Skip to comments.McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened
Posted on 07/19/2014 10:25:52 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, made a surprising suggestion Thursday night: If he had been elected in 2000, there might not have been a war in Iraq.
The Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, who lost his race for the GOP nomination that year but went on to become his partys nominee in 2008, made his comments in a far-reaching interview in CNN and National Journals Politics On Tap event, after this reporter asked him what would be different if he had won either in 2000 or 2008.
On 2008, McCain said national security would be different, and he delineated the many ways he would have done things differently from the victor, President Barack Obama. But when asked about 2000, McCain made the most surprising remarks. Youll find this surprising, he said, but I think I wouldve been more reluctant to commit American troops.
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uh huh, McCain loves war as long as he gets to act like war leader.
More likely we would have been screwed just as bad as we are now, only earlier.
He’s right. He would’ve had all our troops fighting in other countries by then.
Rather than hate him, which runs contrary to the Lord’s commands, let’s pray for him. He seems mentally more unfit as time goes by. He certainly doesn’t seem to have a Christian outlook on life. He’s getting up there. Let’s pray he sets his spiritual house in order before it’s too late.
As to his comments about Iraq, they are dotty. The product of a diseased mind. God can cure that too, if McCain will allow it/ask for it.
Be quiet John.
Oh blow it out your @$$ mr. song bird of nam.
So then he would have ignored the Clinton admin plan to remove saddam from power as well the UN resolution to remove?
Who approved Barack taking us to war againts Gaddafi?
What was our interest?
It led to the murder of our ambassador there in a terrorist attack.
McPain would have had a non-response to 9/11 handy.
But, John-—you told us Obama would make a fine president.
Notice it’s not, “If I’d won in 2008, this wouldn’t be happening.”
He knows damn well the beating Zero in 2008 was never on the table.
I personally wish we had elected Duncan Hunter in 08. That’s one smart and tough guy.
And the al Qaeda islamofascists would be standing on the sidewalks outside of Home Depot looking for day labor jobs, right Johnny?!
I am sure in his demented, senile war mongering old mind this revisionist history...would have happened...
Moron,he is so in love with his ugly self.McCain must stay awake at night dreaming up this kinda stuff..
From McCain’s point of view, he is. I will regret to my last breath voting for him [McCain] in’08 and Romney in ‘12. But I finally learned.
Neva happen, GI.
There was a REASON the primary voters did not flock to you in 2000, and it had nothing to do with warhawk or former prisoner status or anything like that. It went back to the “poor judgment” in the “Keating Five” case. While there was never a conviction of any of the Senators involved, still the tarnish was there, and being close personal friends with Charles Keating, who took down the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association of Irvine, California, proved to be an indelible blot.
McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might still have happened
These have exactly the same meaning...
I'm so tired of this soiled freak and his blow-hard 'old faithful' characteristics...
Tough, smart and a thoroughly decent man.
I wish I lived in a country that could elect such a man again.
had he won in 2000......America would now be speaking spanish almost exclusively!!
If Johnny had his way we’d all be speaking Arabic.
He is plum plain crazy. Nuff said.
How did CNN get an exclusive interview like McCain? (snark)
McCain is likely right. I would’ve preferred him to Obama, that is for sure.
FU McAmnesty, you worthless DemocRat.
Shame on him...
Too bad Bush didn’t ignore Clinton and the UN.
The winners from the US invasion of Iraq:
1) Iran. Saddam was their enemy. We toppled him and installed a shia gov’t led by longtime friends of Iran, and today Iraq is Iran’s closest ally.
2) China. The Iraq war cost the US more than $1 trillion. We didn’t have the money, with our debt already in the tens of trillions, so we borrowed from China - and printed dollars thru the federal reserve.
3) Islamic Christian-haters. With Saddam’s brutal, heavy hand removed, the Islamist he had repressed started running free across the country - with shias and sunnis killing each other, and jihadists from all factions ganging up against Iraqi’s Christians. Churches were destroyed and Christians were killed or driven out en masse.
By the way, I don’t remember John McCain opposing the invasion of Iraq, so I’m not sure what he’s saying now; doesn’t make sense - but that’s not unusual for him
“I would have preferred him to Obama”
But he’s talking about the difference between him and Bush - i.e., the 2000 election. He says he wouldn’t have done what Bush did, and invade Iraq.
Funny, why didn’t he say so at the time? I don’t remember him opposing Bush’’s invasion.
He voted for it twice.
We haven’t properly fought a war since WWII.
When you go to war you must be prepared to accept nothing but total victory. You don’t seek “hearts and minds.”
War is vicious, brutal and bloody business. You only go to war when you absolutely must. When you are forced to go to war you must execute war in such a way to secure complete victory as quickly as possible. Anything less increases suffering and is inhumane.
He sure wants to get troops involved now...all over the world! He wants troops in the Ukraine.
And we’d all be picking lettuce for $50 an hour.
Here’s a map of all the countries McCain wants to bomb:
IMO - Had the Bush not taken out Iraq as he did, the Caliphate would now be fully established throughout the ME Saddam was a powerful enabler of the radical Islamic forces.
Glad somebody besides me remembers that.
Some one give him his meds and send him to bed
Um, no. Saddam saw such groups as a threat to his power and suppressed them. If you are head of a state that is composed of different ethnic and religious groups, you might be hostile organizations that claim to speak for one religious group in your country and want to join up with people of the same religion outside your borders. They threaten your authority and your power base, so if you're a ruthless tyrant, you deal with them ruthlessly. Is that really so hard to understand?
McCain is saying he's like a lot of people. They went along with Bush and the war, but they wouldn't have conceived of the idea of a war of choice to replace Saddam on their own if it were up to them. I don't know if McCain is really being truthful about this: he likes military engagements an awful lot more than most people. But if what he's saying "doesn't make sense," that can be said about a lot of people when it comes to the Iraq war.
Shut up Juan, you POS.
Saddam kept the Islamists in prison, brutally repressed, or executed. That’s why Osama Bin Laden hated him. When Saddam was removed, the jihadist - both shias and sunnis - were free to go wild, with a civil war in which they slaughtered each other - and in which they jointly went after the country’s Christians, who had been relatively safe during Saddam’s years.
The big winner from the Iraq war: Iran. Saddam had been their enemy. the new gov’t that we put in, is their friend.
I’m with you. I learned my lesson. No more voting for liberals, no matter what letter follows their names.
I think of it every time I see his face on my TV screen. It makes me want to leap through it and throttle him.
Good, now I can blame his losing for every wrong since 2000.