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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain took a break from the campaign trail to attend the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the status of the Iraq war. See his opening statement above.

The two Democratic candidates -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama -- are back in town for the hearings as well.

Posted at 12:55 PM ET on Apr 8, 2008  | Category:  Video Report
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JakeD,

Did I hear right? McCain talking "hopeful & optimistic?" Is this the same McCain who chided Obama for talking about hope and optimism? What goes around comes around! of course I didnt understand why he was being sarcastic about Obama for having a hopeful vision for America. BRAVO OBAMA!

and JakeD, you're still as hateful as you were yesterday. Chill buddy and get used to President Barack Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 8, 2008 4:55 PM

Now that we have privitized everything, the only folks seeing a profit are private companies."

Again, "privatized everything" except for all those PUBLICALLY-TRADED companies like Haliburton, Exxon-Mobil, Texaco-Chevron, etc., right
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You do not address anything in particuliar within my posts, supply-side economics, pooling of wealth. You seem to be fixated on the fact that someone is making a profit of which i have already whole-heartedly agreed. Yes you are right, like i said, those who invest in stock options to these private companies see some profit. The profit they see largely depends on how much money they have to invest in the first place. The word private is used to distinguish between goverment subsidized programs and the PRIVATE sector. Yup you got it straight like i said i guess we all need to be buying some stock. This is your defense? That in order to see some revenue from this war we should all invest in Haliburton, Black Water and any of the other numerous companies profiting from no-bid contracts? This is your solution to the failure of supply-side economics? Wow. Umm OK. I will get off my yaught right away and shift my investments right away. Or if i am a middle calss american i will invest my meager savings in the hope of getting an annual return of a few hundred dollars profit. I can smell the money ...it's all trickling down to me now.

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Posted by: Ben Matheny | April 8, 2008 3:53 PM

"Now that we have privitized everything, the only folks seeing a profit are private companies."

Again, "privatized everything" except for all those PUBLICALLY-TRADED companies like Haliburton, Exxon-Mobil, Texaco-Chevron, etc., right?

Posted by: JakeD | April 8, 2008 3:45 PM

Because I have no doubt that either of the Dems running now (or in the foreseeable future) would totally screw up the Middle East -- I remember Jimmy EARL Carter and the Oil Embargo, so I know we don't "own" it -- as for Haliburton and any other PUBLICALLY-TRADED companies, I'm not sure why you think stockholders are not entitled to a fair return on their investments?
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So i guess you do beleive in supply-side economics. How many people benefit from these profits? I guess we should ALL start investing all our money is oil stock if we want to see some of the revenue? its called the "pooling" of wealth. See war used to be an economic boom for the US in the past in the form of war effort which created jobs etc. Now that we have privitized everything, the only folks seeing a profit are private companies. So you are saying we should jump on the bandwagon? Start plunking all our paychecks down to purchase stock? Great idea i guess because of the cronyism they will continue to keep getting the no-bid contracts awarded to them so we might see a decent return. At least its fairly easy to identify where to invest. Coperations have NO moral obligation, in fact they are legally bound to maximize profits. I wonder if you realize what impact that can have given the 3 TRILLION dollars this war will cost. (Vast majority borrowed from China)Bottom line supply-side economics fails to reach the people. It reaches some, but then again they are already checking on thier portfolio as we speak while eating brunch at the Four Seasons.

Posted by: feastorafamine | April 8, 2008 3:37 PM

Because I have no doubt that either of the Dems running now (or in the foreseeable future) would totally screw up the Middle East -- I remember Jimmy EARL Carter and the Oil Embargo, so I know we don't "own" it -- as for Haliburton and any other PUBLICALLY-TRADED companies, I'm not sure why you think stockholders are not entitled to a fair return on their investments?

Posted by: JakeD | April 8, 2008 3:11 PM

JakeD.."Victory" looks like Oil Exports over a couple million barrels per day, and I'm willing to fight there as long as it takes, or at least until a Democrat gets into the Oval Office.
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Do you think we own that oil? If so why are gas prices through the roof? The ONLY people getting rich are the private contractors with thier no-bid contracts Ie: Haliburton KBR, Black Water, etc and The Oil companies themselves. DOes this help you? Me? Anyone other then those entities? I guess it might if you beleive in the fantasy of supply-side economics. Why would you want to "fight there as long as it takes or at least until a dem gets in office?" So you want more deaths until a dem gets in ofice? For what purpose?
Why do you want to stay if you are then willing to leave when a dem gets in office? I find the distiction odd.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 8, 2008 2:57 PM

He sure as heck needs some "hope and optimism" on Iraq for a nice and easy ride to victory. Iraq and the economy are the biggest trouble spots for JMac heading into the general campaign. Especially with U.S. casualties on the rise.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | April 8, 2008 2:28 PM

"Victory" looks like Oil Exports over a couple million barrels per day, and I'm willing to fight there as long as it takes, or at least until a Democrat gets into the Oval Office.

Posted by: JakeD | April 8, 2008 2:05 PM

NY Times picked up on McCain's latest Shia-Sunni blooper:

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/04/08/mccain-on-al-qaeda-in-iraq/#comment-861204

This is just downright scary. He regularly gets confused about the identity and alliances of the major players in Iraq and in the broader Muslim world. I'm not sure he's up for handling the Red Phone.

Posted by: Brad K | April 8, 2008 2:01 PM

Again. Democracy is not an apple seed. Its born internally, organically. It cannot be driven into a country an into its citizens. It is only stable when formed out of an internal desire, with the main drive comming from the people themselves. The notion of "reducing the violence" requires "settling" to large extent. Security cannot be obtained without a political resolution which was the point of the "surge" to begin with. If you concede that things cannot be "settled" then what does victory look like? How long will you be willing to fight to get there? Then how dissapointed will you be five years after leaving Iraq, when the Iraqi goverment are no longer our lackeys and will not tow the same political line we demmand?

Posted by: feastorafamine | April 8, 2008 2:00 PM

Old Man McCain better hope for Iraq, because as Iraq goes down the toilet so does McCain's chances to be president.

People seem to forget that McCain is 71 years old with cancer. The chances that under another 8 years of Republican administration in Iraq will lead to "victory" are the same that McCain will still be alive in another 10 years.

Posted by: AJ | April 8, 2008 1:58 PM

I'm not hoping for "settling" -- just reduce the violence enough to export oil -- and if we can bring down the level to sustain a Turkey-like democracy, that's more than fine with me.

Posted by: JakeD | April 8, 2008 1:43 PM

JakeD ..I think you are confusing Hope with delusions of grandeur. This distinction is highlighted by the interruption of McCains speech yesterday on cable news because of mortar fire into the green zone. Cut back to McSame droning away about his patriotic fairytale. The notion we can settle ethnic and political strife that has lasted hundreds of years within 10 years at the end of a bayonet is called delusions of grandeur.

Posted by: feastorafamine | April 8, 2008 1:38 PM

OK Congress, you have all these great plans and programs set up for Iraq;

But, WHAT ABOUT US?

The Blue Collar Middle Class that was?!

Posted by: Rat-The | April 8, 2008 1:33 PM

THREE Pennsylvania polls were released this morning and they show very varying pictures, with Clinton jumping back to a huge lead in one of them and dropping in another. Full roundup: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/04/clinton-faces-series-of-instant-death.html

Posted by: Daniel | April 8, 2008 1:09 PM

Barack HUSSEIN Obama ain't the only one with "Hope and Optimism" out there.

Posted by: JakeD | April 8, 2008 1:00 PM

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