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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:59 PM
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McCain Calls For Escalation In Iraq, Suggests Sending More Troops In
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 05:06 PM by NNN0LHI
http://thinkprogress.org/2006/08/20/mccain-escalation /

On NBCs Meet the Press this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called for immediately adding more U.S. soldiers on the ground in Iraq. Echoing the failed strategy behind the escalation during the Vietnam War, McCain suggested that putting more troops in the middle of Iraqs civil war would help the U.S. to ultimately prevail. Watch it:

As former administration officials and military generals have noted, a larger initial force was necessary to provide security on the ground and prevent the growth of the insurgency. But at this point in the conflict, a larger force is operationally impracticable. Slates Fred Kaplan wrote last year that the Army could maintain its current troop levels in Iraq, but it doesnt have the capacity to allow George W. Bush to send more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan unless we institute a draft.

Beyond the practical unfeasibility of sending in more troops, McCain misdiagnoses what adding more troops at this point would do to the situation on the ground. As the Center for American Progresss Iraq redeployment strategy argues:

A more visible presence of U.S. troops risks further stoking the flames of the insurgency by feeding perceptions of long-term U.S. occupation among many Iraqis.

Full transcript below:


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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:06 PM
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1. how much is he making off of the occupation?
that is the only reason I can think of for him saying this.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:09 PM
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2. I'm not surprised. I've had the feeling this is his take on a
"solution" and has been for a while. He wants to muscle it out, but there's still no endgame there, just a more bitter end to a bitter situation.
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:11 PM
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3. McCain + Draft = President Hillary Clinton
:evilgrin:
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Alacrat Donating Member (306 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:47 PM
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6. If stay the course is what we're stuck with( and the troops)
the least they could do is put enough troops in to get something done. I say get the hell out, but what kind of fool would stay with not enough people to do the job. That is homicide, because the fool is putting our troops in a position where they can't help but fail, through no fault of their own. When you make a decision to commit other peoples lives to do a job, you owe them everything they need to accomplish the goal, or you don't do it at all. Which would have been the smart choice. Who the fuck is waffling now georgie, do you stay and play to win, or just stay to prove you aren't a cut and run repug, and that you are the absolute little napoleon wanna be fucking dictator? Also if Mccain is just now realising we are in a fucked situation, he is just as stupid, but that really didn't need to be said.
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:59 PM
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7. The POINT is there are not enough troops
in all of the US armed forces to "do the job."
To add troops you would just be pouring more
blood and death and mayhem on top of what is already there.
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:31 PM
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4. Lets do it. I'm sure all those college Republicans will rush to enlist
:eyes:
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:39 PM
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5. Gregory asked McCain how he could still support Bush's
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 05:40 PM by A-Schwarzenegger
leadership of the war in the face of all the mistakes Bush
has made in Iraq, and McCain answered by saying, Well,
MacArthur was wrong about the Chinese going into Korea.

What a pitiful performance. Are there any McCain fans
left around here?
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:29 PM
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8. What companies support McCain???
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creeksneakers2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:07 PM
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9. McCain is looking ahead for when the blame comes.
Then he can say it all would have worked if they'd only listened to him.
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deacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:10 PM
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10. What? There is no plan in place in Iraq besides stay the losing
course. This is a true crime, a true abuse of our armed forces by our leadership to have soldiers in the postion they are in right now. A total abuse and disgrace.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:11 PM
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11. Send John McCain and all of his relatives first... and all the
college refucklicans and their families, friends, and pets.



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