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So, the RNC is up in arms over the 100 years war ad? McCain spokespeople are  apoplectic over Jane Hamsher bringing it up?

Well, he sure has been saying it a lot, and not just at town meetings.

But it is legitimate to tie it to him for 2 reasons:

One, it's a fantasy to think we can stay there without casualties

Two, it effectively illustrates his pervasive flip flopping. He was agin it, 'afore he was fer it.

Let's look at number one. McCain's defense for his 100 years statement is that he wants them there if we don't take casualties,  or "our most precious resource" as he called American lives.  

If any candidate for national office thinks the Middle East and Europe and Northeast Asia are similar, they need a new foreign policy adviser. Clearly, Germany and Japan were and are highly organized nation states and Korea was a less volatile and very cohesive nation, far more than Iraq. Occupation turned into garrison due to far more dangerous enemies on their different borders. Even then garrison was/is not always welcomed. Our mere presence is a much greater provocation internally in Iraq and externally to the rest of the Muslim and Arab worlds than any garrisons in Germany, Japan or RoK ever was.

After nearly 30 years of engaging directly with the Middle East, if anyone in government thinks uninvited US forces in any Middle east country, or even invited forces in some instances, do not provoke terrorist acts, they need to be posted on the corner of a a very busy Baghdad or Beirut or Damascus market and give a survey. If we station people in Iraq, however many, they will be targets.

So, given that, what will happen when things DON'T settle down under a McCain presidency? Will we leave? Not bloody likely. When does McCain say we should stand down if the situation continues to be violent? The juking he does on this would make a Zoot Suit dancer envious. So if things settle down we stay, and if things don't we stay til they do, at which point we stay. And the Media let's him get away with this circular reasoning. So, his statement is valid to attack because it is circular, and/or naive, and is an out and out fantasy. It will indeed cost further American lives and treasure, and further weaken the nation if acted upon.

On the Second point, the man is a flip flopper extrordinaire. Asked point blank by Matthews about the Germany/Japan/Korea analogy, he rejected it. Now he embraces it. Why? Because he entered the presidential race as a Republican Candidate and had to drink the corporate kool-aid. So, his statement is valid to attack because it shows his transformation from pseudo-maverick to mainstream George Bush Republican, and his willingness to trade truth for power.

His statement was unthinking, dangerous, and unworkable. But then again, that is just what we have had from the Republicans for the past 8 years.

Originally posted to Thucydides Junior on Tue Apr 29, 2008 at 09:44 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  There are other things to attack McCain on (0+ / 0-)

    Like the part of his energy plan that urges Detroit to develop a car that runs on foreign blood.

    "That's what killed Dennis Day-- contempt for the audience." -- Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra

    by Pangloss on Tue Apr 29, 2008 at 09:48:31 AM PDT

  •  Slightly off topic... (0+ / 0-)

    How is it that no one seems to remember that McCain originally, not more than 3 years ago, spoke out against the war and wanted to bring our troops home.  He actually often spoke his mind against Baby Bush.  I had some nominal respect for him then.  Then inexplicably became the Neo-Con lap dog.  Do they have something on him?  Or was that the time that the RNC gave him the nod to run for POTUS?  Finally someone is bringing it up.  

    "When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

    by Dedalus2k on Tue Apr 29, 2008 at 09:57:38 AM PDT

  •  Admiral Airhead can't handle the truth! (1+ / 0-)
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    Senator Senile doesn't remember making the comment. Either than is pre-dementia or he is such a egomaniacal little shit that he is incapable of admitting anything that casts him in negative light.  

  •  McGoo the Moran (2+ / 0-)
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    Thucydides Junior, JeffW

    Asked point blank by Matthews about the Germany/Japan/Korea analogy, he rejected it. Now he embraces it.

    One way to stick it to McGoo: why are GIs getting blown up every day in Iraq and not getting blown up every day in S. Korea or Germany?

    Could it be because--hazarding a guess--that the Koreans and Germans want us around and the Iraqis don't?

    Whatever is real is different.-- B. Traven

    by angry blue planet on Tue Apr 29, 2008 at 10:06:01 AM PDT

  •  Rec'd for... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Zoot Suits!

    So, tell me, if Americans are being killed NOW, doesn't that run counter to the Turd's view of things?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight.

    by JeffW on Tue Apr 29, 2008 at 10:38:31 AM PDT

  •  If they want to attack Obama... (0+ / 0-)

    ....for largely irrelevant things, than anything that McCain says or misspeaks is fair game.

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