Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Is McCain War Gambit Working?

A Democrat friend who was excited about Barack Obama a year ago after reading his book, "The Audacity of Hope," is now talking about voting for John McCain. Can you guess why?

It's not Pastor Wright or Rezko any of that fuss. It's the Iraq war.

This caught my attention because some commentators speculate that the majority is for winning in Iraq, and that's why McCain fares increasingly well against either or Obama or Hillary Clinton in polls. Obama recently cracked that McCain "is running for President Bush's third term," a reference at least in part to McCain's vow to see the cause through to victory in Iraq.

But the aura of Obama has not blinded some Democrats on the issue that was supposed to be the Democratic Party's strongest asset in 2008. Whatever frustration some Democrats feel toward President Bush, they don't support an immediate withdrawal.

It reminded me of an excerpt from McCain's recent major speech that I quoted on my show:

We have incurred a moral responsibility in Iraq. It would be an unconscionable act of betrayal, a stain on our character as a great nation, if we were to walk away from the Iraqi people and consign them to the horrendous violence, ethnic cleansing and possibly genocide that would follow a reckless, irresponsible and premature withdrawal.

That was my Democrat friend's concern -- leaving Iraq without securing a stable and at least nominally democratic society. We'll talk about it this week on Check with Chip.

1 comment:

OmaSteak said...

While I agree with Senator McCain's assessment, I am increasingly concerned about just what victory in Iraq will be and specific plans for gaining that victory. Senator McCain is 100% correct when he states that to date, the war and it's aftermath have been badly managed. I also have serious doubts about its current management. We still seem to be trying to do two very contradictory things there: (1) destroy/disarm outside/inside individuals/groups bent on gaining power or influence through violence; and (2) reconstruct and grow both the governmental and physical infrastructure a peaceful and productive nation requires. Let's clearly define what victory is, the specific steps required to achieve it and then implement it. Otherwise, I'm beginning to think it may actually be in our long term interest to let the Sunni and Shia decimate each other in a regional conflict.