Last week, In an interview with Matt Lauer on the TODAY Show, Republican presidential candidate, Senator John McCain was asked about the war in Iraq.
The Senator had a surprisingly casual answer to Laurer.
Lauer: If it’s working, Senator, do you now have a better estimate of when American forces can come home from Iraq?
McCain: No, but that’s not too important. What’s important is the casualties in Iraq. Americans are in South Korea. Americans are in Japan. American troops are in Germany. That’s all fine. link
Democrats pounced on McCain’s remarks.
“Senator McCain’s comment is evidence that he is totally out of touch with the needs of our troops and the national security needs of our nation. I think many of our brave soldiers and their families would disagree that it’s ‘not too important’ when they come home,” said Senator Joe Biden
McCain’s campaign responded:
Sen. McCain has consistently opposed a timeline for withdrawing our troops from Iraq. And our friends on the opposite side of the aisle have a long history of attempting to twist Sen. McCain’s words on Iraq. The fact that Sen. McCain opposes a timeline for withdrawal and is principally concerned about the safety of American troops and the security of Iraq is pretty much “dog bites man.”
McCain’s flippant remarks overshadowed the other major news about Iraq that came out this week:
BAGHDAD — Iraqi lawmakers say the U.S. is demanding 58 bases as part of a proposed “status of forces” agreement that will allow U.S. troops to remain in the country indefinitely.
Leading members of the two ruling Shiite parties said in a series of interviews that the Iraqi government rejected this proposal, along with another U.S. demand that would effectively hand over the power to determine whether a hostile act from another country is aggression against Iraq. Lawmakers said they fear this power would drag Iraq into a war between the U.S. and Iran.
“The points that were put forth by the Americans were more abominable than the occupation,” said Jalal al Din al-Saghir, a leading lawmaker from the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. “We were occupied by order of the Security Council,” he said, referring to the 2004 resolution mandating a U.S. military occupation in Iraq at the head of an international coalition. “But now we are being asked to sign for our own occupation. That is why we have absolutely refused all that we have seen so far,” he said.
Other conditions sought by the U.S. include control over Iraqi airspace up to 30,000 feet and immunity from prosecution for U.S. troops and private military contractors. The agreement would run indefinitely but be subject to cancellation upon two years of notice from either side, lawmakers said. link
Why does a liberating force need control over Iraqi airspace? Why does a liberating force need immunity from prosecution for U.S. troops AND private military contractors?
Why does a liberating force demand the authority to determine what is considered to be a hostile act of aggression against Iraq?
Why does a liberating force want to build 58 bases on the soil of a sovereign nation?
The answer to all of these questions is a liberating force does not need to to do any of these things. Only a occupying force does.
And occupying Iraq for 100 years is what McCain is all about.
He is one very scary old man.
Casualties are a primary concern. So is an open-ended commitment and occupation. How long we stay in Iraq is not irrelevant. Especially for the troops that will have to maintain our footprint there.
Why does America need 58 bases in Iraq if McCain says all we’re waiting for is the word from General Petraeus to start coming home? Something doesn’t pass the smell test here and it’s the load of manure being shoveled by McCain.
It is insane for the U.S. to maintain standing forces in 130 countries. I confess to being surprised so many Americans seem sanguine with McCain’s expansionist empire building.
Perhaps they believe the damage done by the imperialistic hubris of a President McCain would be limited to his four or eight years in power, but there’s a lot of mischief one man can get up to when he’s got control of the greatest military juggernaut the world has ever seen.
“There’s going to be other wars. … I’m sorry to tell you, there’s going to be other wars. We will never surrender but there will be other wars.” ~ John McCain
I take John McCain at his word when he says there is going to be other wars. He knows this because he’s going to start them.
And he won’t be the least bit sorry about it.
We will have peace in our lifetime during President McCain’s administration even if we have to kill every Arab and Muslim to get it