Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

McCain Campaign Accuses Obama Of Supporting Genocide

Wow, can you say desperate? Ben Smith at Politico reports that John McCain’s campaign just issued a post attacking Obama, calling him a flip-flopper on genocide.

They’re really throwing the mud fast and furious in July, aren’t they? Here’s the text of the accusation below:

Obama on Genocide

Obama today at Yad Vashem:

“Let our children come here and know this history so they can add their voices to proclaim ‘never again.’ And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us and who have become symbols of the human spirit.”

Obama on July 20, 2007:

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.

“Well, look, if that’s the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now — where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife — which we haven’t done,” Obama said in an interview with The Associated Press.

This is despicable to attack Barack Obama while he’s visiting a Holocaust memorial in Israel. This is low of the McCain campaign to insinuate that Barack Obama wouldn’t stop genocide from happening when his own campaign website says:

Obama would also work with Iraqi authorities and the international community to hold the perpetrators of potential war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide accountable. He would reserve the right to intervene militarily, with our international partners, to suppress potential genocidal violence within Iraq.

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July 23, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

7 Comments »

  1. As someone who is an Israeli-American dual citizen and whose family lives mostly in Israel, I couldn’t be more offended by McCain.

    McCain has already lost Joe Klein (http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/07/mccain_meltdown.html), is he trying to lose the rest of the press corps?

    Comment by dansac | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  2. As a Jewish American who had family members lost in the Holocaust, I couldn’t agree with you more. McCain is having a world class meltdown.

    I can only pray that the American voter starts to pay attention.

    Comment by smashartist | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  3. I should also add, I hope American Jewish voters pay attention. Unfortunately, there’s been A LOT of misinformation spread through the Jewish community.

    Comment by dansac | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  4. They want permanent bases in Iraq. This is no longer a war but an occupation. They will stop at nothing to keep it like that. McCain is under pressure to protect his cronies’ interests. And he’ll use whatever dirt he can make up to do so.

    When the NY Times reported that big oil companies were getting sweet contracts and McCain said that he would never again let the US to wage war over oil, Rachel Maddow figured he might be close to leveling with the American people about our real purpose in Iraq.

    Who knows? Maybe that’s the tactic that McCain will end up using to say that he can lower gas prices – because we’re taking over Iraqi oil and feeding American demand. Of course, being so open might freak out NATO, but that’s never stopped them before.

    Comment by Suzie Q | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  5. A flip-flopper on genocide? This isn’t the kitchen sink approach, it’s the backyard outhouse.

    Comment by zenbowl | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  6. It’s really going to be up to the younger Jewish voters to talk to our family members about this election and to educate them on who Barack Obama and John McCain really are.

    I remember reading about the “passover bounce”, where during the primary, younger Jewish voters would come home from college for the holidays and talk to their family about the election, which would give Obama a bump in the Jewish vote.

    Speaking about the election with family members is a great way to help dispel the myths, especially among the older generation.

    Comment by smashartist | July 23, 2008 | Reply

  7. Well,John McCain may have achieved something…right now, we can forget the comparisons with Bush. In campaign style, he’s far more like Richard “tricky Dick” Nixon.

    Comment by maxcat06 | July 23, 2008 | Reply


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