McCain Doubles Down On “100 Years In Iraq” Pledge
St. McCain has officially adopted "Iraq 4 Evah!" as a campaign slogan:
Republican presidential front-runner Sen. John McCain on Thursday defended his statement that U.S. troops could spend "maybe 100" years in Iraq — saying he was referring to a military presence similar to what the nation already has in places like Japan, Germany and South Korea.
This again? For the last time, no Americans were getting killed in those countries 5 years after those wars started. And there weren’t radicalized religious movements in those countries that our occupation was enraging. And two of those countries had actually, you know, declared war on us and stuff. (And by the way, why the hell do we still have troops in Japan and Germany?)
"It’s not a matter of how long we’re in Iraq, it’s if we succeed or not," McCain said to CNN’s Larry King.
Truly the words of a madman. Ahab-esque.
So it really doesn’t matter how many more Americans get killed or many more trillions of dollars it costs. Doesn’t matter if we lose another 4,000 men and women, another 30,000 wounded, spend another more trillion dollars, and kill a few hundred thousand more Iraqis. Doesn’t matter how many more thousands of jihadis our occupation of Iraq is creating. Doesn’t matter!
As long as we can spike the ball in the endzone at some point in the undefined future and say, "We won!!!!"– it’s all good.
What’s missing here, of course, is St. McCain never says precisely what "success" means, what an acceptable price to pay for that "success" is, and at what point does the price we’ve paid to date make "success" by any measure impossible.
Unfortunately for St. McCain, the rest of America has already made up its mind on the matter.