McCain: "Mmm, this Kool-Aid tastes good!"
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: Well, we’ve got a conflict going on in Iraq where the United States is fighting and doing everything that they can to help democracy evolve there. The Prime Minister of Iraq and others have condemned Hezbollah and say they do not support them.[emphasis added] Oh dear. Not only is this false, it doesn't even make one lick of sense. Why would the Prime Minister of Iraq (a Shiite who is backed by Shiites) condemn Hezbollah (who are also Shiites, and are (as we are constantly reminded) backed by Iranian Shiites) for fighting against Israel? Fighting Israel is how you make yourself popular in that neck of the woods. The only reason Maliki would condemn Hezbollah is because we pressured him to do it, and then he'd loose all credibility with the Shiite militias who back him up. When forced to choose between pleasing us and pleasing the Badr brigades, Maliki (wisely for him, in my opinion) chose the latter.
What is completely mind-blowing is why anyone in this country (and along with digby I must include some Democrats here) would expect him to do anything else. Anyone who expected Iraq to be both democratic and supportive of this administration's policy towards Israel should definitely join the Drug Policy Alliance, because they must be smokin' some seriously far-out shit.
One wonders whether McCain is truly this deluded, or whether he thinks he just has to act this way to become the Republican nominee for president in 2008. Where is a conservative to turn these days? You conservatives rode the delusional beast to power (or what you thought was power, but turned out to just be Bush and neocon insanity), and now you find you must either bow down to this beast, or become...a liberal!