Monday, February 25, 2008

Iraq Just Like Korea? Oh Word?

I was having a debate just the other day with Moishe about whether the Korean or Iraqi version of kimchi was better. From ABC.

John McCain, R-Ariz., Monday continued a subtle but consistent effort to walk back a comment about the Iraq war he made in January when he said the US would keep troops in Iraq for 100 years to help provide stability if it was needed.

The comment has dogged the all-but-official nominee of the Republican party for weeks.

Democrats jumped on McCain's remarks to paint him as a war monger; McCain has since tried to clarify his language.

At a Monday town hall meeting outside of Cleveland, McCain, referenced the rhetoric -- unprompted --after being asked about what specific progress he was looking for in Iraq."By the way that reminds me of this 100 year thing," McCain told the 800-plus crowd. He went on to characterize the conversation he had in Salem as a "back and forth" over the war and how long American troops would be there.

Then McCain took a step he hasn't before.

"My friends, the war will be over soon..." McCain told the crowd. "The insurgency will go on for years and years and years. But it will be handled by the Iraqis, not by us."

"And then we decide what kind of security arrangement we want to have with the Iraqis."

This, McCain has indicated, was what he was referring to in January when he said that troops could be in Iraq for 100 years.

"In Korea we've had, as you know, ever since the Korean War, we've had a military presence in South Korea. So my Democrat friends like to distort that comment."

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