Saturday, May 17, 2008

JMO - 2013, really?

I was reading the article about John McCain's speech in which he said, "By January 2013, America has welcomed home most of the servicemen and -women who have sacrificed terribly so that America might e secure in her freedom. The Iraq war has been won." I'm sorry I don't buy this and don't believe it. Did John forget Richard Nixon's promise in 1968 to end the war in Vietnam before the end of his first term, or he didn't deserve being re-elected?

And John McCain is really promising victory in Iraq? And by 2013? Really? And the details please? How do you propose to do this from where we are right now? You expect the Iraqi government to suddenly wake up and become democratic, and better yet, a government of the people, by the people and for the people? And how do you propose to end the civil war there?

I'm sorry Mr. McCain, this is pure political bullshit meant to buy votes and sell the oppostion as weak on fighting terrorism and terrorists. So why are you doing this? Ah, to sell your candidacy to the far right who don't like and trust you? You're selling the very thing they want and like, war. They love war to prove our might and right, and you're pandering to them.

I can't think of anything positive about your claim. To accomplish this goal you'll have to sell the war to the American people, to Congress, and the world. You'll have to justify the costs in terms of our military, the taxpayers money you'll you be using, and the soldiers whose lives who'll die or be permanently injured. How many troops will it take? How and where will you get these troops? How much equipment will it take? How much will it cost? What domestic progams will you sacrifice for this?

Answer these first and I'll think about it. For about 5 seconds. I saw the war coming in the January 2003 State of the Union address, I was against it then - there were better and less invasive ways of overthrowing Saddham Hussein, and I want the troops home. It was a war for oil and geopolitics. Nothing as we were told or sold. And nothing as justified. It was a lie from the start, going back long before the war and before 9/11. It's been a lie all along too.

And now you're lying. You're not mis-speaking, you're not talking about reality, and you're not telling the rest of the story. You're simply setting the stage for your election campaign. Nothing more and a whole lot less. The stuff found in the fields you step in and have to clean off your shoes later. And worse, you turned into an ad on the Web. Packaging war as a product, except you don't list the ingredients nor the price.

Except, at least the in fields stuff has substance. Your words are hollow, but they still stick and smell as bad. And when, if you're elected President, will the other shoe fall and you tell us the reality? Or will you try to soft pedal that to, wrapped in the same words you're saying now?

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