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Old 02-27-2009, 12:12 PM   #1
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McCain to Obama: I Will Follow!

more evidence of the vacuity of the McCain campaign, and more evidence that Obama has been right all along. i do worry about a bloodbath when American troops start to leave, but what's the alternative? pouring endless blood and treasure into a sinkhole of ancient ethnic hatreds is akin to the little Dutch boy and the dike.



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McCain backs Obama Iraq pullout plan
Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:26am EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain, who battled Barack Obama hard on the campaign trail on the Iraq war, said on Friday he supports President Obama's plans to remove U.S. combat forces from Iraq over 19 months.

"Overall it is a reasonable plan and one that can work and I support it," McCain told Reuters.

McCain, as a presidential candidate in the 2008 election, had argued that Obama was naive on national security and criticized his pledge to pull U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months.

Asked about those remarks and his position today, McCain said: "Let me just remind you again, this is dramatically different, this is significantly different, this plan compared to his campaign pledge."

McCain was encouraged that Obama's plan will leave up to 50,000 troops remaining in Iraq after the 19-month pullout of other forces is complete. Those forces will train and equip Iraqi forces and conduct limited counterterrorism operations.

He was among congressional leaders briefed on the plan at the White House on Thursday by top defense officials.

"The military commanders have said there is a moderate risk and so I think it can work," he said.

McCain said one factor that sold him on the plan was that there will be "very little drawdown between now and the national elections" that are scheduled in Iraq in December.

McCain, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, also acknowledged a changing Afghanistan situation.

Obama has made clear his military priority is Afghanistan and said he will send 17,000 additional troops there to bolster efforts to turn back an intensifying Taliban insurgency.

McCain's support didn't extend to the $3.55 trillion budget blueprint Obama announced on Thursday. He said he was "deeply concerned about never-ending deficits."

The Arizona senator also lashed what he called wasteful spending in a budget bill for the current fiscal year. He said he was sending out by Twitter a Top 10 list of what he considers the most egregious pet projects pushed by lawmakers. ( - that's what the kids like - Twitter!)

One of those, he said, would allocate $1.7 million to researchers in Iowa to study pig odor.
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more evidence of the vacuity of the McCain campaign, and more evidence that Obama has been right all along. i do worry about a bloodbath when American troops start to leave, but what's the alternative? pouring endless blood and treasure into a sinkhole of ancient ethnic hatreds is akin to the little Dutch boy and the dike.
Apparently, our good buddy the Huck-ster is up in arms about this. According to FAUX News, he is worried about a socialist America. Yeah, Mike, I'm worried about my civil rights being taken away 1984-style if you ever get in office. We all have our paranoias.

ETA: I'm a huge fan of this thread title.
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you're the only one who responds to my threads anymore!
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Not so fast, there, Irvine.

So McCain's on twitter now? That's just so precious I can't stand it.
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So McCain's on twitter now? That's just so precious I can't stand it.


i know, right? i guess he really is "down" with all of today's "technology." it's not staged at all!

i can't wait to see his Facebook status updates.

mine is all about how i now have to Pay It Forward after a strange incident at The 'Bucks yesterday morning.

true story. someone said to me, exact words, "all you have to do now, is Pay It Forward."

and i was all ... well, shoot.
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i know, right? i guess he really is "down" with all of today's "technology." it's not staged at all!

i can't wait to see his Facebook status updates.

mine is all about how i now have to Pay It Forward after a strange incident at The 'Bucks yesterday morning.

true story. someone said to me, exact words, "all you have to do now, is Pay It Forward."

and i was all ... well, shoot.
Damn, did someone pay for your latte? No one's ever done that for me. McCain just downloaded the new Flo Rida song on his iPod. He's all up in this shiz-nit.
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you're the only one who responds to my threads anymore!
It's 'cause I you.
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Damn, did someone pay for your latte? No one's ever done that for me. McCain just downloaded the new Flo Rida song on his iPod. He's all up in this shiz-nit.


i had gotten a gift certificate for V-Day, and i had used it twice. i used it again and the barrista was all, "move along, next" and so i went to wait for the latte, and then the barrista was like, "oh, your card was $1.60 short" and i walked over and the lady behind me had paid it. and i was all, "here's $2, thanks." and she was all, "no, don't worry about it. just promise me you'll do the same for another person and Pay It Forward."

and i was like, "... really?"

it was nice and yet silly at the same time.
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i had gotten a gift certificate for V-Day, and i had used it twice. i used it again and the barrista was all, "move along, next" and so i went to wait for the latte, and then the barrista was like, "oh, your card was $1.60 short" and i walked over and the lady behind me had paid it. and i was all, "here's $2, thanks." and she was all, "no, don't worry about it. just promise me you'll do the same for another person and Pay It Forward."

and i was like, "... really?"

it was nice and yet silly at the same time.
Let's just hope you don't get stabbed in a middle school knife fight. I'd be worried if start running into Kevin Spacey.
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i just totally Paid It Forward to the Chinese delivery guy.

make of that what you will.

i am now totally free of any obligations to my fellow human beings.
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i just totally Paid It Forward to the Chinese delivery guy.

make of that what you will.

i am now totally free of any obligations to my fellow human beings.
Sweet. Can I have some money?
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Sweet. Can I have some money?


you'll have to bring me steamed dumplings first.
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you'll have to bring me steamed dumplings first.
Would you settle for a Mexican pizza and some pinto beans?
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McCain was encouraged that Obama's plan will leave up to 50,000 troops remaining in Iraq after the 19-month pullout of other forces is complete. Those forces will train and equip Iraqi forces and conduct limited counterterrorism operations.

He was among congressional leaders briefed on the plan at the White House on Thursday by top defense officials.

"The military commanders have said there is a moderate risk and so I think it can work," he said.
Very encouraging.

Kudos to the President and our military leaders and service people
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