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October 4, 2009

JONES PUSHES BACK AGAINST MCCAIN.... Last week, for reasons that weren't entirely clear, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) lashed out at National Security Adviser James Jones. Arguing for an escalation of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, the failed presidential candidate told his Senate colleagues that retired Marine Gen. Jones is one of the president's advisers who doesn't "want to alienate the left base of the Democrat [sic] Party."

Jones wasn't pleased with the criticism.

"Sen. McCain knows me very well," Jones, a retired Marine Corps general, told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, "I worked for Senator McCain when he was a captain. I've known him for many, many years. And he knows that I don't play politics with national -- I don't play politics. And I certainly don't play it with national security. And neither does anyone else I know.

"The lives of our young men and women are on the line. The strategy does not belong to any political party and I can assure you that the President of the United States is not playing to any political base. And I take exception to that remark."

McCain may not remember this, but in June 2008, in the midst of the presidential campaign, Gen. Jones joined McCain at an event in Missouri and flew to the campaign event with McCain on the candidate's plane. He's not exactly a progressive political activist.

For McCain to argue that Jones is worried about the opinions of the Dems' liberal base was foolish. For McCain to question the integrity of Jones' national security advice was absurd.

I was glad to see Jones push back this morning, but under the circumstances, McCain's cheap and petty partisanship probably deserved an even stronger rebuke.

Steve Benen 12:15 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (20)

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If President John McCain sez Gen Jones is out of line -- god damn it -- Gen. Jones is out of line.

Let's have his resignation on the desk first thing tomorrow morning...

Posted by: neill on October 4, 2009 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

The old man's losing it.

Posted by: buddy66 on October 4, 2009 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

I am going to suspend my campaign so I can go to Washington and solve this "Afganistan " crisis.
I was a prisoner of war you know.

Posted by: John McCain on October 4, 2009 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK

McCain thinks that the best way to get attention is not to say something controversial, but to say something foolish. It seems to be working. . .

Posted by: DAY on October 4, 2009 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: W.C. Varones on October 4, 2009 at 12:42 PM | PERMALINK

Now come on, if you don't agree with John McCain, how can his not be because you're playing politics? Every sincere person knows that John McCain holds a monopoly on the entire universe of sound policy. Which by definition means that you're either with President McCain, ah, ..., sorry, ah, ..., well anyways, you're giving comfort to America's enemies. Simple as that, really.

Posted by: SRW1 on October 4, 2009 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

Because, questioning the integrity of people you served with is a "Mavericky" thing to do.

Posted by: Winknandanod on October 4, 2009 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

OK SRW1... Preznit John McCain is the Present Inerrant, Infallible Truth of All That He Utters.

But I maintain that Newt Gingrich is the Future!!1!eleventy!

Posted by: neill on October 4, 2009 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

In my opinion, people are TOO hesitant to attack another persons credibility. John McCain is a warmongering piece of shit, but he's acting well within his responsibilities as a Senator from a right-wing state and who personally holds right-wing views.

More people should question the validity of our leaders choices. Even if done dishonestly, it's got to lead to a better result than the one we currently have.

Posted by: soullite on October 4, 2009 at 1:02 PM | PERMALINK

John who?

Posted by: Stevio on October 4, 2009 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

I don't play politics. And I certainly don't play it with national security. And neither does anyone else I know.

Well Jones is lying. He just said he knows John McCain very well.

Posted by: Dale on October 4, 2009 at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK

Time for Old John to fade away.

Posted by: par4 on October 4, 2009 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

...in June 2008, in the midst of the presidential campaign, Gen. Jones joined McCain at an event in Missouri and flew to the campaign event with McCain on the candidate's plane.

Is that a whiff of politics I smell?

Posted by: CDW on October 4, 2009 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK

Please Gawd, somebody give him a plane to fly. And this time Semator McCain, do it right! Would you like your pathos over or understated?

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on October 4, 2009 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

Where are the democrats?

It's proper for Jones to rebut McCain, although he shouldn't have had to. But once again, not a single democrat rose to denounce McCain for his slander. And where was president Obama? Does his delusion that the GOP is an honorable opposition extend to attacks against members of his own administration? Or just the ones that Glenn Beck attacks?

Posted by: JW on October 4, 2009 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

Does this mean McCain is against a 'surge' in Afghanistan?

Posted by: cld on October 4, 2009 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

Where is President Obama?

Doing what he said he was going to do over 2 weeks ago: studying the situation in Afghanistan before making any policy changes. He mentioned not wasting the lives of our servicemen/women on the basis of hastily made decisions.

Where are the democrats?

Working to address America's needs since the disloyal opposition has no inclination to do so as their answer is always NO.

Should McCain and any other republican be allowed to speak on national security issues.

Yes, but study what the party did in Iraq and Afghanistan and try to avoid making the same mistakes that they did.

Posted by: majii on October 4, 2009 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

I wish *somebody* worried about the opinions of the Dems' liberal base.

Posted by: stevenz on October 4, 2009 at 9:02 PM | PERMALINK

McCain often shows the pettiness and ill judgment that disproves the Villagers' meme of him as the sensible, wise old maverick.

Posted by: Neil B ♪ on October 4, 2009 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

Even when McCain isn't a guest on the Sunday shows, he's still featured on the Sunday shows. I guess the President of the Confederacy is going to rise again.

Posted by: SquareState on October 5, 2009 at 3:03 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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