December 12, 2006

Rangel calls for draft, McCain says “Oh fuck, I think I may have said ‘we need more troops’ at the wrong time”

Posted in McCain, political satire at 10:08 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

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At a press conference today, upon close questioning by members of the foreign press, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) admitted that it was unjudicious to recommend escalation in troop levels when a prominent member of the Democratic majority in Congress has recently recommended a draft, and said, “Oh fuck, I think I may have said ‘we need more troops’ at the wrong time” to reporters. Incoming House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel told reporters several weeks ago that he would introduce legislation recommending a draft for service in the Iraq conflict, rather than relying only on the volunteer military alone. McCain has been in favor of raising troop levels to quell rising violence in Iraq.

In the past praised as being one who would not mince words with members of the traveling press corps, McCain appeared to be revealing a political calculation behind his stance on the war. He denied that this was his motivation for the thinking his verbal gaffe may have revealed. “Oh heavens no, my friends. My concern is for the troops, our brave men and women, and only secondarily for political gain.” An advisor, Marshall Whitman, asking that he be allowed to speak on condition of anonymity, calrified “besides, it’s a fucking nightmare over there either way.”

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