McCain took Romney's words out of context, yet McCain himself talked about benchmarks for the Iraqis a year ago, inferring that withdrawal of U.S. Forces would be the consequence for failure to meet those benchmarks (source). That's closer to "timetables" than what Romney stated.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the most stalwart supporters of the war in Iraq, said Thursday that he might propose that the Iraqi government meet certain benchmarks for the United States to continue its engagement.And if we want to talk about "buzz-words," how about the oft mentioned "path to citizenship?" Everyone knows, Senator Mcain, that "path to citizenship" was just a buzz-phrase for amnesty. Where's your straight talk express there, Senator?
Fellow senators and independent political scientists said McCain's thinking reflected growing concerns within the Republican Party about the course of the war, and also might mark a turning point for the likely 2008 presidential contender, whose previous unconditional backing of the war may have hurt his prospects.
McCain said Thursday that he hadn't yet decided on precise benchmarks. "They'd have to be specific, and they (Iraqi government officials) would have to meet them," he said.
Asked what penalty would be imposed if Iraq failed to meet his benchmarks, he said: "I think everybody knows the consequences. Haven't met the benchmarks? Obviously, then, we're not able to complete the mission. Then you have to examine your options."
McCain may have been a prisoner of war decades ago, but he's a different type of POW now: a Piece of Work.
Go away, Senator. You may have been a conservative during the Reagan Revolution, but you're nothing but a turncoat now.
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