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Timing of Iraq Troop Withdrawal 'Not Too Important,' Says McCain


John McCain and Matt Lauer begin talking about Iraq at 5:40 in this MSNBC "Today Show" clip.

By Jonathan Weisman
Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, said this morning that when U.S. forces come home from Iraq is "not too important," so long as U.S. casualties in the Middle East fall to levels comparable to those in Germany, Japan and South Korea, where U.S. forces have been stationed for decades.

"That's not too important," McCain said on NBC's "Today Show," when host Matt Lauer asked if he could estimate when U.S. forces would come home. "What's important is the casualties in Iraq, Americans are in South Korea, Americans are in Japan, American troops are in Germany. That's all fine."

That stance represented no real change from McCain's previously-stated Iraq policy prescriptions, but Democrats pounced on the language, accusing McCain of wanting to keep U.S. forces in Iraq indefinitely.

"It is unbelievably out of touch and inconsistent with the needs and concerns of Americans, particularly the families of the troops out there," said Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), in a conference call hastily convened by Democratic rival Barack Obama's campaign. "It is the most important thing in the world to them that they come home."

Susan Rice, a senior foreign policy adviser to Obama, accused McCain of "a real disturbing pattern of confusing the basic facts of Iraq."

The Democratic reaction poured in not just from Obama's campaign but from Capitol Hill, where members of both parties are pressuring the administration to consult more closely with Congress over the future of U.S. forces in Iraq.

The McCain campaign fired back, accusing Democrats of willfully distorting McCain's meaning to hide their unwillingness to embrace the security gains that U.S. and Iraqi forces have made in Iraq.

"The Obama campaign is embarking on a false attack on John McCain to hide their own candidate's willingness to disregard facts on the ground in pursuit of withdrawal no matter what the costs," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. "John McCain was asked if he had a 'better estimate' for a timeline for withdrawal. As John McCain has always said, that is not as important as conditions on the ground and the recommendations of commanders in the field. Any reasonable person who reads the full transcript would see this and reject the Obama campaign's attempt to manipulate, twist and distort the truth."

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NO MORE REPUBLICANS

Posted by: MARC | June 12, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Can someone explain to me why McShame (R-AZ) is better at national security issues than Obama? Because he was a POW for 5 years? That only makes him better at issues pertaining to torture... one would think.

It appears that the AZ after McShame's name really does stand for AlZheimer's.

I don't think this country needs another President with dementia. Vote Obama

Posted by: Roofelstoon | June 12, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

McBush, McSame, McWAR, McCain. McBush, McSame, McWAR, McCain. FED UP.

Posted by: Ben Matheny | June 12, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Let the public hear the Whole Conversation. This spin and soundbite reporting will come back to bite you on the butt. If I had know how little intelligence John Kerry actually had I would have run for his seat. He is either a lier or if not,just plain stupid. I stumped, which one is it?

Posted by: JJ | June 12, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain's a Looser...he keeps putting his d*&) in his mouth! He Flip Flops, Flops Flips. It ridiculous! Point blank, he keeps repeating the same crap...stay the course in Iraq for another 100 years, it's not important when our overstretch, too may deployments, not enough equipment, families splt apart, soldiers murdered and it's just "really not important" to this old jerk! Just as it wasn't really important that he had some ethics and values and stuck with his cripple handicap wife after such a horrible accident. But no, fame and fortune and young dumb blondes were his priorities...so he threw his cripple wife and chldren under the bus...and to think, they want to do negative campaigning against a class act, educated, classy woman like Michelle Obama and McCain's adulterous, husband stealing, pill popping, drug addict, theif of an aging barbie doll is trolling around like Chuckie's bride! What a Looser!!! Expose this jerk and his chuckie bride and be done with it! ROTFLMAO

Posted by: Anonymous | June 12, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain won't know when the troops are coming home until Israel tells him.
He will do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING Israel tells him to. Nothing more, nothing less.

Posted by: DWayne | June 12, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Susy:

MSM -- Its an anacronym and stands for:
"Main Stream Media" So instead of saying,
NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Nightline, Hardball, Countdown, The Verdict with Dan Abrams, Late Edition, New York Times, Washington Post, etc etc. We use short hand MSM, see?

