Palin’s “McClellan” Moment

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Biden, Debates, Foreign Policy, Military, Palin, Video

She got the name of the top general in Afghanistan wrong. It’s actually “McKiernan.”

That can’t be good for people who think she’s inexperienced.

Also, it turns out she was just plain wrong when she claimed he didn’t say an Iraq style surge didn’t work.

And I quote…

“Afghanistan is not Iraq,” said Gen. David McKiernan, who led ground forces during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and took over four months ago as head of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan.
During a news conference yesterday, McKiernan described Afghanistan as “a far more complex environment than I ever found in Iraq.” The country’s mountainous terrain and rural population, its poverty and illiteracy, its 400 major tribal networks and history of civil war all make for unique challenges, he said.

“The word I don’t use for Afghanistan is ‘surge,’ ” McKiernan emphasized, saying that what is required instead is a “sustained commitment” to a counterinsurgency effort that could last many more years and would ultimately require a political, not military, solution.

And so it goes…


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2 Responses to “Palin’s “McClellan” Moment”

  1. Orlando Says:

    1929. Television. FDR.

    Justin, do you still consider yourself a centrist? I’m not sure I’ve read a post from you in the last few months, maybe year that makes me not think that you’re about as centrist as a left pinky.

    More as it develops…

  2. BenjaminFranklin Says:

    Senator Biden joined the Senate when Palin was 8 years old. He has a Doctorate in Law (a JD), as does Obama. Palin has a BA in journalism. McCain has a BA and finished in the bottom 1% of his class.

    Who do you expect to be more qualified? We must not forget that McCain is 72 years old, and there is a reasonable chance that his Vice President will become the leader of the free world. This is a very important decision.

    We do not need a President who is ‘like us.’ We need a President who is smarter, more knowledgeable, more even tempered, and better than we are in every way. Consider the complex perils which lie all around us-a failing Wall Street, an aggressive Putin, an aggressive Iran, chaos in Pakistan, North Korea is restarting their plutomium apparatus, Al Qaeda is plotting-think hard, my friends.

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