Straight to the point: There’s reason to doubt that oft-repeated pledge of ‘supporting the troops’ when you’ve worked for a man who tried to kill the troops.
So said Jim Geraghty, who hit the nail on the head. I borrow his words and embrace them as if they were my own. If only our candidate would do so and stop affording a hard core leftist plausible deniability through avoidance. The time has come.
It is time for John McCain to bring up Barack Obama’s ties to – friendship with – William Ayers. Not through Sarah Palin, not on a campaign stop, but directly, in debate on national television. Obama is daring him to, expecting John lacks the fortitude. John seems the only one who is hesitant to do so.
It is time for a direct, open and national look at The Plot to Bomb Fort Dix, hatched, planned and botched by William Ayers’ minions during the Vietnam War.
In such absence of direct challenge, Obama is afforded the deception of wiggle room, which affords those who would wish to see nothing in the Obama-Ayers inconvenient truth to see vast amounts of nothingness. After all, as The One says, seemingly in a dare, McCain ‘has not said anything to his face’ and instead is just scoring cheap political points.
A new television ad is welcomed but will not suffice alone, Senator McCain.
He is a friend and colleague of William Ayers, whose group sought to bomb our own troops at a dance with their wives and girlfriends at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The One, who consistently tries to champion us veterans as some distorted sort of new victim class, is aligned and friends with a man who tried to literally make us victims – by killing us.
Do not, Senator McCain, leave it to us to do. Yes, we veterans are more than able; willing, passionate, and intelligent enough to engage decisively. But it must come directly from you, face to face, eye to eye. He is daring you.
Please, Senator McCain. This cannot stand. And it is time for you to embrace this fight. We are, as we should be, behind you. For the moment. We are ready and able to be in front of you. But this is a charge that you need to lead.
We are veterans. Proud, honor-driven patriots. This is a bond you share with us. And we took an oath years ago to defend our Nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. William Ayers – friend and political ally of Barack Obama – is the latter by his own definition and statements. We did not relieve ourselves of that duty when our active duty in uniformed service came to a close. It lives in us – you, me and all veterans. And we are with you, but we need you in front.
It is time, Senator. Enough is enough.
UPDATE: Wizbang commenters remind that Senator McCain almost certainly has a plan, and one unfolding. And they are correct. In a way, I regret the initial tone of this post, a tone that suggests John McCain may somehow be avoiding direct contact. Its presence here is more reflective of passion and a raw nerve routinely treaded upon un-lightly by Barack Obama than a belief that Senator McCain is sidestepping the issue. I am a passionate man, and my passions run deep with regard to service, veterans, honor and our collective sense of duty.
The overriding tone that should be taken from the raw display above is one of anger and contempt for a man and his alliances and friendships that run counter to what we veterans have spent our adult lives defending through many means and in many forms. A friendship with William Ayers is unacceptable in a Commander in Chief. For Ayers’ deeds and words are, in fact, precisely what we have defended against: All enemies, foreign and domestic. We are partisan. We love our nation and wish it preserved for our children to inherit, not morphed into a misery-laden socialist system where aspirations, opportunity and ceilings are capped and the floor shared.
We veterans, who “air raid villages and kill civilians,” will apparently either embrace our new victim status or be discarded and brushed aside. No, sir. Senator Obama can dismiss our challenge as veterans. He cannot dismiss such from Senator McCain.