March 2, 2008

VIETNAM MAY BE THE ONLY WAR ZONE WE EVER LEFT:

McCain is right about Iraq: A long-term U.S. presence is essential to securing the nation. (Jonathan V. Last, 3/02/08, Philadelphia Inquirer)

On Jan. 3 in Derry, N.H., a voter prefaced a question to McCain by saying, "President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years . . ." Here, McCain cut him off, interjecting, "Make it a hundred."

The voter tried to continue his question, but McCain pressed on: "We've been in . . . Japan for 60 years. We've been in South Korea 50 years or so. That would be fine with me, as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. It's fine with me, I hope it would be fine with you if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al-Qaeda is training, equipping and recruiting and motivating people every single day."

McCain's analysis is, objectively speaking, exactly correct. Throughout history, U.S. troops have remained in the field long after the conclusion of successful wars.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 2, 2008 7:22 AM
Comments

Remaining is the only way to make sure it stays successful.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 2, 2008 8:44 AM

"VIETNAM MAY BE THE ONLY WAR ZONE WE EVER LEFT:" Not if we let the left back in.

Posted by: erp at March 2, 2008 11:28 AM
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