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Once again, we breathe a sigh of relief that this idiotic gnome never became President: yesterday, he said he could tell us which Syrian rebel groups would be our allies in the future. Yes. He said it. Listen here if you doubt the Cranky One.

To make such a statement, one would assume he has  an awesome track record when picking partners and predicting outcomes in the Middle East. But alas, he does not:

But to buy into the McCain-knows-best version of the Iraq war, you have to ignore a lot of history. McCain was among the most aggressive proponents of a preemptive strike against Saddam Hussein, cosponsoring the resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. He also expressed full faith in the way it would be executed — a war plan conceived and executed by Rumsfeld.
He did call for more troops in Iraq sooner than some, but later than others who made the same argument before the first shots were even fired. And McCain’s support for Rumsfeld only evaporated over time, as it became painfully clear that the war in Iraq was going south.

Senator McCain has pretty much been wrong on the Middle East whenever he opened his mouth on the subject. Here is a short list of applicable quotes. But just as crashing multiple jets failed to damage his Navy career, being totally wrong about Iraq has not hurt his career in the Senate.

This writer wishes reporters would stop asking an obvious nincompoop for his opinion. But since journos aren’t smart enough for that, let’s ask John McCain to STFU. Or else give his staff a big-assed roll of duct tape for McCain’s mouth.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

One trick politicians use to bamboozle the taxpaying public is to take certain expenses “off the books”. The numbers are then not added to the “on the books” total. This allows the lying bounders to pretend that they are wasting less of our hard-earned than they actually are.

Regrettably, this plays into a very common psychological trait of humans: if we don’t see it over here, we kinda sorta forget it’s really right there. Rather like setting your watch or alarm clock five minutes fast to make sure you aren’t running late (full disclosure: Mr. Blunt and Cranky does this).

We bring this up today to remind everyone about the origins of the federal budget deficit. It is a favored rhetorical technique of politicos to select certain portions of the truth to create better lies. This example: the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were, during the Reign O’ The Shrub, kept off the books. This allowed the administration to claim that the budget deficit was lower than it really was.

When Obama came in, he put the wars on the books, which appeared to add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit: of course, it did no such thing. The actual deficit was unchanged by this rare act of transparency. But the politicians have used it as a cudgel ever since by claiming that Obama raised the deficit yadayadayada.

Gentle Readers, watch out for this little shell game when your “representatives” give you an “accounting” of how they are “managing” your money. On or off the books, we still have to pay their bills eventually.

Mr. B & C