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Gaffe or Straight Talk: When Troops Return Not Too Important

The ghosts of presidential elections past are coming out of the dark to go back and forth about John McCain's latest quote on Iraq. Let's check out the exchange.

On the Today show Matt Lauer asked McCain if he had a better estimate of when the troops will come home. McCain said:

No, but that's not too important. What's important is the casualties in Iraq.

Former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry responded saying:

It is unbelievably out of touch and inconsistent with the needs of Americans and particularly the families of troops who are over there. To them it’s the most important thing in the world when they come home.

And let's not leave out former Dem veep nominee Joe Lieberman, who said:

The attacks on Senator McCain this morning [are] another partisan attempt to distort John McCain’s words, to distract the American people from the fact that McCain has been both courageous and right about the surge in Iraq, and Barack Obama has unfortunately been consistently wrong.

Click here for a roundup of other reactions to the comment. Even if McCain's interview is not so bad, he's already had to spend time explaining away his "100 years" in Iraq comment. It still remains to be seen whether the "not too important" line will help him contextualise his stance, or simply provide useful fodder for Obama supporters.

Who do you agree with — John or Joe?

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raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
Here's something from Stratfor but not what I was referring to. However, it's pretty clear when you read between the lines. "The oil law would allow various regions to enter into production-sharing agreements with outside companies, which some Iraqis say could lead to foreigners reaping too much of the oil wealth. Iraqi officials claim all contracts will undergo a fair bidding process, but there are fears that American companies could be favored."
janneth janneth 7 years
Stratfor = strategic forecasting, I just found out.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
That's not to say you only watch CNN or Fox, I was just making a point that the information isn't readily available about Iraqi parliamentary sessions.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
I had to work today. M3, The Stratfor Intelligence Reports are extremely expensive and are used primarily by corporate executives who deal with foreign investments. Their site does not display sensitive information because you have to pay for that. This vote and the consequent report came out almost a year ago and if I can find it, I will certainly pass it along. I don't really care if you believe me, by the way. Being informed about the world is really an individual responsibility. If you feel like I'm lying, it doesn't really matter. The proof is out there if you do the research. But if you only watch CNN and Fox, you'll probably be in the dark most of the time.
flutterpie flutterpie 7 years
congrats cine!
flutterpie flutterpie 7 years
congrats cine!
flutterpie flutterpie 7 years
:ROTFL: i came back to this thread thinking "oh my god 169 more posts what the hell happened" i was seriously thinking a civil war broke out, glad to see that there is still some love here :WHEW:
flutterpie flutterpie 7 years
:ROTFL: i came back to this thread thinking "oh my god 169 more posts what the hell happened" i was seriously thinking a civil war broke out, glad to see that there is still some love here :WHEW:
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Hooray!
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Hooray!
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Thanks! It has been a long time coming! :medal:
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Congrats cine_lover! I just shit myself reading the comments of everyone trying to get you to platinum. Your victory lap was amazing, BTW!
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Bye Cabaker!
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Bye Cabaker!
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Thanks everyone!!!!
cine_lover cine_lover 7 years
Thanks everyone!!!!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I have to go eat dinner... see y'all later!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Syako is going to be pissed she missed it!
stephley stephley 7 years
congrats :highfive:
stephley stephley 7 years
congrats :highfive:
janneth janneth 7 years
platinum, definitely, with your silver hair and all. :fish:
janneth janneth 7 years
platinum, definitely, with your silver hair and all.:fish:
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Congrats Cine. Imagine my suprise to come back on and see you all dressed up in Platinum! It looks good on you :) Go Team Cine :pucca:
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Congrats Cine. Imagine my suprise to come back on and see you all dressed up in Platinum! It looks good on you :)Go Team Cine :pucca:
janneth janneth 7 years
i was reading this thread, the suspense was building, and then i realized that it had already changed you to platinum on your earlier posts, so i knew you did it. congrats. :bunny:
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