Update: Deadly Asteroid Aimed Toward White House; Will It Be Stopped?

by Matt

New York Times:
“Senator John McCain of Arizona frequently uses the shorthand ‘Al Qaeda’ to describe the enemy in Iraq in pressing to stay the course in the war there.”

Which tempts the author to refer to his own earlier post, of March 31 (and humbly, and since you’re here anyway.)

Meanwhile some analysts approve of McCain’s usage. They say McCain is more detailed when he has the time, but according to Kenneth M. Pollack, research director at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution:

“[The campaign trail] does not lend itself to long-winded explanations of what we really are facing.”

Which daunts not Juan Cole, author of Sacred Space and Holy War: The Politics, Culture and History of Shi’ite Islam, who boldly risks boring America to tears with the epic:

“The U.S. has not been fighting Al Qaeda, it’s been fighting Iraqis.”


…chimes in Bruce Hoffman, terrorism and counterinsurgency expert at Georgetown University:

“This is much more fractionated than most people could imagine…”

Which is not only terse, but gives English-speakers worldwide a whole new word: fractionated.

McCain, Iraq War and the Threat of ‘Al Qaeda’

…up comes Cliff Schecter’s new book, The Real McCain:

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain’s intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.

(Well-discussed here, at The Raw Story.)

and Wonkette, a DC blogger offers, and I hope resoundingly:

“But yeah for real he can’t be president.”

Lastly, yours truly considers stepping further in the fray with:

…the above being a custom bumper sticker he has created on a site online, and is tempted to order, but reluctant to affix, fearing that he will thereby forfeit the “I’m a high school teacher” cred he currently enjoys with Northern Virginia traffic police.