Call me cynical, but this move was considered last year. What is the U.S.S.
Cole going to do off the coast of Lebanon?
NBC news just reported that some suspect Syrian mischief in Lebanese elections,
which are stalemated. But again, what is this warship* going to do about it?
We’re going to get involved?
I suspect general election propping up of John McCain, the president’s candidate,
which will likely occur through November. There are a lot of ways a president
can support McCain, who will continue the policy on which Bush’s legacy depends.
This could be one of them. Not exactly an outlandish charge considering we are
talking about George W. Bush and a Republican party desperate to stay in power.
They’re going to try to beat Democrats on national security, suspecting Obama as the likely nominee. Obviously, McCain will run on experience to be commander in chief. Bush’s job, thinking cynically, is to make people aware that an experienced hand is what’s needed and John McCain’s the man.
*TM NOTE: Lots of emails from military and non-military on the Cole. TM.com reader James reminded me that the USS Missouri was the last of the Iowa class battleships to be decommissioned. Correction has been made, because I carelessly used an extinct term (battleship) that did not apply, for which I do apologize. Thanks for all the emails. I didn’t say this in the post, but as many readers realize, the U.S.S. Cole was the warship hit in the port at Yemen, no doubt an ignominious remembrance.