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Is McCain a Man of his Word, or Not?

Back in April, 2004 Senator John McCain said that if the Iraqi government asked us to leave Iraq then we should leave, regardless of our own concerns over security.

Question: Let me give you a hypothetical, senator. What would or should we do if ... a so-called sovereign Iraqi government asks us to leave, even if we are unhappy about the security situation there? I understand it's a hypothetical, but it's at least possible.

McCAIN: Well, if that scenario evolves, then I think it's obvious that we would have to leave because-- if it was an elected government of Iraq-- and we've been asked to leave other places in the world. If it were an extremist government, then I think we would have other challenges, but I don't see how we could stay when our whole emphasis and policy has been based on turning the Iraqi government over to the Iraqi people.

Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki is calling Obama's 16-month timetable for Iraq as preferable and desirable, while McCain has separately called for a 100 year US presence in Iraq, if needed.

Will John McCain continue to oppose Obama's timetable now that the Iraqi government is expressing a preference for that over McCain's extended presence scenario?

Is John McCain a man of his word or not?

He's out there today repeating the mantra that withdrawal from Iraq is "dependent upon conditions on the ground." Is McCain so presumptuous and arrogant that he is telling us that Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki isn't aware of conditions on the ground, and that Maliki is wrong for selecting a short time frame?

You betcha he is. McCain, in my opinion, will continue to ignore the wishes of the Iraqi government and continue instead to to push and promote the war waged by Republicans in our name.

The last thing McCain will do is admit that Obama is right, because when it comes to Iraq, Republicans politicians have never had anyone's interest in mind but the oil companies, the defense war machine, and that of the Republican party.


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Comments (2)

Jeff:

The Iraqi's are saying that the conditions have improved and 16 months may be possible ...
Remember that Obama wanted us out in Mar 2008 ...

Nobody contrasted Obama and McCain ...

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Democrats have been saying for years now that pushing the Iraqis towards self-sufficiency is a self-fulfilling prophecy. When forced to fend forthemselves, they will rise to the occasion.

It's been Obama's rise to lead in the US race for the presidency that is precipitating the political progress we're now seeing. If McCain was the presumptive POTUS the Iraqis would be sitting back again, content to let our men and women die for them.

McCain and his cronies still don't understand -- and they never will., because they aren't interested in ending the Iraq War, but would choose instead to extend it for another 100 years. If that is the case, the Iraqis will never stand up and take over.


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