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McCain Revisits Remarks About Oil and Occupation

Posted on May 3, 2008
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A call to clarify: McCain meets with the locals in Denver on Friday.

In a bid to clarify his stance on the (current) Iraq war, as well as just how long he’d be “fine” with maintaining a U.S. military presence in the region, Sen. John McCain held one of those town hall meetings that are so de rigueur among campaigning politicians these days, this time in Denver, where he performed some semantic gymnastics for his audience at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center.

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Republican John McCain was forced to clarify his comments Friday suggesting the Iraq war involved U.S. reliance on foreign oil. He said he was talking about the first Gulf War and not the current conflict. At issue was a comment he made at a town hall-style meeting Friday morning in Denver.

“My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East,” McCain said.

The expected GOP nominee sought to clarify his comments later, after his campaign plane landed in Phoenix. He said he didn’t mean the U.S. went to war in Iraq five years ago over oil.

“No, no, I was talking about that we had fought the Gulf War for several reasons,” McCain told reporters.

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By Jim Yell, May 5, 2008 at 6:38 am Link to this comment
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The truth about Iraq War is so multifaceted that almost any outrageous or balanced explaination will resonate. This is largely to do with the fact that there are multiple reasons for this un-necessary war.

The Oil Business is in a win, win with the strategy. If they can lock up the oil in Iraq by controlling it, they will have complete political control, thru complete energy control of the nation. If they don’t control the Iraq Oil, but thru Iraq political collapse, keep oil off the market they can charge and are charging more for their product and will control American Money thru hyped prices for energy. So lose or win International Petroleum wins either way.

Isreal has security problems that are only held at bay by support from outside their community. Involving the United States physically in patrolling the area takes a lot off their limited human resources.

Using the Republican strategy of fear the Islamist’s win control of the middle east by having a real threat to their culture and way of life. So they aren’t attacking US troops as much as manipulating their fellows for power and wealth. So they win.

The American People do not win as this is all paid for by loss of prosperity, loss of political freedom, and the degradation of our culture. Not only are we being made to pay for corporate America’s grab for un-earned wealth, but to take up the excess population from people who have children they can neither feed nor raise. Investment loves this as it keeps labor costs down and disrupts Labor unity within the country. And, the American People pay for it.

The big question as this type of economy only helps the military professionals hiding behind knee jerk patriotism and the top less than 5 % of the population involved in mega wealth, The Big Question is why are the voters, voting to cut their noses off to spite their faces. None of this mess you hear on the news every day has anything to do with us, except our exclusion from power and growing poverty.

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By slayer2369, May 4, 2008 at 9:37 am Link to this comment
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McCain: “My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East.”

Press: “So are you saying, Senator, that we went to war in Iraq for oil?”

McCain: “No, no, I was talking about that we had fought the Gulf War for several reasons.”

Press: Oh, ok. Thanks, Senator! Love you!

Wonder if Clinton or Obama would get the softy treatment on this the way the old man seems to be.

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By cyrena, May 4, 2008 at 2:54 am Link to this comment

I agree with ALL of the above.

I also agree with cwhipps and dale headley.

He’s also a really bad liar. At least the rotted out shrub has handlers who write and program everything that comes out of his mouth, and when things really get bad, he has cheney to hold his hand if he has to speak on his own. (like to the 9/11 Commission).

And here’s dumb ass McCain who actually thinks he can say his own stuff, even though he’s too demented to remember one lie from the next, and just puts his foot in deeper when he tries to fix the lie from the lie before that lie.

Hard to understand why his wife would find him ‘amusing’ to have around. But, I won’t lose any sleep trying to figure that out.

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By dale Headley, May 3, 2008 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment
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John McCain is just another lying politician; he gets a pass because he was brave enough to let the North Koreans shoot him down and throw him into prison.  Of course, he showed great courage during his long incarceration, didn’t he?  His own accounts prove it - don’t they?

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By cwhipps, May 3, 2008 at 11:04 am Link to this comment

If he was really telling the truth, he’d say:

“My friends, your sons and daughters, and countless Iraqis have died because we wanted to continue to control the price of oil. That’s why I’m padering to you about energy alternatives, today. Our real mission in Iraq is to make sure they DON’T drill more wells and flood the market with cheap oil. If they did, all our oil friends would loose billions of dollars of profit. It is our control of world markets, not our military that allows us to be in a position of POWER in a global economy. America can’t be part of the world, America must be “on top” of the world.

‘Remember, my friends, Amerika, uber alles!”

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By Tom Doff, May 3, 2008 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

Some would say this shows McCain is a ‘Straight Shooter’, if it weren’t for his subsequent lies and denial of his truths.

Some would say he’s just sending the message to the republican base that he’s ‘Just Like ‘W’‘, so the crazies will support him, too.

Some would say he’s just lost it, that he’s ‘Non Compos Mentis’, and should be in a home. (Other than the White House)

Some would say he believes that it doesn’t make a damned bit of difference what he says, nobody listens, and the public is dumb as a ‘c**t’, anyway.

His wife says he’s just a ‘dumb d**k’, though amusing to have around.

I agree with his far-better half.

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