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McCain Pooh-Poohs a Time Frame for Withdrawal

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Posted on Jun 11, 2008
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McCain also spoke about the need for lower gas prices, something he doesn’t bother to connect to the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

John McCain dug his heels even further into the proverbial Iraqi soil Wednesday morning when he rearticulated his commitment to the U.S. staying in Iraq, claiming that a time frame for withdrawal is “not too important” and that Barack Obama’s resistance to the war ignores how the U.S. is “succeeding” in the country.


The Guardian:

Republican presidential nominee John McCain this morning categorised the time frame for US troops withdrawal from Iraq as “not too important” and suggested he is prepared for a long-term commitment there.

“We are succeeding” in Iraq, he said. “And it’s fascinating that Senator Obama doesn’t realise that.”

The remarks provided an immediate opportunity for presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s campaign to bring the war back to the forefront of the race. He has been a steadfast opponent of the war since 2002.

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By Daniel Struve, June 12, 2008 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment
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Im tired of this non news on both candidates.

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By Ed Harges, June 12, 2008 at 11:35 am Link to this comment
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The crucial point which I’ve seen no one on television make is this:

A very large proportion of troops in Iraq are either national guard, reserve troops, or people who have been stop-lossed, or even called back into “emergency” service after retirement from the military. These people have been yanked away from their spouses and kids and jobs and lives. They’re not regular career military. That is a big reason why McCains’ attitude is so appalling.

This is something close to involuntary servitude, banned by the Constitution. If it goes on indefinitely, it’s really out-and-out slavery, despite the fact that they are being paid.

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By jean, June 12, 2008 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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I would like to know more about Mac’s mental state.  5 years in POW camp had to have it’s effects. Is he taking any kind of drugs for depression or ADD?? He seems to forget alot of things, that he just says. That could become a problem if as president he can not remember from one day to the next. People could tell him anything and tell him that he told them so and so - how would he know he didn’t say it??
Not a good thing for dealing with foreign countries either.

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