John McCain

December 10, 2007

Senator McCain says ‘we are winning the war in Iraq.’

Senator McCain, when asked what he would do as president to repair the image of America in the Muslim world, noted that we are succeeding and winning the war in Iraq.

Well, I would do a lot of things, but the first and most important and vital element is to continue this surge which is succeeding and we are winning the war in Iraq.

That's the first thing I would do. I would make sure that we do what we can to help reconstruct the country, to help the Maliki government move forward as rapidly as possible to train the police.

But I'll tell you one other thing we're -- I'm going to do, is we're going to fight back the Democrats' efforts to set a date for withdrawal which is a date for surrender… And I'm telling you, that if we continue this strategy, we can succeed.

Since 2003, the American military presence in Iraq hasn’t solved political problems and sectarian violence in Iraq. Furthermore, an article published by the New York Times in 2006 reveals that 16 US spy agencies inside of the government contend that “the invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism, and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.”  Withdrawal is needed, not a continued surge.

September 13, 2007

McCain's New "No Surrender" Campaign

Republican Presidential candidate John McCain has introduced a new campaign slogan this week: "No Surrender."  Continuing his hardliner stance, McCain warned that troop removal would disastrous.

“If we leave, there will be chaos and genocide in the region, and we will be back,”

Senator McCain makes it clear that his presidency will ensure the continuation of the Iraq war.

September 10, 2007

McCain: "We Must Choose Not To Lose [this war]"

Continuing his support for the War in Iraq, Senator John McCain attacked Democratic presidential front runners during a speech on Saturday.  Invoking the "War on Terror" and continuing the  a "win or lose" framing of Iraq, McCain said:

"Today, leading Democratic presidential candidates question whether there is a war on terror, offer to enter into unconditional negotiations with our worst enemies, and talk about countering the forces of radicalism by advocating surrender to them in Iraq."

McCain continued by explaining that winner the war would be his responsibility as president and that war must be continued if at all possible.

"As long as there is a prospect for not losing this war, then we must not choose to lose it"

September 04, 2007

McCain jokes about draft for Mideast wars

It has only been a couple months since John McCain's infamous, awkward, and eerily prophetic "bad joke" about bombing Iran. Now McCain is joking about a draft. The News Tribune reported that, in response to a question regarding his age from a high school student, McCain responded:

"Thanks for the question, you little jerk,"

"You're drafted."

Surely, this can be written off as another bad joke. Still, let us not forget that McCain is using his campaign as a platform to argue in favor of the "troop surge" strategy and for an indefinite continuation of Iraq's occupation. McCain's comments, facetious or not, should be taken into context. Considering that Bush's war czar, Gen. Douglas Lute has stated that a draft “has always been an option on the table,” McCain's comments seem a little less tasteful. McCain also told the New Hampshire high school students:

"If this war continues much longer, there will be people in this audience who will serve in the military, who also may be going over there (in Iraq) or to Afghanistan,"

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UPDATE: A video has even turned up on Youtube:

June 23, 2007

John McCain Votes On Iraq

Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)

from OnTheIssues.org

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June 19, 2007

John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, and Thomas Tancredo On Iran & Nuclear Weapons

June 13, 2007

John McCain on Iran

“Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. We all know that. Iran continues their efforts to build nuclear weapons. Iran is now exporting lethal IEDs and jihadists and suicide bombers into Iraq, killing American soldiers.

The Iranians encouraged Hezbollah to attack Israel from Lebanon recent. Iran poses one of the greatest threats to the security of the world, and in the Middle East.

I believe the Iranians have got - we have got to bring greater pressures, diplomatic, economic, political, join with our European allies who still fear greatly the effort of the cutoff of oil from - into Europe.

o work together. If the Russians and the Chinese are not helpful to us, then we had better figure out a way to put additional pressures, encouraging democracy and freedom without Iraq, which is a very cultured - within Iran, which is a very cultured society. At the end of the day we cannot allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons...

My greatest fear is the Iranians acquire a nuclear weapon and give it to a terrorist organization. And there is a real threat of them doing that.

The trip wire is that if they acquire these weapons - and our intelligence tells us that this is a real threat to the state of Israel, to other states in the region.

But I want to emphasize, Chris, there's lots of additional efforts that can be made and must be made before we consider that option. There's lots of things we can do.

That is the, ultimately, final option. And I don't think we can exercise it at this time."

California Republican Debate, May 3, 2007

John McCain on Iran

McCain recently joked about bombing Iran at a campaign event in South Carolina.

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