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    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Republican John McCain declared for the first time Thursday he believes the Iraq war can be won by 2013, although he rejected suggestions that his talk of a timetable put him on the same side as Democrats clamoring for full-scale troop withdrawals.


    The Republican presidential contender, in a mystical speech that also envisioned Osama bin Laden dead or captured, and Americans with the choice of paying a simple flat tax or following their standard 1040 form, said only a small number of troops would remain in Iraq by the end of a prospective first term because al-Qaida will have been defeated and Iraq's government will be functioning on its own.

    "By January 2013, America has welcomed home most of the servicemen and women who have sacrificed terribly so that America might be secure in her freedom. The Iraq War has been won," McCain told an audience of several hundred here in the capital city of a general election battleground state.

    Later, as the Arizona senator drove to the airport on his "Straight Talk Express" campaign bus, McCain was peppered by reporters with questions about the timetable. He and his aides insisted there was a difference between ending the war and bringing troops home and, as they criticize the Democrats, announcing a withdrawal upfront without regard for the military endgame.

    "It's not a timetable; it's victory. It's victory, which I have always predicted. I didn't know when we were going to win World War II; I just knew we were going to win," McCain said.

    The Vietnam veteran added: "I know from experience, you set a day for surrender — which is basically what you do when you say you are withdrawing — and you will pay a much a heavier price later on."

    In the primary campaign, McCain had criticized former Republican rival Mitt Romney for hinting at a timetable.

    Democrats challenged McCain's comments, led by presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    In a statement, the New York senator dismissed McCain and said he "promises more of the same Bush policies that have weakened our military, our national security and our standing in the world." The Barack Obama campaign said that while the candidate agrees with some of McCain's sentiments, "you cannot embrace the destructive policies and divisive political tactics of George Bush and still offer yourself as a candidate of healing and change."

    Other Democrats equated McCain's comment with President Bush's May 1, 2003, speech on the deck of an aircraft carrier displaying a "Mission Accomplished" banner.

    In his remarks, McCain peered through a crystal ball to 2013 and envisioned an era of bipartisanship driven by weekly news conferences and British-style question periods with joint meetings of Congress.

    The senator conceded he cannot make the changes alone, but said he wanted to outline a specific governing style to show the accomplishments it can achieve. He backed up his remarks with a Web ad featuring similar content.

    "I'm not interested in partisanship that serves no other purpose than to gain a temporary advantage over our opponents. This mindless, paralyzing rancor must come to an end. We belong to different parties, not different countries," McCain said. "There is a time to campaign, and a time to govern. If I'm elected president, the era of the permanent campaign will end; the era of problem-solving will begin."

    To the disdain of some fellow Republicans, the likely GOP nominee has worked with Democrats on legislation aimed at overhauling campaign finance regulations, redrafting immigration rules and regulations and implementing government spending controls.

    While that has cultivated a maverick image for McCain, the Arizona senator has also been accused of exhibiting a nasty temper — swearing even at fellow lawmakers from his own party — and unabashed partisanship.

    In particular, McCain has clashed with the leading Democratic presidential contender, Barack Obama. After tangling with the Illinois senator on lobbying reforms, McCain questioned Obama's integrity in a publicly released 2006 letter.

    McCain wrote he had thought Obama's interest in ethics legislation "was genuine and admirable," before adding: "Thank you for disabusing me of such notions." He accused Obama of "partisan posturing."

    In outlining other potential achievements of a first term in his speech, the 71-year-old McCain implicitly was suggesting he would seek a second term, an attempt to mute suggestions he would serve only four years after being the oldest president elected.

    In particular, he sees a world in which the Taliban threat in Afghanistan has been greatly reduced.

    He added: "The increase in actionable intelligence that the counterinsurgency produced led to the capture or death of Osama bin Laden, and his chief lieutenants. ... There still has not been a major terrorist attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001."

    McCain also pledged to halt a Bush administration practice of enacting laws with accompanying signing statements that exempt the president from having to enforce parts he finds objectionable.

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  • #2
    5 is less than 100 John.

    Moon

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    • #3
      So he is giving the enemy an end date now? Why does he hate America?
      Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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      • #4
        He's hedging his bets. He should be dead by 2013 considering he's older than the Moon.

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        • #5
          "If you elect me, there will be paradise on Earth by the end of my first term"

          Now that is a hopeful campaign
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          • #6
            Wut? Nobody likes my hundred year plan?

            Alright, I'll pick a random year and say it will all be wine and roses by then.

            This guy is a joke. Where'd the Republicans get him anyway? Isn't there some lying sack of shit, good haired Mormon that can run?
            From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

            For more than 20 years I have endeavored-indeed, I have struggled-along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural & substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor.


            I feel morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed.

            The path the Court has chosen lessens us all. I dissent.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sketch View Post
              "If you elect me, there will be paradise on Earth by the end of my first term"

              Now that is a hopeful campaign
              I turned this over in mid-speech and heard him talking about the U.S. being energy independent and schoolkids doing great......

              I truly thought he had lost his mind.
              "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
              --Albert Einstein

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              • #8
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                • #9
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                  • #10
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                    • #11
                      Let's see here, at the rate the Iraqis are killing each other in suicide bombings and the like, there may not be any left by that time.
                      Make America Great For Once.

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                      • #12
                        courtesy of Kah---3-3-08.

                        http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com...ves/14763.html

                        he has a lot more to say in the article than just this little sample:

                        * McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”
                        * McCain said he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as “a mission accomplished.” In March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”
                        Last edited by kjoe; 05-15-2008, 04:39 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bleacher Creature View Post
                          Let's see here, at the rate the Iraqis are killing each other in suicide bombings and the like, there may not be any left by that time.
                          Hey Mr. Anti America, don't leave us out, we have killed plenty, don't be dissin the American troops, they are doing their job!!
                          Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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                          • #14
                            He added, "I wish I could be alive to see it."
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                            • #15
                              This is an Onion style parody, right?

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