Or does the name "Beiruti" through you so that you think I am not from America? Beirut is in Lebanon and there is a Lebanon in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, as well as a lot of other southern States.

Welcome to America.

Posted by: Beiruti | June 12, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Re: Beiruti

There is no media network called "MSM" in the United States.

Posted by: Susie | June 12, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

The question to McCain was:
"Do you have a better estimate of when we can bring the troops home from Iraq?"

McCain said: "No, but that's not important, what is important is casulties..."

The MSM has roundly criticized McCain for saying that its not important when the troops come home from Iraq. Is that what he said? Was that the question even?

The answer is no. McCain was asked if HE had a better estimate of when the troops would come home and he answered "no (I do not have a better estimate) and "but THAT'S not important" is a reference to the fact that it is not important that he does not have a better estimate, not that the return of the troops is not important.

It is simple English grammar. The word "that" is a reference to his lack of an opinion not to the substance of that opinion, the return of the troops.

It is no wonder that McCain got all over the MSM for not being able to understand spoken English.

Posted by: Beiruti | June 12, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

That should be run as an Obama TV commercial in every military town. When the military families hear McCain say their families coming home is "not too important" McCain will lose the military vote.

Posted by: Scott | June 12, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I am amazed by the sheer number of McCain trolls who have posted repeated comments above .

Its stupid of him to say what he said, as it did sound insensitive. His number of trips to iraq, family history etc are totally different stories.

Posted by: sandy | June 12, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

People in their SUV's dont understand sacrifice. It hurts them that someone would risk their life for something like helping forgieners. They feel guilt complaining about their TIVO when people are dying.

That is crux of this war protest.

500,000 americans died in WW2. 60 million people died. This is 4000. 55,000 died in Vietnam

People are so weak they dont see the world as it really is. 85 million people die every year---did you know that?

Do you know how many of them die for nothing?

These brave souls wont be in that catagory. The dems want to put them there by leaving the iraq's to get slaughtered. Yet no one seems to grap this concept.

What is life? Your Starbucks coffee? If this isnt worth life..what is? 4000 people. More die from bad beef than that.

Stop the 3rd graders view of the world...stop the drama queen mentality like you really care so much. If you had a grain of understanding, you would see these are difficult choices

The psycholocial reason people wail against this---GUILT. They didnt or couldnt sign up to stand for Justice. So when they see those who did die..they feel guilty. They cant stand to see soldiers die in their place

How do they relieve such guilt? Bring them HOME!! I cant eat another Steak and drive my SUV while people are dying for freedom. Go and deny it. Its deep inside us, buried under layer after layer of self righteousness and arrogance. We have thousand noble reasons...but the truth is we are cowards and they are Not

So we portray them as being led to slaughter, stripping away their real motive..which was Honor, duty, Justice and sacrifice for the country they love. You cant comprehend that their are such people...because your not one of them. So you paint them as victims to aleve your own guilt. We call them boys..when they are men who made their own decision.

-but its much to much for gluttons in their air condition houses with 500 TV channels complaining their brand new kitchen didnt come out the way they wanted.

Saddam not only was responsible for over a MILLION deaths when he invaded Iran in the 80's. He also attacked every single surrounding country while leader of Iraq and even shot missles into Israel. But people want to get involved in the fight too. The good ones join up to fight for justice. The people who dont-- fight who they CAN fight--the good old USA. We can hurt them with our words.

Posted by: Joe Press | June 11, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Shawn said--For McCain, evidently the lives of American troops as well as the lives of innocent civilians in Iraq are not too important to you.

This is what biased uminformed people who want to outright lie think like

Dear illogical thinker..
John's own son served in Iraq
John himself gave years of his life in prison for America

John was asked when AMERICAN Forces could come home from Iraq--not when SOME could come home. Thats why he mentioned SOME were still in Germany and other countries.

He mentioned this same point before when the DEMS distorted his 100 year comment. He said the question is phrased incorrectly. American forces will remain just like in these other countries.

So asking when American forces will come home is not only umimportant--its a dumb question in the light of history. The question is when can forces be reduced to an observers level.

