Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Oh, and did we mention the military? How about now?

Naturally, Sarah Palin quickly moved to the tried and test (and tired) topic of the military in her acceptance speech. It seems next to 9/11, it's the favorite topic of most Republicans. Did they invent the military or something? They sure seem to take credit for the existence of the armed forces. According to the Republicans, only the Republicans support the troops, respect the troops, enlist in the armed forces and put their country first. They just don't like to take care of their veterans when they return from war. That's right - surprise, John McCain refuses to support a bipartisan effort to modernize the GI Bill and has voted against nearly every effort to increase funding for healthcare and disability benefits for wounded soldiers.

But back to Sarah, here's what she said:

"[McCain is] a man who wore the uniform of this country for 22 years, and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who have now brought victory within sight."

So Sarah, exactly how are we defining victory these days? McCain himself doesn't seem to know. In a statement on April 8, 2008 before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Iraq, McCain cited "success" - or its variations - as the new goal for the war. At the beginning of his statement, McCain included this line: "We're no longer staring into the abyss of defeat and we can now look ahead to the genuine prospect of success." He ended as follows:

"Congress must not choose to lose in Iraq. We should choose instead to succeed."

And just for the record, I'm pretty sure NO ONE has broken faith with the troops. But nearly everyone except the Republicans have broken faith with the utterly ineffective Bush Administration.


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