The United States military could stay in Iraq for “maybe a hundred years” and that “would be fine with me,” John McCain told two hundred or so people at a town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire, on Thursday evening. Toward the end of this session, which was being held shortly before the Iowa caucuses were to start, McCain was confronted by Dave Tiffany, who calls himself a “full-time antiwar activist.” In a heated exchange, Tiffany told McCain that he had looked at McCain’s campaign website and had found no indication of how long McCain was willing to keep U.S. troops in Iraq. Arguing that George W. Bush’s escalation of troops has led to a decline in U.S. casualties, McCain noted that the United States still maintains troops in South Korea and Japan. He said he had no objection to U.S. soldiers staying in Iraq for decades, “as long as Americans are not being injured, harmed or killed.”
What? How many places do you want to have troops in John? Afghanistan? Kuwait? Pakistan? I mean where do you draw the line or finally say “we can’t afford to do it financially.”
I know he tried to compare it to Germany and Korea but those are completely different situations and started in completely different time periods. They were put there for stability and to basically “block” the Russians from expanding their empire. And lately, there has been more discussions of scaling down our troop levels in those places as it’s not economical anymore. Iraq is not comparable to WWII…just a slight difference in scale. And Korea? You really think the South is afraid of the North? You could buy the North’s soldiers with a piece of pizza as soon as they crossed the border.
Anyone ask the Iraqis how they feel abou this 100 year statement? What if their government says “we would like you to leave”? Anyone ask the other countries in the Middle East how they would feel about this? Anyone ask the troops and their families? They did their job, let them come home already. Gee, John you think maybe you just gave extremists some new talking point as Ron Paul pointed out.
And remember, McCain is the one who sang the little tune about bombing Iran to the Beach Boys song. You have the democrats moving forward with Obama, a new candidate and a new attitude and the republicans are going backwards.