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Last night, former White House Secretary Jay Carney was positioned to speak with Arizona Senator John McCain; but it turned out to be a one-sided argument as McCain had to correct most of the things Mr. Carney was saying.
“We know of a great deal more about the makeup of the opposition,” Carney began to say before McCain stepped in to correct him by saying that we had known about them in great detail, and for some time too.
“Senator, I can posit with great respect for you that we can agree to disagree…” Carney began again.
“No we can’t, facts are stubborn things Mr. Carney,” McCain refuted saying, Obama disregarded all of his military advisors and did not choose to leave a residual force in Iraq and “that is why we are facing ISIS today.”
This was the direction for most of the interview. Every time Carney would step in to say something, Mr. McCain would refute and return with more corrections.
“No we can’t, no you can’t, because you don’t have the facts…and that’s the problem,” McCain said to Carney again trying to agree to disagree.
“It’s not a matter of disagreement, it’s a matter of facts and you have yours wrong, and you have distorted them.”
After a statement in which Carney went on to say that it was a mistake for the U.S. to stay in Iraq as there were still countless accounts of violence while the U.S. was still there–and that it was not economical, nor in the will of the people to leave a sizable force in Iraq–McCain again let Carney have it.
“Again, Mr. Carney mistakes the facts, we had it won thanks to the surge, it was won. The victory was there. All we needed was a force behind to provide support, not to engage in combat, but to supply support, logistics, intelligence, and by the way, the Korean War, we left troops behind, Bosnia, we left troops behind, not to fight, but be for a stabilizing force.”
McCain again stepped in and said that Obama was wrong in saying that there has been no detection of a threat against the U.S.
“Today we had a hearing and there was testimony from the counter terrorism people and Department of Homeland Security, there is Twitter traffic right now, and Facebook traffic where they are urging attacks on the United States of America. There is a great concern that our Southern and Northern border is porous and they will be coming across. So, is there a specific direct threat? No, but is there any doubt as to what their goal is? Mr. Baghdadi, the day he left our prison in Iraq…said see you in New York.”
McCain finished the interview up by concluding that he does believe there are enough troops in Iraq “with military capabilities” to stand up and fight against the ISIS regime.
“But, it’s going to be very tough and it’s going to be a heck of a lot tougher, despite what Mr. Carney said, than it would have been two years ago when it was recommended by his entire national security team.”