Or, at least that’s what he told the Today Show this morning:
Q: A lot of people now say the surge is working.
McCAIN: Anyone who knows the facts on the ground say that.
Q: If it’s working, senator, do you now have a better estimate of when American forces can come home from Iraq?
McCAIN: No, but that’s not too important. What’s important is the casualties in Iraq. Americans are in South Korea. Americans are in Japan. American troops are in Germany. That’s all fine.
Yes, Senator, bringing our troops home does matter–we’ve sacrificed far too many lives and have far too little progress to show for it.
The Iraqi government knows that, under Bush and McCain, our troops would remain in Iraq indefinitely. I mean, McCain is referencing Japan, Germany and Korea, where American troops have been for decades (of course, without the massively high casualties we’ve experienced in Iraq).
It’s been over five years since we went into Iraq, and ever since the Iraqi government has used American soldiers as a crutch. It’s time that they step up, secure their own country and negotiate political reconciliation. Something has to change–there’s no question that our current policy isn’t working, and that following McCan’s plan to continue those policies until something magically changes is a fallacy.
So yes, Senator, American casualties matter. And that’s exactly why bringing our troops home matters–so America doesn’t lose any more of it’s sons or daughters following the same failed policies George Bush implemented.
Thankfully, earlier today the Obama campaign responded to this ridiculous statement:
On an Obama campaign conference call with reporters just now, prominent Obama supporter John Kerry unleashed blistering criticism of McCain over the comments.
Speaking of military families, Kerry said: “To them it’s the most important thing in the world when they come home.”
Kerry also cast the comments as proof that McCain is befuddled about the situation our military finds itself in. “Our generals have made it crystal clear that we cannot sustain our forces in Iraq at this level,” he said.
“Senator McCain, it is important when they come home,” Kerry concluded. “It is important when we can revitalize our military.”