McCain Sucks, Palin Sucks = No Bush left behind

Eugene Jarecki on “The Straight Talk Train Wreck”

Posted on: October 30, 2008

An interesting narrative from documentary filmmaker, Eugene Jarecki (“Why We Fight”) on McCain, Cheney and Halliburton.


For me, witnessing the John McCain who courageously appeared in my film and the later McCain whose staff went after me for sharing his thoughts with the American public, I’ve seen firsthand how the Straight-Talk Express really works.

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So whether this means dissing David Letterman or bullying a lowly filmmaker like me, no contortion is so great that they won’t indulge it if it helps the train reach Pennsylvania Avenue. Now, I don’t really expect straight talk from politicians, but when a politician makes “straight talk” his claim to fame, he actually gets my hopes up. In McCain’s case, I learned the hard way that the Straight Talk Express is actually just political stagecraft of the most cynical and cutthroat kind.

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Eugene Jarecki’s 2006 film “Why We Fight” won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as a Peabody Award. This posting is an excerpt from his new book, The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril. It has just been released by Simon & Schuster/Free Press.


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