Sometimes, it really takes a Republican to put things into perspective. While the Democratic presidential candidates have been arguing about whether to get America out of Iraq in a year, or within four years, or soon but without a specific timeline, John McCain appeared up in New Hampshire and told a crowd of people that, when considering the Bush White House’s plan to keep American soldiers in Iraq for 50 years, his reaction is to “make it a hundred”. A hundred years.
American soldiers occupying Iraq for a hundred years. That’s not a war. That’s not even an occupation. That’s colonization.
Consider that, by the time John McCain’s plan for a hundred years of Americans controlling Iraq would be over, almost one-third of United States history would have been spent with American soldiers in Iraq. Our children’s children’s children’s children would be fighting in Iraq.
What for? For what purpose does John McCain think that Iraq would need American soldiers for a hundred years? It wouldn’t be to defeat Osama Bin Laden, that’s for sure. Does McCain really expect us to believe that it would take one hundred years to establish democracy and security in Iraq? No, I think it has something more to do with oil.
Well it’s easy for a 71 year-old man to propose committing American soldiers to fighting halfway around the world for one hundred years. Under McCain’s plan, he would be 171 years old before American soldiers came home from Iraq. John McCain sure won’t be around that long, but my children just might be. We can do better for them. We have to do better for them.
No one who proposes committing the American military for an operation that lasts one hundred years is fit to be Commander-In-Chief. For the sake of the current generation of young Americans, and the next four generations, America needs to say no to McCain’s plan for a hundred year war.
But John McCain says that we’ll stay,
and not just another day,
but one hundred more years before we’re done.
100 years, 100 years, 100 years, 100 years, 100 years.
McCain wants us in Iraq 100 years.
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