McCain apes Bush on Iraq, as Dems stand passively by

Salon
by Gary Kamiya

02/12/08

John McCain’s Achilles’ heel should be Iraq. He is an unapologetic hawk at a time when only right-wing die-hards cling to that position. His hard-line insistence that U.S. troops must remain there until ‘victory,’ whatever that is, puts him at odds with a clear majority of the American people, who want the troops withdrawn soon. On the most critical issue facing the country, McCain’s position is indistinguishable from that of President Bush, whose 30 percent approval rating in a recent Associated Press-Ipso poll is at its lowest ever. With Rush Limbaugh and his ilk sulking, conservatives divided and demoralized, the war tab up to $2 trillion, and Democratic voters energized by their candidates and flocking to the polls in record numbers, McCain’s stance on Iraq should doom him in November. Yet the major polls — admittedly far from reliable this far in advance of the election — show a virtual dead heat in a hypothetical general election matchup, with McCain narrowly leading Hillary Clinton and narrowly trailing Barack Obama...

//www.salon.com/opinion/kamiya/2008/02/12/mccain_iraq_war/


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