Skip to comments.McCain speech at VMI... MUST READ.. FINALLY SOMEONE CALLS THE DEMS OUT... NO PUNCHES PULLED.
Posted on 04/12/2007 6:40:52 AM PDT by HamiltonJayEdited on 04/12/2007 7:01:11 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
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I'd definately say this is a MUST READ... This is the sort of things Bush and others should have been out saying in front of cameras for a long time now.
I applaud McCain for falling the liars and traitors out for what they are.
Agreed. I am certainly no big fan of McCain but credit where credit is due and it’s definately due here.
No a McCain fan here, either.
But, he just went up two points in my book.
I am stunned that USA today would print this.
Its simply the transcript... I don’t know what if any articles have been published on this.... This speech should be read/heard by everyone... it should be front page news.. he effecitively just called the Democrats traitors, so I suspect this speech will get burried and never heard from again.
This is his strategy to get back into our graces.
I’m not biting.
Well, the President has been saying these things since 9/11.
Did you mean “strategery”, Nextrush? :)
Bump and Mark!
Ya gotta admire his gutsiness, I plan on sending the URL to everyone I know. If the Dem candidates can start on their smear campaign early, I can start to alert my friends early.
Thanks for posting this.
My main questions is.....Where the hell is Bush on this. As the President, he needs to be saying these things. By keeping his mouth shut, it makes him appear weak. Attack the back-stabbers in Congress and destroy their credibility.
I too have profound doubts about a lot of what Sen. McCain has done during his time in the Senate, but when it comes to sheer admiration for a man who is real, true hero he is at the top my list!
I regret that he has taken stands that make it impossible to vote for him in the primaries. But let me hasten to add that if he turns out to our candidate then he has my vote in an instant!
I also regret that Bill Bennett has trouble understanding how I feel about Sen. McCain. I love the man, I see him as a true hero, but he is not the person I would support as my nominee for president. Although I must admit it’s fun to entertain thoughts of him in the Oval Office. Imagine what a thorn in the flesh he would be for our enemies, foreign and domestic!
Is there a link?
McCain has done everything in his power of the years to make himself palpable to the mushy middle and even the left. Now that he’s seeing he will never be in the White House, perhaps he feels free to say what he really thinks. Although he’s been a staunch supporter of the war. Don’t forget his great Convention speech of 2004.
Pelosi and co. ought to be in jail.
In Washington, nothing comes easier to some political pundits than mindless cynicism. But some politicians advocate certain policies because they believe them to be the right thing for the country, even if they don't play tremendously well with the focus groups. In his address yesterday to cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, Sen. John McCain demonstrated that kind of genuine statesmanship -- a willingness to tell unpleasant truths regardless of the political consequences.
In many ways, Mr. McCain delivered the speech on the war that President Bush should have given months ago, challenging congressional Democrats to do the right thing and approve adequate funding for the war effort without imposing conditions that will likely result in an American defeat. "Responsible political leaders, statesmen, do not add to the burden our troops carry. That is what Democrats, intentionally or not, have done by failing to provide them with the resources necessary to succeed in their mission," Mr. McCain said. "Every day that passes without the necessary funds appropriated to sustain our troops, our chances of success in Iraq dwindle and our military readiness declines further."
Mr. McCain also said: "What struck me upon my [recent] return from Baghdad is the enormous gulf between the harsh but hopeful realities in Iraq, where politics is for many a matter of life and death, and the fanciful and self-interested debates about Iraq that substitute ... for statesmanship in Washington. In Iraq, American and Iraqi soldiers risk everything to hold the country together, to prevent it from becoming a terrorist sanctuary and the region from descending into the dangerous chaos of a widening war."
The senator watched with regret last month when the House "voted to deny our troops the support necessary to carry out their new mission" in Iraq. He noted that "Democratic leaders smiled and cheered as the last votes were counted. What were they celebrating? Defeat? Surrender?" Politicians of both parties have the responsibility to offer support "when the right strategy is proposed and the right commanders take the field to implement it, or at the least to offer an alternative strategy that has some relationship to reality." But instead of working with Mr. Bush to develop a winning strategy, the Democrats insist on debating whether Iraq is a "sideshow" or part of the "real war on terror," Mr. McCain said. But "whether or not al Qaeda terrorists were a present danger in Iraq before the war, there is no disputing they are there now and their leaders recognize Iraq as the main battleground in the war on terror."
Any voters who think that preventing defeat in Iraq should be a central concern should give Mr. McCain's brave, defiant and wise VMI speech a careful reading.
My opinion of McCainiac just went up some...
IS the full transcript.... News Searching on “McCain VMI” are bringing up some analysis... but given the absolute unapologetic body blow McCain delivered in this speech to the Dems, coverage has been insanely light. Looks like MSM is going to likely bury it.
