08/12/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

McCain After 9/11: Wrong About Everything

This recently posted video of John McCain on the Letterman Show 18 October 2001, roughly a month after 9/11, suggests McCain knew about the Bush plan to take on Iraq. In addition to his cracks about killing Bin Laden by Halloween and intimidating "these people into going back to selling camels," he also floats the line that the anthrax used in the U.S. mail attacks "may have come from Iraq" and says the Bush administration was determined to hold the countries from which the terrorists came responsible. In retrospect, it's clear that McCain, our experience candidate, got pretty much everything wrong and was selling Bush's disastrous foreign policy, as he still is today. Bin Laden is not only alive but wandering about his Waziristan redoubt. We are losing more lives in Afghanistan than we are in Iraq. We never held Saudi Arabia responsible for anything. Watch the video below and see if you wish John McCain to guide the fate of the U.S. for the next four or eight years.

LETTERMAN: How are things going in Afghanistan now?

MCCAIN: I think we're doing fine .... I think we'll do fine. The second phase -- if I could just make one, very quickly -- the second phase is Iraq. There is some indication, and I don't have the conclusions, but some of this anthrax may -- and I emphasize may -- have come from Iraq.

LETTERMAN: Oh is that right?

MCCAIN: If that should be the case, that's when some tough decisions are gonna have to be made.