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McCain’s policy is to continue to endorse the success of the Surge. From the website:
“John McCain believes it is strategically and morally essential for the United States to support the Government of Iraq to become capable of governing itself and safeguarding its people. He strongly disagrees with those who advocate withdrawing American troops before that has occurred.”
“It would be a grave mistake to leave before Al Queda in Iraq is defeated and before a competent, trained, and capable Iraqi security force is in place and operating effectively. We must help the Government of Iraq battle those who provoke sectarian tensions and promote a civil war that could destabilize the Middle East. Iraq must not become a failed state, a haven for terrorists, or a pawn of Iran. These likely consequences of America’s failure in Iraq almost certainly would either require us to return or draw us into a wider and far costlier war.”
“The best way to secure long-term peace and security is to establish a stable, prosperous, and democratic state in Iraq that poses no threat to its neighbors and contributes to the defeat of terrorists. When Iraqi forces can safeguard their own country, American troops can return home”.
The unfortunate facts about war are the resulting casualties, the heartache it causes those that lose loved ones and the financial burden. There is no way to know how long it will last and how much commitment it will take to obtain victory. America feels misled because the victory over Saddam was so easy, and few were complaining then, but the war against Al Qaeda and insurgents has been expensive and long, and now that car payment is getting quite burdensome.
But following the Surge and strategic advances in Iraq, America is in a position to win this war and to drive the insurgents out of Iraq. People also forget how many terrorist attacks have occurred on US soil since 9/11. We believe the number zero is a significant statistic.
Our belief is based on the evidence. The Surge worked. General Petraeus has been hugely successful. And the evidence says that McCain’s policy of endorsing the Surge is correct, and Obama’s implication of tampering with that success with a complete lack of knowledge of how to deal with military operations is reckless.
In our judgment, Obama’s promises with respect to Iraq are hollow and could never come to fruition. His experience in military matters is non-existent, while John McCain’s are vast. And even Joe Liebermen, Al Gore’s Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, has taken a stand against Obama’s and many Democrats’ short sighted views.
This war should have never happened…perhaps, but that is not and cannot be made the point. We aren’t losing. So let’s not lose voluntarily at the hands of an inexperienced leader.
Round 2: McCain