Yesterday on NBC�s Meet the Press, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) again claimed this is a �critical time� in Iraq and that �we�re either going to lose this thing or win this thing within the next several months.�
Host Tim Russert noted that on December 8, 2005, McCain had said, �Overall, I think a year from now, we will have a fair amount of progress [in Iraq] if we stay the course.� McCain admitted he has �proven not to be correct.�
On March 23, 2003, McCain predicted, �I believe that this conflict is still going to be relatively short.� Today also wasn�t the first time McCain has claimed we�re at a �critical time� in Iraq:
� �The terrorists know that this is a very critical time.� [6/4/04]
� Q: You agree this is a critical moment in Iraq? MCCAIN: I agree it�s a critical time, yes. [8/20/06]
� �I think that, first of all, things are very serious there. And to say otherwise I don�t think would be an accurate depiction of events, and this is a very critical time.� [10/19/06]
McCAIN: If you talk to most military experts, we�re in a critical and crucial time. We�re either going to lose this thing or win this thing within the next several months.
RUSSERT: But senator, people are going to make a judgment about your judgment. Less than a year ago you were saying this: �Overall, I think a year from now� � that�s now � �we will have a fair amount of progress in Iraq if we stay the course.�
If you are going to go back any number of years, and look at people's guess and projections based on then current knowledge, you will always find where their thinking later proved to be incorrect. Sometimes on the plus side and sometimes on the negative.
I guess the only way to avoid ever being wrong is to never have an opinion, or never do any analysis, or never base any decision on any facts, or never tell anyone what you think.
The better question you, or Russert, might ask is, have you ever been right on any thought or projection you have made? That question would have shown many times that McCain, as with many politicians, was right. So, what do we do...ignore any politician's answers since we never know whether he will be proven right or wrong?
Might as well dig a hole and get in and cover yourself over until you die.
It's people like you, and the tabloids, that seeks out the worst examples, and constantly seek to show people were wrong, or that their information that was the best available at the time was really not enough.
I wonder, have you EVER made a mistake in your stock trading?
Why be so negative about my post? A huge majority of the Democrats in the HR voted against the Iraq war resolution, along with 4 Republicans. These people are my heroes today for their courage in standing up to BushCo at a difficult time. These Democrats and Republicans all saw through Bush's WMD lies, why couldn't you?
As for my stock trading, I purchased WFMI today at $49.05. Time will tell whether my stock market picks are any better than Senator McCain's partisan predictions about the Iraq fiasco.