Anyone with an IQ above room temperature can see that. So why do dems and fanatics lie? Their not interested in truth--only winning. Why does the news put out a headline that takes him out of context--because they know eyeballs will click a link or tune in.

Its shameful. John Kerry knew exactly what John meant. But he's a dishonest person.

Posted by: Jim Nasium | June 11, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain again made a big mistake revealing his lack of knowledge on foreign policy. The reason why US troops have stationed in South Korea and Japan is not because of the Korean War but because of the Cold War--the deal of détente negotiated between the United States and Soviet Union.

McCain further compared the number of American casualties in Iraq with those in Germany, Japan and South Korea, which is meaningless and senseless. American troops are fighting in the wrong war, which should have not been authorized. The Bush administration misled this country and the world--intentionally--to the wrong war.

McCain said that the US troops would stay in Iraq for "100" years, "50" years, and then "by 2012." The United States should not listen to this wrong, false argument; the Democratic Leadership should take actions strongly: Our troops are fighting in the wrong war, the Valley of Death where there is no hope.

The Iraq War is the wrong war, the wrong place where American troops should not be fighting against war-on-terror: Iraq turned out not having or producing WMD.

McCain said that the timing of U.S. forces coming home from Iraq is "not too important," adding, "What's important is the casualties in Iraq, Americans are in South Korea, Americans are in Japan, American troops are in Germany. That's all fine."

In the Korean War, over 54,229 American soldiers were killed. Is McCain saying that 4,000 casualties in Iraq is nothing compared to that thus the U.S. will be in Iraq until the causalities are "comparable" with the past wars?

No more American blood shed in Iraq; bring our troops home.

Posted by: peace4world | June 11, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Besides the umbrella drinks and tank tops that Mark mcKinnon and Dan Bartlett have in common is that they work for the firm Jim Johnson served on as an advisory board member for many years... Public Strategies. Funny that McKinnon is working for McCain and slamming his advisor. Slime?

Posted by: Kidding Me | June 11, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

David,

We need more responsible citizens like you involved in the civic process. All the hypes about Obama will vaporize soon. And these pessimists/defeatists have not contributed anything but complaining & whining.

Posted by: Ken | June 11, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

This comment is another, of many, why McCain lacks adequate knowledge of history and foreign policy to be a wise president. South Korea was an ally of the United States, once the fighting stopped, battle cssualties there ceased. The North Koreans were on the other side of the border.

Germany and Japan were thoroughly vanquished countries, with relatively large Allied armies occupying them for several years. Basic freedoms, protection for unions, democratic elections, rights for women, etc. were imposed upon the West Germans and Japanese. There was no significant internal strife in either country during the post-war period, remotely comparable to contemporary Iraq.

On the other hand, Iraq is divided into three or four factions, with long standing historical rivalries. A civil war has been going on for several years. McCain's statement seems callous, as well as ignoring the major differences between Iraq and the countries defeated during World War II.

I do not understand why the Republicans want to spend hundreds of billions in Iraq, while neglecting the needs of tens of millions of Americans, by denying them health care, extended unemployment benefits, adequate funding for schools in inner cities, etc.

Posted by: Independent | June 11, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

You are all so clear on your history, so chew on this for a moment.

It is true that Germany, South Korea and Japan were hostile nations, and in time become peaceful ones (forget for a moment that more than half of Korea was and is ruled a totalitarian dictator). But it is equally true that we cannot look to the occupations of Germany, South Korea and Japan to gauge how this one will turn out.

Iraq shows no signs of becoming a peaceful nation six years after we entered this fools' errand.

(A) There is 1,000 years of animosity between the Sunnis and the Shiites that has nothing to do with democracy or political stability.

(B) The borders of Iraq were drawn up by the British less than 100 years ago, and that animosity towards the West continues.

(C) Germany, Japan and South Korea were nations with standing armies who formally surrendered to negotiated terms. There was no loose coalition of terrorist networks terrorizing the population and keeping our troops in harms way.

Looking back is not an option. Our occupation experiences is of no value if the government is not also willing to look at the vast differences between 20th century war and this one.

