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McCain: 100 years in Iraq “fine with me”

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Here’s what’s wrong with “experienced” candidates on national security:

photo credit samueljscott.files.wordpress.comTruthdig: When asked in a New Hampshire town hall meeting about the possibility of being in Iraq for 50 more years, John McCain says it could be 100 years and that would be “fine with me” so long as American troops aren’t getting killed. Comparing Iraq to South Korea and Japan, McCain suggests it would behoove America to maintain a long-term military presence there.

McCain, Romney, Giulani—maybe even Clinton— just don’t get it that Al Qaeda and its ilk attack Americans because American strike-forces are positioned on Arab lands. Arabs and Iranians and American scholars have labored to make this plain. But the President has put his fingers in his ears and cried “They hate us for our freedom.” That’s what experience gets you.

Americans will not be secure until US presidents stop threatening Arab and Iranian homelands. Americans themselves have moved beyond this cold-war view; American government lags behind.

It isn’t right to force ourselves on other nations, and we are less secure when we do. Let’s elect a president who knows it.

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Written by Monte

January 5, 2008 at 2:24 pm

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  1. McCain can not give up on the Empire, it defines everything that he is, war hero, Senator, politician.

    Monte Says: Now there’s something I hadn’t considered that brings a lot together. Thanks!


    January 16, 2008 at 7:25 pm

  2. That’s one reason why I like Ron Paul. He said in a debate that we can’t go around doing things in other countries that we would not want done here. The whole idea that “they hate us for our freedom” is an incomplete thought. It should really be “they hate us for our freedom because our freedom comes at the expense of others.”

    Monte Says: i.e., them! But, in truth, I don’t think it’s about “our freedom” at all. As Ron Paul well knows, the reason we have troops in 700 bases all over the world (not counting those in the USA), is to guarantee unrestrained access by multinational corporations to raw materials at blackmail prices. It isn’t about my freedom, or yours, but about Exxon’s and BP’s. Troops may remain in Iraq, but they’ll be there for the purpose of making sure Iraqis are not free to do what they want with their own oil. [Wonder if you’ve read A brief history of Iran-US relations. Same story, earlier chapter.
    I am grateful Ron Paul is out there saying it! And that you are, DB! Thanks for your comment!


    January 9, 2008 at 11:58 am

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