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McCain Has Lost It

I overheard a sound bite of John McCain on one of the Sunday gabfests during NPR’s Sunday All Things Considered. He said that we needed to send in more troops and get rid of al-Sadr and the Mahdi militia.

John, we don’t have any more troops. The current level of 150K+ has been achieved by not letting people leave when their replacements arrived. The Republican executive didn’t expand the number of troops, and has been poaching the Reserves and Guard to reach this level. John, your party has controlled Congress in the 5 years since 9/11 and you haven’t pushed the executive to expand the armed forces, so this is your problem if there aren’t enough troops.

John, we don’t have the troops to neutralize the Mahdi Army, and suggesting that the US attempt to again take action against Hojatoleslam Sayyid Muqtada Al-Sadir, a direct descendant of the Prophet, the son and son-in-law of martyred Grand Ayatollahs, is grounds for commitment. Do you have any idea how much of the Iraqi army and police are loyal to al-Sadr before the government? Do you understand that al-Sadr is the only major figure in Iraq who wants to maintain it as a single nation?

Retire, John. Go away and shut up before you get more American service men and women killed with your foolishness. You were an airplane driver, you don’t know anything about the infantry. Ask Jack Murtha, he led ground pounders and knows what’s going on, which is why he wants our people out of Iraq.

We lost when we didn’t maintain security after the invasion, and let the Iraqi military dissolve with its weapons. We won the war, but never established the peace.

Atrios has more of the madness of John McCain.

Update: Don’t miss Steve’s latest doggerel: McLame.


1 andante { 11.13.06 at 6:09 am }

Perfect 2008 mantra –

McCain = Draft

2 Bryan { 11.13.06 at 10:22 am }

I don’t see any other way of doing what he wants, and I don’t see a draft as viable. The Shrubbery might have gotten away with it in 2002, but not today.

3 Steve Bates { 11.13.06 at 12:45 pm }

The Shrubbery has two healthy draft-age daughters, and any draft today would surely include women. Of course, The Shrubbery managed to get out of it, and out of his commitment to the Guard, too…

Sometimes I regret that I did not serve. But unlike a certain preznit, I have never refused or skipped out on any solemn obligation my country has asked of me. If I had to choose between physical disabilities like mine and moral disabilities like his… I’d take mine, thank you very much; the other kind are more painful than I could bear.

4 Karen { 11.13.06 at 1:48 pm }

I Hates McLame…he’s sold his soul to the become the very Devil (or so he thinks) – but I agree that if he keeps talking like this they ought to just commit him in one of those nice padded rooms for the truly delusional (don’t wanna let him harm himself or others…now do we!)

5 Bryan { 11.13.06 at 4:27 pm }

Steve, don’t regret not getting called, it isn’t the barrels of laughs some people would have you believe. It’s a young person’s occupation, which is why I get out of sorts when they start sending people over 40, often well over 40, to a combat zone. They aren’t a help when the bullets fly, they are another concern that you don’t need.

They could have gotten all the people they needed if they had made the call, but they didn’t. If they had gone in with 500K and clamped down, we might not be in the trouble we have today, but you can’t know for sure, so there’s no point in discussing it outside of war game circles.

I only bring up a draft because that is the only way the military will get the recruits it needs and the Bush girls would be sitting on the “group W bench” [was Arlo psychic?].

Karen, I think he’s taken himself out of the running by his hard right turn. As I said over at the Grumpy Forester, the Republicans are bleeding their centrists and moderates which will cost them for a very long time.