What is not being said by Senator McCain is when he will bring these wars to an end. He consistently cites when we are victorious. Can we truly be victors in the war on terror when his policies abroad will mirror those of President Bush’s?
Which markers will he use? WCVB which is a TV station in Boston reported in this article dated December 7, 2006 concerning the Iraq Study Group and of McCain, “But McCain told Hamilton and commission co-chairman James A. Baker III that he does not believe their approach will work.”
Most notable in this one particular piece is where the Iraq Study Group called for the U.S. to "launch a diplomatic offensive by the end of the month with Syria, Iran and insurgent leaders.” Did they say Iran? Oh you betcha.
Both McCain and Palin have questioned Barack Obama in his quest to sit down with Iran, yet here we have this group calling for precisely that.
In an article published by Market Watch, this is what they reported, “A unique Middle East debating forum has conclusively warned America that a victory by John McCain in the US Presidential election would seriously undermine already damaged relations with the Middle East.” If that is not a red-flag, I do not know what else is.
Hafez al-Mirazi who is a former host of an Al Jazeera radio show had this to add of McCain that he was all too eager to "fight and engage in wars" against Iran, Syria "and anyone who would oppose America." As we go to the polls on Tuesday, Americans must ask themselves: How long these wars?
More importantly can we afford them with our blood and treasure?
As some think of Sarah Palin as being folksy, this was written of her, "Mr al-Mirazi warned that Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate, was from the same warmongering mould as Dick Cheney, Bush's vice-president " Should something happen to McCain such as his death after being sworn in, this should strike fear and terror into each and every American.
What I found to be striking is this quote coming from Dr. Michael Singer who was Senator John Edwards foreign policy advisor concerning this election, "It is time we had a president who thinks before he acts rather than acts before he thinks."
This is precisely one of the reasons why former Secretary of State, Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama and that is because he is a pragmatist. After 9/11, John McCain was all too eager to invade Iraq and that was to our very detriment. We have been bogged down in a quagmire since 2003 and one does have to question how much longer.
In the vice presidential debate as reported by the Hartford Courant, this is what Palin had to say, “Your plan is a white flag of surrender in Iraq," which was directed at Senator Joe Biden. She went onto say, “We're getting closer and closer to victory and it would be a travesty if we quit now in Iraq." Does anyone truly believe that in this moment in time?
How can Palin defend that statement when I reported in a previous piece that the LA Times cited at one point where one million Iraqis have lost their lives. Also through this war, over 4 million Iraqis have been displaced fleeing to other countries. Out of those four million how many have come to hate us? More importantly will they be fresh-meat for Al Qaeda recruiters?
Note to Palin, wars do not always see victory as evident in the Viet Nam war. In fact we still have a military force present between at the border that separates North and South Korea. While that was more of a police action, still we are there decades later.
Going back to the second presidential debate between then Governor George W. Bush and former Vice President Al Gore which took place on October 11th, 2000, Bush stated, “Our military's meant to fight and win war. That's what it's meant to do. And when it gets over extended, morale drops.” This is where I do agree with Bush, but it is sad this has not come about in Iraq.
More importantly is what he had to say in the next breath when he stated, “But I'm going to be judicious as to how to use the military. It needs to be in our vital interest, the mission needs to be clear, and the exit strategy obvious.” Iraq was not in our vital interest since it had nothing to do with the attacks on 9/11, the mission has been anything but clear, and there is was no exit strategy planned for the completion of this war.
Will this war rage on for years to come should McCain and Palin prevail? That is my biggest concern and it should be all of ours. I have heard over these years that our military want to complete this mission and would feel demoralized if they cannot. To that I add, at times it is up to the Commander in Chief of the armed forces to be there to take care of our soldiers instead of sending them in time-and-time again to fight a mission that may not a victory at hand.