote the Task Force Wasatch "battle captain."
But angry Army brass debunked the Obama-bashing soldier's allegations, which went viral Thursday over the Web and on military blogs such as Blackfive.
The e-mail claims Obama repeatedly shunned soldiers on his way to the Clamshell - a recreation tent - to "take his publicity pictures playing basketball."
"These comments are inappropriate and factually incorrect," said Bagram spokeswoman Army Lt. Col. Rumi Nielson-Green, who added that such political commentary is barred for uniformed personnel.
Obama didn't play basketball at Bagram or visit the Clamshell, she said. Home-state troops were invited to meet him, but his arrival was kept secret for security reasons.
"We were a bit delayed ... as he took time to shake hands, speak to troops and pose for photographs," Nielson-Green said.
E-mails to the officer who made the charges and a call to his wife were not returned.
He made no public comment after the meeting, but said in a written statement that his main purpose was to see U.S troops, thank them for their "extraordinary service" and let them know the United States is proud of them.
He began with stops in which he has been pictured largely in the company of American soldiers. In Kuwait, he examined military vehicles and signed autographs for soldiers on a military base. The first images out of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where he landed after a brief visit to a base in Kuwait, show him with two uniformed members of the military, three other American officials, and a large statue of a bald eagle.
The U.S. military confirmed Obama and the other senators visited Bagram Air Base, the largest U.S. base in the country, and met top U.S. military leaders and troops. But most Afghans did not even know he was in the country. U.S. officials would not acknowledge it publicly or announce the senators' upcoming appearances. Obama's campaign said only that he arrived in Kabul.
"I want to, obviously, talk to the commanders and get a sense, both in Afghanistan and in Baghdad of ... their biggest concerns," Obama had said Thursday, before departing from Andrews Air Force Base. "I want to thank our troops for the heroic work that they've been doing."
In Afghanistan, Obama met U.S. troops, the nation’s military leaders and President Hamid Karzai, whose spokesman said: “Sen. Obama conveyed … that he is committed to supporting Afghanistan and to continue the war against terrorism with vigor.”
Who Said This?
"We are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government. This is a sovereign nation. Twelve million people went to the polls to approve a constitution. It's their government's choice. If they were to say, leave, we would leave." -George W. Bush
PETERSON: Let me give you a hypothetical, senator. What would or should we do if, in the post-June 30th period, a so-called sovereign Iraqi government asks us to leave, even if we are unhappy about the security situation there? I understand it's a hypothetical, but it's at least possible.
McCAIN: Well, if that scenario evolves, then I think it's obvious that we would have to leave because— if it was an elected government of Iraq — and we've been asked to leave other places in the world. If it were an extremist government, then I think we would have other challenges, but I don't see how we could stay when our whole emphasis and policy has been based on turning the Iraqi government over to the Iraqi people.
Barack Obama in Berlin
McCain's Truthiness (aka Either Confusion or Lying) Revealed
WAPO: Gilmore Filed False Information on Campaign Disclosure Docs.
Wrong on Iraq: How Do We Count The Ways John "McSame" McCain is Wrong?
John McCain--He's Either Lying or Has No Memory: More Fabrications About What Has Transpired in Iraq
McCain's Social Security Duplicity
Al Gore Gets Standing Ovation at Netroots Nation
Who Is a Real Leader? Obama Scores Points
Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, told The Associated Press today that there are indications al-Qaida's senior leaders are diverting fighters from the war in Iraq to the Afghan frontier.
Media Watch: The AP's Washington Bureau Spiraling Downward
The New Yorker's Damnable Cover
KathyinBlacksburg's Video Project: Don't Take My Word For It--McCain and Company in Their Own Words
Now They Tell Us: Iran Missile Wasn't Even a New One
Karl Rove Ignored Subpoena, Refused to Show for the Congressional Hearing, and Illegally Left the Country
When ThinkProgress contacted Rove’s lawyer, his office confirmed that Rove was out of the country “on trip scheduled long before the subpoena was sent.” Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) said Rove’s attorney “never mentioned” this trip to the committee. Rove’s bogus claims of executive privilege were rejected by the Committee as “not valid” by a 7-1 vote. The committee gave Rove five days to comply with the subpoena.
Around the Blogosphere: John McCain's Campaign and Fawning Media Try Protectively Pitch McCain as Being Off Limits to Criticism
Foreclosure Phil (Gramm) Advising McCain on How to Bring Disaster Capitalism Ruination to the Rest of the Economy
John McCain Misleads Americans About Social Security and His Plans to Privatize It
Media Watch: McCain Gives NBC Viewers the False Impression that Iran Already Has Nuclear Weapons; Brian Williams Shamelessly Lets McCain Deception Go Unchallenged."
Viral Video Project: We Can't Trust McCain (On Just About Everything)
Out of Gas: The Administration Windbags Have Got Nothing (to Help the Economy)
Pinocchio McCain's Nose Grows Another Inch: McCain Takes Credit for Webb GI bill McCain Himself Opposed