If you want a better example to compare to this particular war, study the numerous skirmishes that happened after the decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire between 1904 and 1911. These led to Balkan Wars of 1912-1913. Those wars were fought by Ethnic purists who spent much of their time trying to throw out another ethnic group. And then there were the anarchists who used bombs, assassination and terror to get their points across.

Sound familiar?

Posted by: Ann | June 11, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Long term occupation of Iraq will destroy America. People like Bush and McCain can't see it.

Posted by: Shawn | June 11, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

For McCain, evidently the lives of American troops as well as the lives of innocent civilians in Iraq are not too important to you.

John, just try to tell their families that the lives of those whom you and your predecessor are sacrificing every day are not important.

Yes, we know your name, John. We read about you often enough. But you know what, John, your comment shows that you are not very important at all. No, not important indeed.

So, people should not vote for you.

Why?

With that attitude, you are not really important enough to be President of the United States.

: - (

Posted by: Robert Campbell | June 11, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

So for all you folks that think we should get out of Iraq even if casualty levels are as low as they currently are in Germany and Japan - do you think we should get out of Germany and Japan too?

Don't forget that Germany and Japan were hostile countries when we established bases there too. Iraq is actually to the point where their democratically elected government is asking us to stick around for a while. No reason why we shouldn't help them out for a bit.

Posted by: Warren Dew | June 11, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

To all the war hawks who think iraq is a good idea lets recap....

4000+ us dead - 300k+ iraqi civis dead
Millions of refugees pouring into other arab nations which we take no responsibility for.

500+ billion wasted due to corruption of the Iraqis and Americans

All leading up to the point where the Iraqi PM will not even sign a cooperative protection agreement unless we agree to not attack Iran. So the Iraqi Government doesn't want us there, nobody but the U.S. military and its contractors want us in iraq except for maybe the poorest of the poor Iraqi civilian.

Posted by: not_a_dove | June 11, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain was saying not too important because we will always have troops at our embassy. He was talking in practicalities how the argument is non sense.

McCain's 19 year old son just came back from Iraq.

McCain has been to Walter Reed dozens of times.

Obama has never been there.

Obama called McCain's father and grandfather elitist for having been admirals.


McCain was taken of context. McCain said the casualties are important. McCain was saying the whole argument of complete withdrawl isn't important because we will always have troops there training iraqis, going after al queda, and at the embassy, and for supply lines.

Obama says the same thing but then lies saying he will bring the war to an end.

Obama says he will keep troops at our embassy, he says he will keep troops going after al queda.

Then he lies saying he will bring the war to an end.


WORST ELECITON COVERAGE EVER.


The McCain's are one of those families.

There 19 year old son Jimmy McCain just came back from Iraq.

McCain has shown great honor never talking about it. But it is the truth.


In this country if you serve and your son serves you get attacked.

But if you go to a church bashing american and you call admirals elitist like Obama you get praised.


Obama has never been to Walter Reed once. McCain has been there dozens of times.


WORST ELECTION EVER EVER EVER EVER.

Posted by: david | June 11, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

That 100 year quote is a lie.

The media never shows you how right beforer McCain said he will turn over the areas to the iraqis and bring our troops home and let the iraqis deal with the insurgency.

McCain was talking about leaving a small force of military advisors.

The media totally took McCain out of context.


Obama if for keeping our troops in iraq for 100 years as well.

Obama says keep them at the embassy forever.

Obama says keep them going after al queda.

You need supply lines to the troops at the embassy.


Obama just lies to the american people saying he will end the war.

His top advisor said he will have 80,000 troops at the end of 2009.


McCain gives you straight talk while Obama lies.

But the american people are eating up his lies and his lies will give him a massive victory.

I hate politics. A good man is being smeared.

I have never hated anything as watching a good man in McCain being taken out of context and smeared.

I am so sick of politics.

Posted by: David | June 11, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Midwest Katrina

"It's not too important" I guess to help these troopa famlies either

The midwest is suffering their Katrina as we speak,

shame on you Bush and McCain

where is the leader of the GOP party -

oh thats right he is at windsor castle with the queen.

Should he not be at home reassuring all those people that it's government
will help, and rallying the nation to this crises.

