Iraq War veteran Brandon Woods explains freedom to John McCain with respect to the occupation of Iraq:
In a statement the chairman of VoteVets, Jon Soltz - also an Iraq war veteran - noted that Mr. McCain once said that the United States should pull troops out of Iraq if asked to do so by the Iraqis.
"Senator McCain now either has to back off his refusal to set a plan to leave Iraq, as Prime Minister Maliki requested, or tell the American and Iraqi people why he would overrule Iraq's government and make our troops into an indefinite occupying force," Mr. Soltz said. He also expressed support for Senator Barack Obama's plan to redeploy troops from Iraq to Afghanistan.
I wrote about this dichotomy as well a few days ago, in a post titled "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?
So far, John McCain has gone quietly forward, ignoring the fact that he now stands in direct opposition to what he said in 2004.
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