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.