Thursday, August 21, 2008

Does John McCain care what the Iraqis want?

What does John McCain mean when he talks about victory in Iraq? As far as I know he has never defined what 'winning' there would look like. According to an article in the Moline Dispatch John McCain thinks

victory in Iraq 'is finally in sight.'


the victory he envisioned still could be 'squandered by hasty withdrawal and arbitrary timelines.

Speaking yesterday in New Mexico, John McCain said of Obama's approach to our involvement in Iraq:

He's making these decisions not because he doesn't love America, but because he doesn't think it matters whether America wins or loses.

Polls show the vast majority of Iraqis want the United States out of Iraq as soon as possible. The elected government of Iraq now has called for a phased withdrawal of United States forces on a timeline very similar to the one Barack Obama has been advocating. Given these facts we have to conclude that in John McCain's mind victory and winning in Iraq have nothing to do with democracy and Iraqis running their own country. How could following the wishes of the majority of the Iraqi people and the democratically elected government of Iraq and setting up a timeline for withdrawing our forces 'squander' our victory unless that victory had nothing to do with what the Iraqi people want?

George W. Bush has often talked about our invasion and occupation of Iraq in terms of bringing freedom and democracy to that part of the world. Why haven't the media asked John McCain whether he believes in Iraqi democracy?

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