Same here. McCain hasn't waivered in his support for the war, even though all his friends in the MSM are claiming that's the reason his campaign isn't gaining traction with the voters. I give him credit for that.
McCain has never thrilled me, but I would take him any day over Rudy or Mitt.
The problem is, if the Republicans lose the upcoming (2008) campaign, we will have lost the war. If the Dems take over both Congress and the White House, God help our country.
I agree with the other poster : this is a suck-up opportunity. Shame on the people of Arizona voting him back in, shame on those who think he might be a good presidential candidate.
If you haven't seen this yet: A campaign by active-duty troops asking Congress to drop plans for a withdrawal from Iraq. Lt. Jason Nichols, a 33-year-old naval projects officer who has been in Baghdad since mid-January, said the goal is to keep lawmakers focused on letting the military finish its mission in Iraq, and not prematurely declare failure
Oh, but wait a minute, to most on FR (especially the Bushbots) “McCai-nuts-insane-queeg-CFR” et al is a “traitor” who would be worse than Hillary, Kerry, Kennedy, Bin Laden, Hitler, Stalin, et al, ever thought of being... NOTHING he says is worth anything < /sarc >
McCain is now on my “Maybe” list - still like Fred T and Mitt.
For all of our differences with him, McCain is a true Patriot, and always has been. Those who can’t see that are blind.
A post-WATERGATE Democrat Congress, led by Sen. TED KENNEDY, cut-off all U.S. Funding for the then Free South Vietnamese to fight for their own Freedom with =
Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Edcuation (SLAVE LABOR) Camp
..”JOURNEY from the FALL”.. MoviePremieres = Fall of Saigon CLARITY..
What price for US to pay now
in a new time of war
in a new century
with our own Freedom
now directly at stake
right here at home..?
...the Enemy is now within
...and always has been..?
He’s gambling on this line of attack to save his campaign but I’m still glad he said it.
Yea I know, about 4 of em have shown up on this thread already.... but what can ya do? Cynics will always be among us... and usually they don’t wind up accomplishing much.
“This is his strategy to get back into our graces.”
Whatever his motive may (or may not) be, just be glad he said it. It is high time someone did.
RAT answer: “But a U.S. defeat is the only thing that will get us the total power we crave!”
MEL’s -PASSION- sparked by -WE WERE SOLDIERS-
If McCain is the nominee, I will support him, albeit with my eyes wide open. He will be vilified by the press as soon as he accepts at the convention.
I don't forget how many things he has done to stab the President in the back. I consider him disloyal to the party and the President on many things, but he has always supported the war and the military, and for that reason alone he would be head and shoulders above ANY democrat who will run.
That's right! There have been times in the last 6 years when I'd get so angry at McCain that I'd scream. But he has always been a supporter of the President as far as the war is concerned and he has never backed down in that support.
There are very few men who can really appreciate what McCain suffered at the hands of the North Vietnamese. He never broke. He was a patriot then and is one now. I probably won't vote for him in the primary but if he is our candidate in the general I will support him without hesitation.
This is what he has said all along, it is nothing new. Any of the other Republican Senators could have and should have given this speech. They did not, they will not. After opposing him for 25 years I may just vote for the son of a birch.
Most of our candidates say and do a mixture of right and wrong. Of course, we have to form our overall opinion on the sum total of their deeds... good and bad... then and now.
All too often, we don't give credit when credit is due... and we should.
I'd hope that others applied that to me as I work through tough issues.
mccain showed something here with this speech. finally someone said what needed to be said. i just cant believe the usa today printed it.
McCain may not be the most loved candidate among conservatives because he stabbed the President so many times in the back on other issues, but on the War he is one of the strongest supporters and because the War on Terror is the most important issue of our time, we should be grateful for Senator McCain and his steadfast support for the War. Only a minority of Patriots is supporting the war and he is one of them.
WHAT THE HELL.. what MODERATOR is removing text for a PUBLIC TEXT TRANSCRIPT?????
Jim you need to get your mods under control, this is rediculous.
Doesn’t matter if the TRANSCRIPT is at USA TODAY or CSPAN.. its a PUBLIC SPEECH TRANSCRIPT, not a COPYRIGHTABLE DOCUMENT OWNED BY THE PAPER PUBLISHER!
I am not going to support McCain for the nomination, but if he gets it, I can now vote for him without holding my nose.
IMO, it is a day late, but not a dollar short.
I watched traitor Reid response to McCain speech on Brit Hume show last night. The low life could not come up with any response but invoked the Pope name and asked Senator McCain if he wants to debate the Pope on the War issue. This was one of the dumbest statements I have ever heard in my life.