Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It's Not Too Important

We got a a one-two punch from Team McBush this week. First the President confessed his regrets about statements he made about the Iraq War. If only he had such introspection before he engaged his mouth and our military. Regardless of his sincerity (and I'm not buying it), it still hurts to know that the commander in chief of our military admits that he could have approached the war better.

And second, John McCain proved beyond a shadow of a doubt today that his presidency would continue the Bush policies in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show. Lauer asked McCain about bringing the troops home, to which he responded "That's not too important; what's important is the casualties in Iraq." McCain went on to compare the troop situation in Iraq to that in South Korea, Japan and Germany, which is an insult to anyone who has stepped onto the sands of Iraq and into harms way for any amount of time.

Let's hear it from the horses mouth.

Doesn't the military deserve a commander in chief who actually supports the them and not give them a life sentence rotating in and out of hell. The troops are either heading back to Iraq or they're heading home, rinse, lather, repeat. McCain has not defined the mission in Iraq any better than his evil twin in the White House, so I'm not sure how he defines success either. Despite McCain's protestations, it sounds as if it wouldn't bother him at all to keep the troops in Iraq for another 100 years.

John Mc Cain has sold out the military more times than he has supported them. Veterans for Common Sense sums it up nicely with a listing of McCain's voting record on veteran's issues.
John McCain is yet another republican former military veteran who likes to talk a big game when it comes to having the support of the military. Yet, time and time again, he has gone out of his way to vote against the needs of those who are serving in our military. If he can’t even see his way to actually doing what the troops want, or what the veterans need, and he doesn’t have the support of veterans, then how can he be a credible commander in chief?
Alot of people, including the corporate media are giving John McCain a free pass on foreign policy because of his military service. When John McCain speaks, people listen, and mostly do not question when he speaks about military policies. Extending the benefit of the doubt solely because of one's military service does not guarantee success . Should we not have learned this from our current president's service?

Brandon Friedman from Vote Vets properly states "We respect John McCain's service and all we ask in return is that he respect ours". The vets who served in Iraq, spent more than a day or two strolling through a Baghdad marketplace and experienced all that was thrown at them for months at a time. It's time we respect their service and bring them home responsibly now. It couldn't be more important.

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