- Senator John McCain (R-AZ), presumptive Republican presidential nominee, responding to a question from NBC's Matt Lauer as to if "...[he had] a better estimate of when American forces can come home from Iraq?" on the Today Show on June 11, 2008.
McCain goes on to clarify his stance by drawing a parallel between US forces occupying Iraq with the US forces that are in South Korea, Japan, and Germany.
McCain continues, "...but the key to it is we don't want any more Americans in harm's way. And that way they will be safe and serve our country and come home with honor and victory, not in defeat, which is what Senator Obama's proposal would have done."
Read the MSNBC account of the interview here.
plez sez: like Barack Obama, plezWorld has been in opposition to the war in iraq from Day One. to my way of thinking, there was zero justification for the invasion, and six years and over 4,000 US troop deaths later, the blunder of the bush administration's jacked up foreign policy is even more apparent. and now, the republican nominee for president wants to continue george w's failed foreign policy... BRILLIANT!
the cause for the invasion (the WMD) has never been found. the trial and hanging of sadaam hussein - no matter what a despot he became - was not the business of the US. iraq's grasp of democracy is tenuous at best... when we leave, the whole place will probably fracture into religious sects (sunni, shia, kurd, etc.). the terrorists (al-qaeda) responsible for 9/11 are growing in strength in iran, afghanistan, and pakistan. the iraqi oil reserves that we so valiantly protected have done nothing to alleviate the pressure of mounting gasoline costs here in the US. we continue to lose soldiers on the ground in iraq while performing a police function that their own military cannot do... after 5 years of training!
lastly, mccain keeps talking about winning the war in iraq... this was will have no winners! we've lost. the iraqis have lost. and that miserable country will revert to whatever feudal state it was prior to hussein's power move the minute our troops march home... it's best that we get out of there sooner, than later.