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July 04, 2008

Iraq: The Real Issue
Posted by Shawn Brimley

Let's be clear on where the McCain campaign stands on Iraq:

McCain on the Today Show in June: “Americans are in South Korea, Americans are in Japan, American troops are in Germany. That's all fine."

McCain advisor Max Boot:   “We need to maintain a long-term commitment in Iraq – for 100 years if need be...a long-term presence designed to reassure Iraqis of our commitment to their security against an array of enemies.”

Wall Street Journal Editorial: “[A] permanent U.S. military presence – albeit one reduced over time – would give Iraqis the confidence to continue their political maturation.”

Thomas Donnelly and Frederick Kagan of AEI: The U.S. Army and Marine Corps are "less a wall of steel than a sponge, absorbing takfiri toxins and leaching them from the lands they incubate…We must reestablish a network of forward bases along the new American security perimeter…the future will see not only forward-deployed forces but forward-stationed forces. To win we must be there.”

Obama wants to leave Iraq and McCain wants to stay. That's all that matters in this debate.


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Nicely summarized Brimley.

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