McCain’s “Terrorist” Connections

John McCain has made Barack Obama’s distant connections years ago with “unrepentant terrorist” Bill Ayers a centerpiece of his campaign.

But McCain has much closer, more direct, and more recent connections to terrorists who committed acts far worse than Ayers, yet McCain’s links to “unrepentant terrorists” are completely ignored by the media. While Obama has forcefully condemned the past actions of Ayers, John McCain has never denounced his terrorist friends.

McCain’s “terrorist” connections are far worse than Obama’s links to Ayers. In the 1980s, McCain personally funded a guerrilla group (the Contras) that engaged in terrorist acts. Just last year, McCain expressed how “proud” he was of an ex-felon who urged shooting law enforcement agents in the head (G. Gordon Liddy). And earlier this year, the McCain campaign trumpeted the endorsement of a man who illegally provided weapons and money to terrorists; when a reporter questioned this, the McCain campaign refused to even criticize this criminal (Oliver North).

John K, Wilson on Tue, 10/07/2008

I’m not sure that a tit for tat strategy is a good idea in this case, but David Letterman’ quip about G. Gordon Liddy, got me thinking… I wasn’t the only one, either. (The quote is from a book promotion site but it still makes the point well enough.) Which candidate has most often embraced violent means of political change? Even setting aside the war, McCain wins.

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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