Video: Time for another distortion of McCain’s “100 years in Iraq” comment

posted at 2:58 pm on February 25, 2008 by Allahpundit

I’m glad this dropped on a day when the conservative blogosphere is busy sneering at Hillary for her cheap shot at Obama, just to highlight the contrast between the sides. As McCain has explained numerous times now, the “100 years” comment isn’t a call for another century of hot war; it’s a projection of a token presence in a stable country along the lines of our “occupation” of Okinawa, one that certainly wouldn’t require the trillions of dollars being disingenuously tossed around here. The left knows a good talking point when it sees it, though — and so does Maverick, who’s decided to run away from what he said as fast as his feet will carry him. Let me know when the left makes its stand about getting U.S. troops out of Germany and I’ll start caring about nonsense like this.

Update: Oh, and as for the vaguely derisive line about McCain’s commitment to the Iraqi people, that’s a fine way of framing the debate going forward. No more crap about threats of withdrawal constituting “tough love” to get Iraqis to compromise. If the left wants out, be plain about it: Say that we have no commitment to Iraq or that we’re perfectly happy to break it if we do, and to hell with whatever happens next. Straight talk, n’est-ce pas?


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Someone should remind her how much better she’d look in a burka, and she could use her socialized healthcare to recover from the 300 lashes the court issues her as punishment for letting herself get raped, but she’ll need a male relative to drive her to the hospital, of course…..

Alden Pyle on February 25, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Good response to the ad. The best I’ve seen.

stenwin77 on February 25, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Stenwin77 is vested in a Mav defeat. He’s been telling us for months how Mav can’t win and will get destroyed. Now his credibility(not as if he had any) is on the line as a political prognosticater. He’s very similar to how the dems are vested in defeat and would like nothing more than to see our troops beaten back in the WOT. Embarassing for sure, but when your proven wrong, most people go away. They don’t keep turning up the rhetoric. Keep it up Mav, send the dems home crying, and silence the poopooer in Stenwin77.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 25, 2008 at 4:32 PM

alles für das volk. nichts außerhalb des volk!!!

Hiney Von Pewps on February 25, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Absolutely well said and context. lewl

Branch Rickey on February 25, 2008 at 4:34 PM

If people aren’t smart enough to understand what his original remarks meant, to heck with them then.

Seriously, there comes a point where cursory examination of facts combined with generally apathy starts to hurt. Stupid people have a tough time of things in life…and if stupid people are voting based on some sound bite ideology, it’s going to be tough on all Americans.

Asher on February 25, 2008 at 4:37 PM

If people aren’t smart enough to understand what his original remarks meant, to heck with them then.

Those are the very people who are going to belive this sort of ad, many of them vote for Dems.

TroubledMonkey on February 25, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Ummm, Ms. Forrest –

Unless John McCain is the father of that baby why EXACTLY is it HIS responsibility to provide him health care?

Looking at the digs your in in this video, can’t you “afford” to take care of your own child?

I’m just sayin…

catmman on February 25, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Stenwin77 is vested in a Mav defeat. He’s been telling us for months how Mav can’t win and will get destroyed. Now his credibility(not as if he had any) is on the line as a political prognosticater. He’s very similar to how the dems are vested in defeat and would like nothing more than to see our troops beaten back in the WOT. Embarassing for sure, but when your proven wrong, most people go away. They don’t keep turning up the rhetoric. Keep it up Mav, send the dems home crying, and silence the poopooer in Stenwin77.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 25, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Wow, did I miss the election? McCain hasn’t even won the primary yet. Take your meds, we’re a long way from November. If you think it’s going to be a cakewalk to the whitehouse, you are mistaken.

I want Mccain to make some effort towards the Conservatives, which he has NOT done yet. Not everyone who disagrees with you is a Democrat. I am NOT a Democrat.

stenwin77 on February 25, 2008 at 4:53 PM

What about the children?

Django on February 25, 2008 at 4:57 PM

If this person is indeed an Iraq vet, I thank and credit her for her service. But this vid is a sub-moronic appeal to emotion, blanched and boiled of any context.

Mike D. on February 25, 2008 at 4:59 PM

we have no commitment to Iraq and to hell with whatever happens next.

Great ad.

daileyck1 on February 25, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Healthcare is a right, don’t-cha-know?
My gal Hill told me so.

sleepy-beans on February 25, 2008 at 5:37 PM

As McCain has explained numerous times now, the “100 years” comment isn’t a call for another century of hot war; it’s a projection of a token presence in a stable country along the lines of our “occupation” of Okinawa, one that certainly wouldn’t require the trillions of dollars being disingenuously tossed around here.

