Tuesday, February 26, 2008

John McCain: Military Expert (Pt. III)

A followup to that last post is warranted, because Sen. McCain keeps digging himself into a deeper hole on Iraq. Attempting to again dial back his infamous '100 years' remark, McCain yesterday said this-
"My friends, the war will be over soon, the war for all intents and purposes although the insurgency will go on for years and years and years, but it will be handled by the Iraqis, not by us, and then we decide what kind of security arrangement we want to have with the Iraqis."

There is a lot to unpack in this one sentence.

First off, the promise that the war-- however the right chooses to define it at that moment-- will be over soon contradicts everything McCain has said so far on the subject. Secondly, there's his statement that we'll be out of the picture, but that "the insurgency will go on for years and years and years" with the Iraqis in charge of their own fates without us occupying them. Ummm, isn't this the anti-war position that he and the GOP have been portraying as 'defeatist' for years now? This isn't a flip-flop... he's advocating for two diametrically opposed positions simultaneously. Lastly, if the insurgency continues onward, then the war is not over. Maybe for us it is, but certainly not for the Iraqis whose fate George W. Bush lied about insisted all this bloodshed and spin and insanity was for.

The McCain crew believes that the national security card is their ace in the fight against Obama, but time and time again it is proven that McCain can be taken about as seriously on those issues as he can on other issues like the economy... which, by his own admission, is not at all.

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