EAGLEBURGER IS SO VERY SORRY…. The McCain campaign sent Lawrence Eagleburger, deputy secretary of State under Bush I, to NPR on Thursday as part of a segment on “making the case” for a McCain presidency. Eagleburger, instead, made national news by blasting Sarah Palin’s readiness for national office, arguing that the Alaska governor isn’t capable of stepping in during a time of crisis.
It appears the McCain campaign was less than pleased with Eagleburger’s response. Yesterday afternoon, he was rushed onto Fox News to apologize and take it all back. Josh Marshall noted that Eagleburger’s appearance “had something of the feel of one of the Maoist self-criticism sessions or perhaps one of the public apologies during the Moscow show trials.”
It was rather embarrassing to watch. Eagleburger, a once proud man, said he “made a serious mistake,” adding, “I wasnâ€™t thinking when I said it…. I was just plain stupid…. I made a terrible mistake.”
Still straying from campaign talking points, Eagleburger said we “can’t expect” Palin to be prepared to lead on Day One, but voters shouldn’t worry, because she’ll learn “quickly” under John McCain’s tutelage. (Eagleburger said this would take months.)
Hoping to regain credibility in the campaign’s eyes, Eagleburger also did his best to sound like a partisan hack, insisting that Barack Obama’s remarks on foreign policy over the course of the campaign have been “stupid and contradictory.”
Um, Lawrence? McCain thinks the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia was “the first probably serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War.” He thinks Iraq and Pakistan share a border. He believes Czechoslovakia is still a country. He’s been confused about the difference between Sudan and Somalia. He’s been confused about whether he wants more U.S. troops in Afghanistan, more NATO troops in Afghanistan, or both. He’s been confused about how many U.S. troops are in Iraq. He’s been confused about whether the U.S. can maintain a long-term presence in Iraq. He’s been confused about Iran’s relationship with al Qaeda. He’s been confused about the difference between Sunni and Shi’ia. McCain, following a recent trip to Germany, even referred to “President Putin of Germany.” McCain isn’t even sure if he wants to maintain friendly relations with Spain.
Remind me. Who’s remarks on foreign policy have been “stupid and contradictory”?