Friday, June 13, 2008

McCain's First Flip-Flop

Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, has a long history of flip-flopping on issues. He first opposed the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy on principled grounds; now he wants to make them permanent. He initially declared Americans would be greeted as liberators in Iraq and come home after a quick and decisive military engagement; now he insists we should stay there for decades. He publically opposed torture (perhaps informed by his own experience as a POW); then voted against a bill to outlaw the use of torture by Americans. McCain can flip-flop so rapidly it can be difficult to keep up. In one televised interview McCain stated that he had no opposition to same-sex marriage yet within eleven minutes had changed his mind.

Some may attribute this inconsistency to McCain's advanced age or perhaps the lingering mental effects of torture as a POW. However, OplusO has determined that McCain's rapid flip-flopping predates his capture in Vietnam when he was only 30 years old. McCain was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal when a rocket accidentally triggered a massive fire and explosions, wounding McCain and killing 134 other sailors. In October 1967, while in Saigon recuperating, McCain was interviewed by a New York Times reporter:
"It's a difficult thing to say, [McCain] remarked after a long time. "But now that I've seen what the bombs and the napalm did to the people on our ship, I'm not sure that I want to drop anymore of that stuff on North Vietnam."

But after a few weeks, ...Commander McCain headed back to the Gulf of Tonkin to fly his Skyhawk from the deck of the [aircraft carrier] Oriskany on new raids."

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