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Philosoraptor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:41 AM
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McCain & others calling for more troops to amplify their own patriotism
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 07:41 AM by Philosoraptor
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"Straight talking" John McCain's call for thousands more troops in Iraq is just a pathetic ploy to seem like a patriot for the presidential elections.

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"I understand the polls show only 18 percent of the American people support my position. But I have to do what's right... In war, my dear friends, there's no such thing as compromise. You either win or you lose." -- Senator John McCain

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So John McCain has joined Bush in throwing a shit fit over the Iraq Study Group's recommendations. What's bothering him? Well, it's certainly not the fact that no one who participated in the ISG had the foresight to oppose the war in the first place. McCain yelled at Baker and Hamilton last week because they didn't like his proposal to increase troop strength in Iraq by a number somewhere between 20 and 40 thousand. But the real bone in McCain's increasingly freakish craw? If the ISG recommendations are followed -- an unlikely event considering Bush's classic "whatever" dismissal -- US combat troops will be out of Iraq before McCain has a chance to get his election on.

While McCain's insistence on "re-invading" Iraq and holding out for a miracle has been assailed as unrealistic except by diehard hawks and Bush loyalists, it has also been absurdly misinterpreted as the brave, bold stance of a man who puts the welfare of his nation above his own presidential aspirations. The common take is that McCain is "jeopardizing" his electability by continuing to support an unpopular war. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said McCain is "swimming against the tide." CNN's Wolf Blitzer gushed that it was "a Profiles in Courage kind of statement." Even the UK press got in on the act, with the Times of London's Bronwen Maddox arguing the report "damages" McCain, making him look "like the nation's maverick, not the next president." Anatol Lieven wrote on the Guardian's website that McCain "seems to have committed himself to a course which could very well cost him the presidency in 2008."

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I'm sick of all these hallucinating politicians who want to escalate a disaster to new disastrous heights. What kind of crack are they smoking? Will no amount of dead people satiate their erect, swollen patriotism?
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:44 AM
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1. So, the minority wants to rule now???? McCain should sit down and shut up.
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Philosoraptor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:45 AM
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2. I dismissed him as insane many years ago.
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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:47 AM
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3. Escalation Will Be The End Of Him
It will prove that his theories are as wrong as *'s.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:47 AM
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4. It has nothing to do with being patriotic, and everything to do
with kissing up to Shrub's base, or whatever is remaining of it!
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:49 AM
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5. Um, John, care to define "win", as in "win or lose"?
I didn't think you could.
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:53 AM
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6. This is their Lyndon Johnson moment in history.
When he decided to up the anty and increase troop levels in Vietnam instead of withdrawal.
Same Reasons - Same Stupid Mistake
The only reasonable outcome is more military/civilian deaths.
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:59 AM
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7. I see that McCain's pet maverick democrat is traveling with him.
I'll bet Bush is doing the talking and those two neopawns are just moving their mealy mouths and playing like bush's dummies...
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