Richard Pombo LIES, LIES, LIES
Richard Pombo went out on the airwaves yesterday with an anti-McNerney radio spot that has left a lot of people scratching their heads. TPM Cafe has a recording of the ad here. After attacking McNerney for being soft on the War on Terror, the comercial goes on to state:
[McNerney] said North Korea should be allowed to develop nucelar weapons without fear of US military intervention.Well, let me be the first to call this for what it is:
McNerney’s position on National Security has remained steadfast and unchanged:
Our foreign policy has been hijacked by fears resulting from the terrible attacks on 9/11. Terrorists must be dealt with harshly and without compromise or negotiation. However, our foreign policy needs to be guided by a rational assessment of what actions will result in a more secure homeland.For Pombo to try to twist that into a stance that is soft on terror and advocates for allowing North Korea to develop nuclear weapons is the act of a desperate, desperate man. Taking a page from the Karl Rove playbook, Pombo has apparently decided to try to deflect attention from his terrible record, his lies, his ties to discredited House members, and his dealings with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff by making up a story so outrageous and inflammatory that it will overshadow the REAL news.
But with this new ad, Pombo really went over the top. I mean, who in this world thinks that North Korea should be allowed to develop nuclear weapons? NO ONE.
Especially not Jerry McNerney, whose son recently served in the Air Force in South Korea.
Let’s get back to reality here. Bribes from Monsanto, lobbying by Jack Abramoff, telling lies about his position on warrantless wiretapping (which, incidentally, has been picked up by the Tracy Press), a long history of shilling for big oil, blind support for Bush’s failed Iraq War coupled with lack of support for veterans benefits — no wonder Richard Pombo wants us talking about his made-up allegations vis-à-vis Jerry McNerney and North Korea.
This is a classic shell game, and Richard Pombo is hoping like crazy that by making such ludicrous accusations, he can take the voters’ eyes off the real issues.