Dems Spin McCain’s "100 Years" Comment

The Dem campaign strategy seems to be “Always lie first, then obfuscate the truth later.” Due to the complicity Old Media voluntarily gives the DNC, it is an easy thing for them to do. But only the most naive and ignorant will actually follow them on it.

Their latest attempt at spinning an untruth has to do with a comment that John McCain made about Iraq. Now, before we get to what the Dems are spinning on this, let’s look at McCain’s full quote. From Kathryn Jean Lopez writing for

What the “100 years” talk refers to is something McCain rightly said in response to a question during a New Hampshire town hall meeting in January. The question regarded Bush’s statement that we could be in Iraq for 50 more years. McCain sensibly responded: “Make it 100. We’ve been in South Korea … we’ve been in Japan for 60 years. We’ve been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me. As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, that’s fine with me. I hope that would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al Qaeda is training, recruiting and equipping and motivating people every single day.”

If you read that whole thing, you know that Senator McCain was referring to keeping a U.S. presence in a very unstable part of the world. We’ve done so in Europe and the Far East since the end of World War II. Those regions, which up to that point had been extremely volatile, have been stable ever since.

Nowhere in that quote did Senator McCain advocate keeping the war going for 100 years. But the Dems, true to their strategy of misinformation, would have you believe just that:

“Instead of offering an exit strategy for Iraq, (Sen. John McCain is) offering us a 100-year occupation,” Sen. Barack Obama said on the fifth anniversary of the coalition’s move on the then-oppressed Iraq. But it could have been any day; Obama uses the sound bite often enough.

In late March, Sen. Hillary Clinton refused to be charmed by McCain’s call to close Guantanamo Bay and droned on as she does: “While there is much to praise in Sen. McCain’s speech, he and I continue to have a fundamental disagreement on Iraq. Like President Bush, Sen. McCain continues to oppose a swift and responsible withdrawal from Iraq. Like President Bush, Sen. McCain discounts the warnings of our senior military leadership of the consequences of the Iraq war on the readiness of our armed forces, and on the need to focus on the forgotten front line in Afghanistan. Like President Bush, Sen. McCain wants to keep us tied to another country’s civil war, and said ‘it would be fine’ with him if U.S. troops were in Iraq for 50 or even 100 years. That, in a nutshell, is the Bush/McCain Iraq policy.”

So, the Marshall Plan, along with the strategy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and later, Harry Truman were all simply precursors to the Bush/McCain Iraq policy? Any student of history would be rolling on the floor with laughter at this point.

The Dems need to pick up a history book and read it thoroughly. They are completely clueless when it comes to foreign policy issues and how to effectively deal with them.

Oh yeah, they also might want to consider actually telling the truth for once, as hard as that will be for Hillary and Barack to do.

You can access the complete column on-line here:

Dems Attack McCain’s ‘100 Years’
Kathryn Jean Lopez
March 28, 2008

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