McCain said his potential Democratic rivals have distorted his January comment that U.S. forces may need to remain in Iraq for up to 100 years. Speaking at a campaign event in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, he said that referred to a long-term American presence similar to those in South Korea or Kuwait.
‘My friends, the war will be over soon … for all intents and purposes, although the insurgency will go on for years and years and years,’ the Arizona senator said. ‘But it will be handled by the Iraqis, not by us.’
Ok, McCain, I see what you’re doing. You’re distancing yourself from the 100-years comment NOW, so that way you have plausible deniability later, when you debate your Democratic opponent–whoever that will be.
The part that gets me, though, is that McCain claims that his 100-years comment has been distorted, so what he opts for is the far-more intelligible modifier, “soon.” What does that mean? He might as well have said, “We’re kinda leaving.”
If you can’t win with specifics, go vague….
-MC Spanky McGee