Thursday, October 02, 2008

John McCain wasn't sure that Bin Laden was a bad guy

Look what Firedoglake found. A 1998 interview with John McCain.

Q. When you look at terrorism right now, with people like Osama bin Laden, do you have any reservations about watching strikes like that?

MCcain: You could say, Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted? Most of us have never heard of him before. And where there is a parallel with Vietnam is: What's plan B? What do we do next? We sent our troops into Vietnam to protect the bases. Lyndon Johnson said, Only to protect the bases. Next thing you know.... Well, we've declared to the terrorists that we're going to strike them wherever they live. That's fine. But what's next? That's where there might be some comparison.

Gee, and he thought that going after terrorists (Not Iraq, mind you - actual TERRORISTS) might be a mistake.

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