Presidential Candidate Wants Endless War!A DNC fundraiser mailing warns about a presidential candidate who seems cruel and heartless as Atilla the Hun: "On the war, McCain scoffed at Bush's call to leave troops in Iraq for 50 years, saying 'Make it a hundred!' " But wait, there's more: "We can't afford four more years with a President who fights an endless war in Iraq."
Time for a reality check.
A non-partisan group's website, FactCheck.org, takes a look at McCain's apparent desire for a replay of the Hundred Year's War. FactCheck is a new one to me, and seems to be a pretty good source of information.
For example, there's an informed discussion of a scare campaign run by a GOP-affiliated group. "Defense of Democracies" ran ads last month, claiming that FISA had lapsed. (Not true: see FISA, the Patriot Act, and the Protect America Act: Who's Protecting Whom from Whom?." ( March 13, 2008).)
Beware the Sound BiteBack to the DNC and McCain's "endless war."
McCain did say " 'Make it a hundred!' " on January 3, 2008, a town-hall meeting. Part of it (thirty seven seconds) are on a YouTube video. I'll grant that "They" could have faked the video, but I don't think so.
FactCheck.org has an informative post about McCain's "endless war" and other topics, "Smear or Be Smeared?" FactCheck.org (February 8, 2008). Here's part of what they say:
"... His actual words are posted in a video on YouTube. Far from advocating 'endless war,' he said the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq would be 'fine with me' provided that they're not being killed or wounded. Here's the full quote:
" 'Make it a hundred. ... We’ve been in Japan for 60 years. We've been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me, as long as American, as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. It's fine with me and I hope it would be fine with you if we maintained a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al Qaeda is training, recruiting and equipping and motivating people every single day.'
"It should be noted that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, despite their frequent talk of withdrawing from Iraq, have said repeatedly that they would maintain at least some troops in a combat role in Iraq for some time, possibly their entire term of office.
"There's little doubt that McCain is less eager than either Clinton or Obama to bring troops home without further suppression of insurgent attacks. But it's a rank falsehood for the DNC to accuse McCain of wanting to wage 'endless war' based on his support for a presence in Iraq something like the U.S. role in South Korea." [emphasis mine]