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Saturday, May 03, 2008

McCain Calls DNC Liars

John McCain has done something more politicians need to do. He's call the folks behind the new "100 Year War" ads airing on TV liars. And he' s right about it, they are liars. So who's behind the ads, The Democratic National Committee and MoveOn.Org, a (far)left wing 527 campaign.

Were the RNC to team with a 527 to run ads you can bet that the left would be screaming, and filing all kinds of paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission about it. The RNC may well scream, but they probably won't file anything with the Federal Elections Commission. The FEC is helpless to do anything, since Harry Reid hasn't followed the rules on confirmations for it. In fact his own nominee dropped out, having gotten sick of waiting to be confirmed.

At issue in the ads, and a lie repeated regularly by Barack Obama, is McCain wanting a 100 year "war" in Iraq, based on a comment he made in January. The problem is, that's not what he said.

(From the AP, emphasis mine)
At issue is McCain's answer, in January, to a question about Bush's theory that troops could be in Iraq for 50 years.

McCain said: "Maybe 100. As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, that'd be fine with me, and I hope it would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al-Qaida is training, recruiting, equipping and motivating people every single day."

That doesn't read much like the script for a "war" if no one is getting harmed, wounded or killed. It sounds more like a strategic presence, like the 55 year one we've had in S. Korea, or the 60 year presences in Japan and Western Europe since the end of World War II.

We've already maintained a strategic presense in the Persian Gulf for about 25 years, with a base in Bahrain, facilities in the UAE, and since 1991, Kuwait. Adding Iraq, after stabalization, to the list of friendly to the US countries in the region would be a huge step forward based on it's location between Iran and other folks we already have agreements with.

Don't expect the DNC, MoveOn, or Obama to back off of their lie, if they told the truth about McCain's remarks, and contrasted that to their own positions it would make them look more like what they are, weak on security, and hopelessly clueless about world affairs or how the Middle East works.

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