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Old 07-16-2008, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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7/15/2008, 4:39 p.m. EDT
The Afghan army must be doubled to about 160,000 troops, he said, and he called on foreign countries to help pay for the cost of the increase. The increase in security problems has come even with more NATO troops in Afghanistan. McCain said the area needs a supreme unified military commander in charge of all the forces in the region to mount an effective counterinsurgency program.


The border with Pakistan is particularly troublesome for U.S. anti-terrorism efforts in the region. In his town-hall comments, McCain faulted Obama for saying that he would consider unilateral military action in Pakistan to strike at al-Qaida leadership.


"In trying to sound tough, he has made it harder for the people whose support we most need to provide it. I won't bluster and I won't make idle threats. But understand this, when I am commander in chief, there will be nowhere the terrorists can run and nowhere they can hide," he said.
McCain also proposed appointing a White House czar on the Afghanistan war.



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WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2003
Afghanistan today "is a friend of the United States,"[President] Bush pointed out, and is no longer "a haven" for America's enemies.

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With so many years of experience to his credit - Has Senator McCain adequately addressed the needs in the Afghanistan theater? Is the situation in Afghanistan indicative of his leadership?
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Sounds to me like McCain is claiming Obama says he'll attack inside Pakistan (Bush has been doing that for a few months already) but only to appear tough while McCain would do it to fight the terrorists. They both agree crossing into Pakistan is something that must be done.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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Where was McCain for the last 6 years concerning Afganistan? Seems like he ignored the place.

Plus he wants 160,000 troops there. Lets see, we now have only 35,000 there and 150,000 in Iraq. So where will he get these 125,000 extra troops?
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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He was an instrumental voice in advocating the surge. He staked his political future on it. And it looks like he will reap the rewards of his intestinal fortitude and courage.......unlike Obama, the weak, liberal, empty suit.
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Did he abandon the fight in Afghanistan? Did he drop the ball? President Bush declared in 2003 - "Afghanistan today "is a friend of the United States,"[President] Bush pointed out, and is no longer "a haven" for America's enemies."

Which one is it? Is Senator McCain right or was President Bush wrong? Perhaps he should have staked his political future and our National debt on the pursuit of the enemies that attacked the United Sates?
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:59 PM
 
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After 6 long dreary years, we can all use a little less "intestinal fortitude", and a little more "common sense", in the national security arena.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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He was an instrumental voice in advocating the surge. He staked his political future on it. And it looks like he will reap the rewards of his intestinal fortitude and courage.......unlike Obama, the weak, liberal, empty suit.
The surge is not the entire war. What happened to Afghanistan that we may need to call on 120,000 more troops to rectify the situation? 5 years is a long time to ignore the Country that housed the terrorists the American people were told we were going to get, isn't it?
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:48 PM
 
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After 6 long dreary years, we can all use a little less "intestinal fortitude", and a little more "common sense", in the national security arena.
I want a leader who will stick to his guns, no matter how bad/irrational/stupid the consequences! Now that's intestinal fortitude!

Better than some flip-flopper who changes his mind every time "facts" are presented to the contrary.
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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We need leaders who are willing to stay the course.
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:45 PM
 
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We need leaders who are willing to stay the course.
Look how staying the course has worked out so far. Thank God we didn't "stay the course" in Vietnam, or we'd probably still be over there.

And it's a good thing we didn't "stay the course" with Prohibition and Jim Crow laws, too.
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