So, 100 years of token presence plus however many years (decades, more likely) that it takes until our presence there can by any reasonable measure be considered “token.” It’s not the 100 years that is so worrisome — it’s about as objectionable as our presence in Germany or Japan (significantly, yet not catastrophically so) — it’s about what it will take from us in terms of lives, money, freedoms, moral authority to get us to the start of that “token” presence.

Let me know when the left makes its stand about getting U.S. troops out of Germany and I’ll start caring about nonsense like this.

The left hasn’t, but the small-government right (Hot Air commenters should read: “Paultards”) certainly has — and they’re the other people who object to this “100/1000/million years” rhetoric. Of course, this ad isn’t targeted at them — this is trying to sell people on turning global warfare into domestic welfare… bleh. Iraq and Ms. Forrest’s son can each fend for themselves. I certainly don’t want to spend a dime of my own money on either.

Mark Jaquith on February 25, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Hot Girl + Military Service + Cute Baby + Vauge Misrepresentations + Liberal “Healthcare” Talking Points = Moronic Smear that only the most brainwashed of CBS News w/ Katie Couric watchers would fall for.

malan89 on February 25, 2008 at 6:06 PM

You guys should change your mantra to “We Support the Troops That Agree With Us”.

SnarkVader on February 25, 2008 at 3:54 PM

VoteVets already claimed it.

From the VoteVets panel at YearlyKos…

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=26535_Video-_YearlyKos_Military_Panel_Moderator_Shouts_Down_Soldier&only

Hiney Von Pewps on February 25, 2008 at 6:30 PM

I’m a USAF veteran. I hold a Silver Star, Bronze Star and DFC. I swore, as an officer, to uphold the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I think an attack from an alleged veteran, like Ms Forrest, qualifies. Benedict Arnold was a great officer, too, until he sold out his comrades and country for personal gain.

Your baby doesn’t have Constitutional right to health care, Ms Forrest, but you do have a parental right to provide it. You have a Constitutional right to express whatever misguided opinions you have, but those in uniform have a sworn obligation to protect that right, with their lives, if needed. Maybe you forgot that during your transition briefing. Or maybe you were just in for the money and the benefits…

I’d like to think that we’re providing more than just a self-serving, mercenary force.

creekspecter on February 25, 2008 at 7:26 PM

Someone should remind her how much better she’d look in a burka, and she could use her socialized healthcare to recover from the 300 lashes the court issues her as punishment for letting herself get raped, but she’ll need a male relative to drive her to the hospital, of course…..

If McCain becomes President the amount of Muslims he will allow immigrate into the US will be reminder enough.

aengus on February 25, 2008 at 8:12 PM

A THOUSAND years?

Did she put the decimal point in the wrong spot in her mind?

Perhaps too distracted folding the laundry while talking politics..

Reaps on February 25, 2008 at 9:12 PM

I read many of the comments but not all, so excuse me if this was already mentioned.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/25/edwardses-join-antiwar-c_n_88325.html

John and Elizabeth Edwards have thrown their support behind a new $20 million election-year campaign to press for a withdrawal from Iraq and tie the war to the faltering economy.

The Edwardses joined a conference call on Monday to discuss their efforts with the group, which includes MoveOn.org, the Service Employees International Union, VoteVets.org, and the Center for American Progress. John Edwards drew extensively from his time on the campaign trail, and spoke kindly of his former opponents who remain in the race. He claimed repeatedly that the American people will have a “very clear choice in the fall” between John McCain and the “Democratic president who will end this war.”

juliesa on February 25, 2008 at 10:22 PM

And this ad is their first effort in this campaign.

juliesa on February 25, 2008 at 10:23 PM

And Obama wants al-Qaida to take over Iraq.

Chakra Hammer on February 25, 2008 at 10:28 PM

You guys should change your mantra to “We Support the Troops That Agree With Us”.

SnarkVader on February 25, 2008 at 3:54 PM

FYI: the troops that agree with us and support this country and the fight abroad are too busy defending our freedoms and avoiding being used as pawns by liberal half-wits who don’t give a crap about them, their service or their sacrifice.

Republican on February 25, 2008 at 3:56 PM

funky chicken on February 25, 2008 at 11:06 PM

Hey, wait a minute. I thought the vets were on our side! She’s gotta be a fake.

Watchman on February 26, 2008 at 2:35 AM

What an idiot.

Jaibones on February 26, 2008 at 3:58 AM

It is wrong to assume that we can substitute universal health care for middle-east security. Iraq is the key to spreading democracy in a land that is currently bent on the destruction of western society. If we give up that goal, then no amount of health care will thwart the islamic-fascists once they get hold of nuclear technology.

dotnetfellow on February 26, 2008 at 11:15 AM

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