VIDEO: McCain caught lying to media about Iraq war being for oil (he also suggested that we abandon Israel)

McCain caused quite a stir earlier today when he said that the Iraq war just about oil, and that if we could become energy independent we’d never have to send troops to the Middle East ever again. Now McCain is lying, claiming that he was referring to the FIRST Gulf War being about oil, not the current one. Only problem, the transcript and video show quite clearly that McCain was talking about the current Iraq war and not the Gulf War.

(Also, there’s the issue of McCain having just abandoned Israel – I’ll address that further down, but the media seems to have totally missed that bombshell.)

Here’s the transcript, the video is next:

Senator Obama and Senator Clinton want to set a date for withdraw. That’s what they want to do is get everybody out. I believe that would lead to catastrophe and chaos and that we would have the whole region including the whole region and the country in such turmoil that we would be required to come back to the region. And I just want to promise you this. My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will – that will then prevent us – that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East.

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Now here’s McCain’s subsequent explanation of how he didn’t mean what he just said:

“No, no, I was talking about that we had fought the Gulf War for several reasons,” McCain told reporters.

First off, buh bye Israel. McCain just wrote you off. Yep, no more American soldiers in Middle East wars if we can just get ourselves off of foreign oil. So you mean if Iran nukes Tel Aviv we’re not getting involved? Nope, McCain said no more American soldiers. So much for defending Israel. Kind of a massive story the media missed here.

Second, McCain clearly says that Obama and Clinton want to set a withdrawal date from the war in question. Is he now claiming that he meant Obama and Clinton want to set a withdrawal for the first Gulf War that concluded 17 years ago? I seriously think McCain isn’t all there anymore. Why does the media accept these things? Because he’s nice (which he’s not, but that’s another story)?

I’m sorry to say but you slow down in your 70s. You start confusing things, forgetting things. Just because the media thinks he’s a nice man doesn’t mean old age isn’t kicking in. This isn’t the first time he’s confused an issue recently. He’s getting old.


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