Jeez, a whole lot of the same blah blah blah from the same posters.
McCain's statements were taken out of context. He didn't have a problem with US troops being in Iraq in 100 years, NOT us being at war in Iraq for 100 years. Having troops based in foreign nations is nothing new. We are STILL in Germany, Japan, Korea and Bosnia. Let's also get on the table the fact that we base soldiers/airmen in several allied countries including England, Spain and Italy. Not to mention the large number of troops based in Kuwait, Qatar and other Middle Eastern nations helping us bare the brunt of this war. This allows our troops to be closer to potential trouble spots and allows ease of transportation and logistics. Please look at the actual meaning of the words instead of blowing smoke out your ears.
Military families and soldiers have had an extremely difficult 6-7 years of high ops tempo. Their sacrifice's can not be put into words. I salute each and everyone of them and wish them a speedy return to loved ones. With that said, they JOINED the US Military and that job is not 9-5 and it does not include weekends off. They weren't drafted and didn't get out of criminal sentences. They willing walked into a recruiter's office and signed on the dotted line. Military life is hard and the burdens soldiers carry for their constant training and deployements is tremendous. With that said, STFU and do your job. Bringing them all home now is not supporting them. That's a slap in their face and a big spit on the grave of those who have given their life in OIF/OEF and other GWOT operations. If you actually talked to the majority of them they would say, "Let's get this job done right, the first time and then we can come home."
Now that we have gotten that out of the way, I actually support the notion of us withdrawing from the cities sooner rather than later. That allows the Iraqi police and military the opportunity to solve issues on their own with the knowledge that if things get out of hand an AH
-64 is always ready. At some point in time, we have to put our big toe in the water and now is as good as ever.
I do not agree with pulling all of our troops out of Iraq anytime soon. Iraq is still very fragile and unstable. Pulling out too soon could mean us having to go back in. Don't think that their aren't any bad guys in Iraq anymore. Some of the them have traded in their guns, some of them have gotten smart and don't want the 82nd Airborne blasting their a$$ and some of them are just biding their time. Let's pull our troops back to our major bases and see how the Iraqis do. If thing procede successfully, then we can reduce our overall numbers but keep our foot print at US bases. The US and Allies rid the world of a tyranical dictator and Iraqis of a tyranical leader. We put our boots on the ground and gave them the opportunity of a life without Saddam Hussein. I have no problem with the US telling Iraq that we get to stay in some of the bases. That's the price of American's spilling blood on their behalf.
Also, I love how this entire war and how things have gone are President Bush's fault and now somehow are thrusted onto John McCain. It's not like Bush has rode around like a Cowboy for 8 years blasting and taking over any country that he liked. Notice how we are NOT in Iran? Notice how things have gotten BETTER in Iraq? Heck, one of the MAIN reasons why we are in the GWOT is the fact that Clinton refused to move on Al Qaeda/Taliban/Bin Laden when we had a chance. Time after time the CIA
came to him with exact locations of Bin Laden and many times over Bill's 8 years in offce did foreign countries offer him up. Unfortunately, Bill's mistakes became Bush's problems.
Now, has Bush caused problems of his own? Yes, the US economy is not doing well but realistically speaking NO President has ever had a large impact on how it grows or shrinks. Yes, he brought us into a war with Iraq that was not popular with outside nations. Get over it, he asked for their help, they said no and he pushed on. JUST LIKE HE
WOULD. If you are howling about no WMDs then look at the other reasons why we went in. 1. Saddam broke numerous UN sanctions 2. The Iraqi government was a constant threat to many of our allies and it was only the US and Brits keeping them in the box. 3. Saddam's men engaged US military personnell on a daily basis by shooting SAM missiles at OUR pilots. People's vast hatred of George W. Bush is amazing.
Last but certainly not least is "Mission Accomplished". George Bush didn't have the poster put up, it wasn't his idea and it wasn't for political purposes. The poster was the idea of the men and women on the ship (USS Abraham Lincoln) and the USN
. They asked if they could put the poster up. They had completed their 6 month deployment when they were ordered to turn around and head back to Iraq. They had just spent many months of operations supporting OSW and now were headed back for OIF. It was meant as a thank you to those serving on the Lincoln because their deployement had been over 9+ months long. Think about that for a second. 9+ months of planes launching and recovering and making a hell of a racket. 9+ months of 115+ degree days on the flight deck with jet engines howling and your neck being on a swivel. 9+ months of flying off of a carrier in defenss of your nation and putting yourself and your crew on the line over Iraq. 9+ months of not being able to hold the woman or man you love when you go to sleep. Don't use their sacrifice for your own political hatred of the Commander in Chief who happened to go out and thank them.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower