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McCain Wants More Troops in Iraq

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Posted on Aug 21, 2006
John McCain
From Think Progress

To all of you harboring warm, squishy feelings left over from McCain’s 2000 presidential run, keep in mind that the Arizona senator is an unabashed hawk on Iraq.
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On NBC?s Meet the Press this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called for immediately adding more U.S. soldiers on the ground in Iraq. Echoing the failed strategy behind the escalation during the Vietnam War, McCain suggested that putting more troops in the middle of Iraq?s civil war would help the U.S. to ultimately prevail. Watch it:

As former administration officials and military generals have noted, a larger initial force was necessary to provide security on the ground and prevent the growth of the insurgency. But at this point in the conflict, a larger force is operationally impracticable. Slate?s Fred Kaplan wrote last year that the Army could maintain its current troop levels in Iraq, but it doesn?t have the capacity to ?allow George W. Bush to send more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan? unless we institute a draft.

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By Mark, September 12, 2006 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment
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Here’s where you folks and I part company. Unfortunately, the you-break-it-you-buy-it applies to us as a country, not just to Bush and his gang.

I don’t think our prospects are good, but we have to try one more time under new leadership, with an end game and with a timetable. If it means reinstating the draft, so be it.

I say this whomever ends up in office, whether it be Hil or John or whomever. My gut tells me that success is unlikely. But we have a commitment. If Iraq breaks up into three or more countries, if it becomes a satellite of Iran, so be it. It’s a price we have to pay for being foolish as a nation and being led by the nose by a gang of crooks.

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By Charlie Steele, August 24, 2006 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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It really bugs me that he says the American public were “lead to believe” what was essentially a stack of lies. Anyone who had their eyes open at the time weren’t lead to believe anything other than the administration and their supporters are dishonest and untrustworthy.  McCain spent a lifetime building a reputation for integrity that he discarded for short term political gain.

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By Sarojin, August 23, 2006 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment
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Check out his past, especially his wife’s family.

If you ever had a warm squishy feeling about this guy it’s because he had some really good PR folks and he’s GOP. If he were a Dem there’s be a movie about he locked himself in a cage in the Hanoi Hilton because he’s into bondage.

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By saul, August 23, 2006 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment
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This guy has been on board all the way with Bush and his switch only shows that he will flip flop, flp flip, whatever the Hell he thinks will get elected.
He acts like Mr. regular guy but is nothing more then a political whore.

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By HorrifiedOnlooker, August 22, 2006 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment
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McCain has swallowed the AIPAC Koolaid. It’s what to drink in Washington.

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By Broiler, August 22, 2006 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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With our current level of involvement our troops
are merely bouncers at a bad wedding reception.
Iraq is essentially one feuding familial group. Side with
the bride you are wrong, side with the groom you are wrong,
side with both you are hated by both for interfering with
a family matter. Then, adding to the fun, there are more than
2 sides and party crashers from parts known and unknown.
Top that off with the fact that all of the participants view
us as “infidels” despite smiles and handshakes on camera.
So, the Senator wants to risk more bouncers. I would predict
a lot more dead bouncers leaving this reception.

I believe for the very short term our military presence is a “hard target”
in the backyard of the terrorist factions. Send more troops, risk more
troops with no guarantee of a better outcome. Would pulling out all
our military make the US mainland the “hard target” of choice? I do
think that withdrawing our troops would improve our ability to respond
at home and in other parts of the world.

If we pull out and all sides kick the crap out of each other, it’s not all on us.
What can we do if they have this hatred for their own? Maybe the best thing
is to let them sort it out and deal with whomever is left standing. That is what
pulling out would achieve. Oh, I almost forgot! If we leave, who keeps the oil flowing? (Did I say that out loud?) Oops!

Damned if we do, damned if we don’t!

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By Spinoza, August 22, 2006 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment
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McCain is just an ignorant Repugncrat like Hillary and all such warmongering right wing scum.  They have to be severly defeated and that is near impossible because of the disgusting American so called information media.  We need to re-establish the Weather Underground.

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By OCPatriot, August 22, 2006 at 6:28 am Link to this comment
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Please remember that this man McCain has been a Senator for too long.  The result is a mushy brain, an inability to own up to straight talk, a tendency to compromise on everything, a penchant for saying what people want to hear and not doing it, and an indebtedness to his big spending supporters.  Remember, he went to that “conservative” school to talk; he’s been “buddy-buddy” with Bush; he probably will break his own campaign financing bill rules.  To forget that he is this type of individual is to forget what he really stands for, qhich is more of the same that we have today.  I suspect, like Liberman who also was a Senator for too long, that McCain’s brain is completely addled so he doesn’t even know which way is up.

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By Manny, August 21, 2006 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment
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Can you beleive a Vietam Vet. is expressing this
nonsense. Sen. John Mccain reflects a decay
in American thinking: that we can force down the throats of other nations our vision of democray.

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