The Obama campaign has continuously tried to distort a response John McCain gave to a voter relating to American military presence in Iraq. McCain was obviously equating a longterm presence to our current military presence in countries like Germany, Bosnia and South Korea.
What makes this disingenous campaign lie even more egregious is that the Obama campaign is willingly distorting the comment to create a strawman they can attack… a strawman that matches the comments of an Obama campaign military advisor.
Here’s the McCain quote that the Obama campaign has been using to claim McCain wants a 100 year way in Iraq:
E.H.: President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for 50 years –-
Mr. McCain: Maybe a hundred. We’ve been in South Korea, we’ve been in japan for 60 years. We’ve been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That’d be fine with me as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. Then 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 Queda is training, recruiting, equipping and motivating people every single day.
It’s the exact same idea that retired Gen. Merrill A. “Tony” McPeak, one of Barack Obama’s leading military advisers and his campaign co-chairman conveyed when he said:
“We’ll be there a century, hopefully. If it works right.”
And to satisfy those who will claim I’m taking his quote out of context to make it sound like McCain’s point, here’s the context in which McPeak made the comment:
And hopefully, over time they can be brought along like Japan and Germany - Japan and Germany were relatively easy, I think, and South Korea.
Yet, when McCain says it, the Obama campaign tries to make it a campaign issue.
And this isn’t just a case of an Obama advisor saying something contradictory prior to joining the campaign. A key adviser to Senator Obama’s campaign is recommending that America keep between 60,000 and 80,000 troops in Iraq for years.
The paper, obtained by The New York Sun, was written by Colin Kahl for the center-left Center for a New American Security. In “Stay on Success: A Policy of Conditional Engagement,” Mr. Kahl writes that through negotiations with the Iraqi government “the U.S. should aim to transition to a sustainable over-watch posture (of perhaps 60,000–80,000 forces) by the end of 2010 (although the specific timelines should be the byproduct of negotiations and conditions on the ground).”
Oh, and Mr. Kahl isn’t just a random low-level campaign aide… he is the “day-to-day coordinator of the Obama campaign’s working group on Iraq“.