Oh wait that help and money is in Iraq, so "it's not too important"

oh GOP


Posted by: Tom | June 11, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain has said he will turn over the areas to the iraqis and bring our combat troops home and have the iraqis deal with the insurgency.

McCain voted against keeping troops in Lebanon.

McCain is from the silent generation.

McCain hates war.

McCain is for closing Gitmo.

This campaign has all been about distortions and taking out of context.

McCain is for Petreaus to recommend more troop withdrawls at the end of the summer.


How dare the media try and portray McCain as some warmonger.

Obama never served. Obama is the one saying bomb bomb bomb pakistan.

McCain went after Obama for that. McCain will be the last one to drag us into a war.

Obama will to show that he is tough.

McCain has seen the horrors of war first hand.

I HATE THIS ELECTION.

Posted by: Jeffrey | June 11, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain has said we will keep troops at our embassy. We will always have troops there. That is why the argument isn't important.

Obama is the one lying to the american people.

First he says we will be there for 16 months then he says the end of 2009 is the same thing.

Obama says he will bring the war to an end.

Obama then says he will keep troops at our embassy and after al queda. He isn't being up front with the american people. He has no clue how many troops you need for supply lines.

Posted by: David | June 11, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain has said we will keep troops at our embassy. We will always have troops there. That is why the argument isn't important.

Obama is the one lying to the american people.

First he says we will be there for 16 months then he says the end of 2009 is the same thing.

Obama says he will bring the war to an end.

Obama then says he will keep troops at our embassy and after al queda. He isn't being up front with the american people. He has no clue how many troops you need for supply lines.

Posted by: David | June 11, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain's 19 year old son just came back from Iraq. McCain has shown great honor not bringing this up. But now is the time to bring it up. Kerry and the Obama campaign say McCain doesn't care about military families. They are confused. The McCain's are a military family with another one set to graduate next year from navy academy. Cindy McCain had a cellphone attached to her wrist when her son was deployed in case there was bad news. She held back crying until he came home. Imagine if Obama had a son in Iraq and republicans said he didn't care about the troops there. We would never hear the end of it. McCain has visited Walter Reed dozens of times. Obama has never been to Walter Reed once. McCain cares deeply about the comrades of his son in iraq. McCain makes it a priority to always go to Annapolis to have lunch with his son and his friends there. Obama is the one who looks down on the military. He called McCain elitist because his father and grandfathers were admirals. Obama called their service elitist. They weren't rich. McCain's mother raised them alone when they were deployed. Obama had other priorities than to serve his country during the gulf war. He looks down on the military. Same way he calls the DC gun ban constitutional.

Posted by: Wesley | June 11, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

McPain represents everything about an out of touch politician that I hate. He has no empathy for anyone, he doesn't pay a mortgage, he doesn't have children in harms way, he doesn't even have to save for retirement. There is nothing about him that will ever lead him to understand the American people.

Posted by: not_bob | June 11, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

When is Matt Lauer going to compliment the "political courage" of the legislators who opposed getting us into this war? THAT was political courage. Somehow I don't think McCain risked the wrath of Arizona voters when he proposed the surge.

I've been a loyal "Today" show viewer for 30 years but have been struck by Lauer's political bias. This morning's interview was the last straw. I switched over to "Good Morning America" immediately and I'm going to try making their team part of my morning routine for a while.

Posted by: Purcellville | June 11, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Let me try to paraphrase (some may say "parse") that specific part of the exchange:

Q: Do you now have a better estimate for when american forces can come home from Iraq?

A: No, but that's not too important.

In other words, it is not too important that I have a better estimate for when they can come home.

At least, that's how an unbiased (and, maybe overly gracious) listener may have heard the exchange.

Posted by: Tim | June 11, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

As a mother with a military daughter in Iraq, they mission is more important than to come home until the job is done. They do not believe the dems when they say we support the troops. They know the dems are more interested in catering to the whims of the left than supporting our brave military. Is Obama interested in the troops? When did he visit them to see how they are doing? A well given speech that sends tingles to Chris Matthews and to the masses with the help of a teleprompter does not qualify you to be commander in chief.

