RENO -- Speaking with evident condescension, Arizona Sen. John McCain needled Barack Obama on Wednesday by offering to travel to Iraq with the Illinois senator to help him gain a better understanding of the war and the consequences of withdrawing troops.Everyone should heed his words. Don't bitch and moan when you don't really know what it's like over there. Ask a soldier.
The attack by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was in line with his campaign's recent attempts to portray Obama as too young and inexperienced to lead the nation.
Speaking before a boisterous crowd of 500 who gathered for a town-hall-style meeting here, McCain accused his Democratic rival of ignoring the successes of the U.S. troop buildup in Iraq and suggested that Obama was ignorant of the facts.
"To say that we failed in Iraq and we're not succeeding does not comport with the facts on the ground, so we've got to show him the facts on the ground," McCain said.
A friend of mine is convinced that President Bush has stopped communicating. Not that he was ever so very eloquent at it, but this White House is so tight-lipped, so bureaucratically run and "on message," the people are hurting. We are so thirsty to listen to anyone who's doing the talking (yes, stolen from The American President). Isn't that why so many clamor to hear Obama's words of hope and change? At least someone is talking.
Well, here comes John McCain. I think he's about to take the mic.