With age, comes wisdom, or, in the case of GOP Nominee John McCain, foolish idealogical zealotry. While he rightly claims that Congress is "disconnected" from the American people on issues such as wasteful spending, McCain fails to acknowledge that the same is true for the pointless American-led war and occupation in Iraq, the torture of pow's, and the unconstitutional wiretapping done in the name of "national security."
Before I begin this, though, I believe it is necessary to clarify something. The terms "victory" and "defeat," as referred to by John McCain, have no relevance to the war in Iraq and President Bush's orwellian "war on terror."
According to John McCain, "We will not allow the United States of America to lose this war." I am not sure who Mr. McCain means by "We," or what he means by "lose the war," but as far as national stature is concerned, continuing the war would be far worse than ending it.
The problem with McCain's frequent referrals to "victory" in Iraq, is that the term "victory," in undefinable.
The "middle east," that is, the geographical area of the world where Iraq is situated, has one of the planet's highest birth rates and is getting younger every day.
This poses an incredible problem to our current position in Iraq. Our expeditionary force totals around 150,000. The amount of young men in the middle east runs in the tens of millions.
Since most of the young people in the middle east have no means of finding employment due to region's economic impoverishment, terrorist leaders thus have readily abundant supply of potential recruits right at their fingertips.For an unemployed young person in Iraq who is looking for something to blame for his unfortunate situation, the massive U.S. occupation force is far too good a target to pass up.
When offered by a terrorist recruiter a chance to expunge this offensive presence, while at the same time earning a generous financial stipend, a desperate young person, thinking that the U.S. is the cause of his cruel economic misfortune, is given a choice that anyone in economic desperation would find hard to pass up.
Bankrolled by wealthy patrons and given an unending recruiting pool due to harsh economic conditions, terrorist organizations in Iraq have thrived, sending thousands of our troops to early deaths.
Politicians like John McCain who think that our Army of 150,000 will ever be able to create a "peaceful Iraq" in a region where our enemies number in the never-ending millions, are sadly mistaken.
By staying in Iraq, we only embolden the terrorist forces and allow them to increase their numbers. In continuing this course, we also increase the hate and resentment felt against our country by the citizens of the region, who are fed constant propaganda showing us an in imperial invader, which our occupation of Iraq only confirms.
John McCain talks about fighting "terror," but has chosen to do so by supporting policies that have antagonized the people of the middle east against us and allowed our enemies to boldly increase their numbers.
Up until now, Republicans have kept our country safe by doing precisely the opposite of what Mr. McCain now porports. After American troops were deployed to Lebanon in 1983, they were bombed by terrorists and 241 U.S. Marines were killed. Republican President Ronald Reagan, who had ordered the deployment in the first place, decided to withdraw from the country, saying that "We do not understand the complexities of middle east politics."
Then-Congressman John McCain greatly infuriated Republican leaders in 1983 by trying to thwart President Reagan's deployment of troops in Lebanon right from the start. Mr. McCain argued then that Lebanon posed no threat to our national security and that deploying troops there would only antagonize people against and create more enemies than we already had.