February 10, 2008

McCain Pulling Us Out Of Iraq

I don’t want McCain to be president, but you know what would be funny?

If McCain were to become president by talking about how he supports Bush’s prosecution of the war, and how we should have more wars, and then somehow he gets elected on that platform.

And then, he gets into office and doesn’t reveal a timetable, but pulls us out of Iraq soon after he gets settled in.

He could get away with this. He’s got no obligation to save face on the Iraq war, nor to prop up Bush. Especially not after the election. And he might get some advice that the money could be letter used building American infrastructure and other measures to blunt the impact of a recession and shore up domestic prosperity.

It’s very unlikely he would do this; he was for an Iraq war before even 9/11. He’s shown no sign of wanting to end the war.

However, he could do it and I think the conservative backlash would be vocal, but brief.

I can dream, can’t I?

BTW - the most we’ll get from any president we elect in 2008 is going to be some sort of phased withdrawal, because of the fear that Iran will take over and there will be a conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran. But the milestones for the withdrawal and speed will likely vary. While I am excited to see the presidency turn over, I have a feeling we’re saddled with the albatross of Iraq no matter what happens. And for a good deal of time (and cost) into the future.

Posted by James at February 10, 2008 4:49 PM
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It'll take a Republican to get us out of Iraq, just like it took a Democrat to "end welfare as we know it."

It will take a Democrat to privatize Social Security - which I expect to happen if Hillary Clinton wins.

Posted by: David Grenier at February 10, 2008 5:30 PM

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