Monday, April 7, 2008

100 Years in Iraq? "That's Fine With Me!", Says McCain

Now, I've listened to two of the videos, one at the Derry Town Hall in New Hampshire on January 3rd, 2008, another on Face the Nation, in which John Sydney McCain, III says that sixty years or more in Iraq would be "fine with me, as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed." Well, obviously Americans ARE being "injured or harmed or wounded or killed," including 3 US soldiers killed in the "super-safe" American "Green Zone" where the US maintains its embassy in the center of Baghdad.

And then in the second video he said, " . . . I don't think Americans are concerned if we're there for a hundred years or a thousand years or ten thousand years."

Would John McCain's election result in perpetual war in Iraq and elsewhere? Well, just look at what John McCain's chief adviser has to say about that. John McCain's chief policy adviser is Douglas Holz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, heads the Greenberg Centre for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and here's what he says about the loss of Americans lives and the economic cost of the war:

[T] he current and future budget cost and loss of life and health probably give the right magnitude. If so, the annual war bill represents only about one cent of the $12,000bn of national income each year, and the total military cost at most, a nickel. And that is the right lesson: the foundation of US international influence is its large, powerful economy which can absorb the narrow, resource costs of war and free the US to pursue strategic [WAR, WAR, WAR] and security goals. FinancialTimes.Com (emphasis added)
John McCain is always wrong about Iraq, and his errors are very dangerous. As when,
. . . he said the war would be “brief” and be paid for by Iraqi oil revenues. Or as he was in the 1990s, when he championed extravagant State Department funding for the war instigator Ahmad Chalabi, who’d already been branded untrustworthy by the C.I.A. (The relationship between Mr. Chalabi and the former lobbyist Charles Black, now a chief McCain campaign strategist, is explored in a new book, “The Man Who Pushed America to War,” by Aram Roston.) NYTimes
Read the whole article. With McCain's chief adviser's reasoning, we can expect even more wars like the one in Iraq under a McCain Administration, since the Iraq War continues to be such a great bargain for America, both in terms of loss of life and expense to the US Treasury.

2 comments:

AgentX said...

As you can clearly tell from the second video, he is out to lunch on the concerns of Americans. The Straight Crap Express missed that stop.

To follow up with this article, today, while interviewing Gen. Petraus, he got Iran and AL-Qaeda mixed up, again.
http://www.democrats.org/a/2008/04/mccain_gets_it.php
MCCAIN: Do you still view al Qaeda in Iraq as a major threat?

PETRAEUS: It is still a major threat, though it is certainly not as major a threat as it was say 15 months ago.

MCCAIN: Certainly not an obscure sect of the Shi'ites overall?

PETREAUS: No.

MCCAIN: Or Sunnis or anybody else.

Francis L. Holland Blog said...

Agent X, my concern is that Americans have shown a willingness to elect candidates even when those candidates are basically stupid, and even when those candidates show themselves to be unable to understand things (and pronounce things) that everyone else understands. The fact that McCain is basically even in the polls with the Democratic candidates says that there is a constituency for politicians like him.

I think it's basically a constituency for the Republican Party, regardless of who their candidate is.