John S McCain says that there will be victory in Iraq or the American troops will stay there until there is – well, it looks like the American troops are staying – unless you vote for Obama that is.
The outgoing commander of US troops in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus, has said that he will never declare victory there.
In a BBC interview, Gen Petraeus said that recent security gains were “not irreversible” and that the US still faced a “long struggle”.
So all the rhetoric from John S McCain has been about how Obama should talk to Petraeus about how to win – was wrong? Not the real first gaff that McCain has made. But one that isn’t being shown on any American news website that I can find, this declaration was on the BBC – quite amazing really.
We have to look at the judgement issue that McCain is now harping back to – he says that Obama isn’t ready to lead the US but, and this isn’t really surprising as Bush is a moron for agreeing with McCain in the first place, Bush has agreed to withdraw American troops from Iraq – just like Obama wanted.
Not the first time that Bush has done things that Obama judges as correct either.
So what does this say for the McCain mantra about staying in Iraq? The Iraqis have said that they want the US to leave, Bush is pulling troops out and Petraeus says no victory there. Not good really.
I don’t know how the McCain camp will spin this one – but without a doubt McCain will keep lying to the American people about how only he can bring an American victory – but do remeber how much McCain has said that General Petraeus was the best commander he has ever seen – a real (another) American hero.
He [Petraeus] said “the trends in Afghanistan have not gone in the right direction… and that has to be addressed”.
Afghanistan remained a “hugely important endeavour”, he said.
Earlier this week, President George W Bush announced a cut of 8,000 US troops in Iraq by February – with some 4,500 being sent to Afghanistan.
Isn’t that what Obama has said all along? So, Mr McCain – who has the right judgement? Certainly not you!
How will the McCain camp spin that – that it was you, and not Obama who said the war in Afghanistan was the right war to fight? A UN backed war?
Leaving his post, he said there were “many storm clouds on the horizon which could develop into real problems”.
Overall he summed up the situation as “still hard but hopeful”, saying that progress in Iraq was “a bit more durable” but that the situation there remained fragile.
The Surge hasn’t turned out as the victory that McCain is spinning? Odd that – he says this on the stumps all the time. Bad judgement?
He [Petraeus] said he did not know that he would ever use the word “victory”: “This is not the sort of struggle where you take a hill, plant the flag and go home to a victory parade… it’s not war with a simple slogan.”
Oh!?!? Not like McCain is chanting slogans about losing a war or losing an election?
American voters – please wake up!
McCain = Bush – 4 more years of the same!