Posted by: Jill | June 11, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Does Obama work for Iran? Based on his senseless strategic goals, I think so. Ass kissing the next Hitler is not the answer. Everyone with half a brain knows why they want a long term presence in Iraq, which is to keep Iran in check. Get over it.

Posted by: Truthbeknown | June 11, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

It's like every single person posting on this Board is high. Once upon a time, Germany, Japan and Korea were VERY hostile to us. In fact, many more thousands of our troops died in each of those places than have died in Iraq. Our presence in Iraq will be necessary for a long period of time, even Obama acknowledges that. The question is the extent of our role in quelling hostilities. If American soldiers weren't dying, no one would have a problem with our presence there. That is the goal McCain is realistically trying to attain.

Posted by: dpj1 | June 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Another misspeak or just blatant stupidity? C'mon folks, how many do overs does McCain get? His alzheimers moments are coming much more frequently - or is he just speaking his heart. Who would actually vote for this clown?

Posted by: Julie | June 11, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Every time McCain opens his mouth he utters another outrage that reveals his complete contempt for ordinary Americans and their lives. Of course, McCain doesn't care how long American troops occupy Iraq, he doesn't have to fight there himself nor do any of the children of his fat cat GOP cronies.

The occupation of Iraq is unwanted by the overwhelming majority of the Iraqi people and this is the source of the violent resistance to our presence. This violence will continue like a low-grade fever until American troops leave. The other source of violence in Iraq is the long-term emnity between Sunni and Shi'ite factions. Of course, since McCain does not understand the difference between those two elements of Islam, we can't expect him to get that point either. His incompetancy and insensitivity is monumental.

McCain is a disaster as a candidate and will be horrific as president. We cannot afford four more years of Bush-Chaney maladministration and criminality.

Posted by: dee | June 11, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Typical of McCains base, AKA the Media, to try and spin this for him. He has said he wants to be in Iraq for 100 years plus, that bringing troops home isn't important. Then his excuse is that he doesn't know the difference between American troops in Germany and Iraq.
What do the American people get from the Media though McCain spin, a free pass. He is the Washington insider candidate, so the Washington insider media will never scrutinize him. What do they care, their kids will never serve in Iraq.

Posted by: Julian | June 11, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Iraq is not at all like Germany, Japan and South Korea (at least that's what Republicans have been arguing for 7 years). Iraq is an occupation of a hostile country where there's an insurgent movement against a puppet regime. There is no acceptable, low level of casualties when the entire war was A FRAUD!

What is wrong with these people!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 11, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain is out of his league in a straight one-on-one debate with Obama on the issues of the economy, foreign policy, and Iraq War.

As the campaign progresses, this will become more and more apparent!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | June 11, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

John McCain disagrees with 70% of Americans.

http://www.pollingreport.com/iraq.htm

Don't elect him.

Posted by: Chris | June 11, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

McSame is completely disingenuous when discussing Iraq (and every other thing) though his comments sound like they were alluding to the 40-50 permanent military bases Bush is trying to establish.

I feel deeply for the military families...

http://healinganation.wordpress.com/

Posted by: tankas | June 11, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

He also said that he wants to stay in Iraq so the troops can come home in honor with 'victory'. We should HONOR the troops no matter how they come home. AND coming home is the MOST important issue. We bring troops home and American casualties stop, period.... This statement clearly shows that McCain is OUT OF TOUCH.

Posted by: Diane | June 11, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

His words speak for themselves.

He didn't say a timeline for bringing troops home isn't AS important as conditions on the ground. He said that a timeline for bringing troops home isn't TOO important.

There is a world of difference. And no one should let him get away with trying to rewrite/re-word what he said.

To the military and the military families, stretched horrifically thin by years and years in Iraq, bringing troops home is VERY IMPORTANT.

John McCain: from a long line of Admirals, dangerously out of touch with the troops.

Posted by: wtm | June 11, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

McBush? He wants a Military country. All civilians pay the cost.

Posted by: Charles in Oak Hill | June 11, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

straight talk express, but the headline is... 100 year occupation.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 11, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a complete moron, who are his advisors?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 11, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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