“I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East, that will then prevent us [interrupted by applause] that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East,” Senator John McCain said at a Denver town hall meeting yesterday, just after criticizing proposals to withdraw from Iraq.
This clip excited me. My reaction was basically the same as Chris Matthews’ on Hardball: “You know, if somebody else were to say that, they would be accused of being a communist, or radical, or a leftist… for John McCain, a war hero, to say that we’re fighting in the Middle East to protect our oil sources is an astounding development.”
Then I did a little digging, and I found a catch.
On the plane out of Denver, according to CNN reporter Dana Bash, McCain told the media he was referring to the Gulf War of 1990-1991, which liberated Kuwait, and that he has been consistently on the record saying that the premise for the Iraq War in 2003 was finding weapons of mass destruction.
But that explanation doesn’t really negate a point McCain made rather clear; that no dependence on Middle East oil would equal no more war in the Middle East.
My opinion currently is that McCain and Hillary are both kinda full of shit, and Obama is honestly completely clueless. But the turd sandwich accidentally let a truth bomb slip, and while I’m disappointed by his backpedaling, It’s nice to see him break character every once in awhile and show a glimpse of what I think we’d really get if we let him through the bullshit gauntlet that the campaign trail has become.