McCain Mocks ‘Audacity of Hopelessness’ in Iraq
John McCain said today that the Middle East would be in far worse shape had we succumbed to Barack Obama’s “audacity of hopelessness.”
Republican presidential candidate John McCain, ridiculing Barack Obama for “the audacity of hopelessness” in his policies on Iraq, said Friday that the entire Middle East could have plunged into war had U.S. troops been withdrawn as his rival advocated.
Speaking to an audience of Hispanic military veterans, McCain stepped up his criticism of Obama while the Illinois senator continued his headline-grabbing tour of the Middle East and Europe. The Arizona Republican contended that Obama’s policies — he opposed sending more troops to Iraq in the “surge” that McCain supported — would have led to defeat there and in Afghanistan.
“We rejected the audacity of hopelessness, and we were right,” McCain said, a play on the title of Obama’s book “The Audacity of Hope.”
Yeah, we got the joke. And it’s actually a pretty decent one. Kudos to his speechwriters.
The problem, though, is that, had we listened to Obama, we wouldn’t be in Iraq to begin with. Given public opinion, it’s going to be a tough sell that McCain’s superior judgment on the Surge trumps that.