McCain is not cool with the growing “isolationist” vein running through the GOP. I can understand that, considering he is a POW who went through things most of us could never imagine. He invoked Reagan, the Republican demigod, saying that he would be disappointed with the debate and the candidates’ not willing to “stand up for freedom for people for all over the world.”
Yikes. Honestly, it’s not about that. The candidates are picking up on Americans’ feelings. A lot of us, including Republicans, are tired of war.
Saddam and sons are dead. We helped them set up a government. What are we still doing there? Sure, we’ve “drawn down,” but at this point, shouldn’t we be able to leave? No contingent troops. Everyone home.
It’s going on 10 years. Ten. It was the forgotten war when Bush decided to go after Saddam and his make believe WMDs. Obama made good on his promise to concentrate on the war that should have been center stage. I understand that thinking, but I believe any shot we had we blew a long time ago. That said, it was a pleasant surprise that we got Osama bin Laden. Awesome! This could be the turning point – our signal to leave. al Qaeda has long since moved their headquarters, and Osama bin Laden is dead. If we stay, what are we doing? Fighting the Taliban? That is not what we signed up for. We got the guy who masterminded the attack. And we can continue keeping our eye on al Qaeda through intelligence. Time to wrap it up, and go home.
War? Not a war? The sooner Qathafi dies, the faster we can stop the air strkes. Here’s hoping.
Since we have a lot of domestic problems to deal with, maybe an isolationist mindset is needed right now. How about we spend what we’re spending on the wars to pay down our debt? How about trying to win the hearts and minds of cynical Americans instead of people a half a world away?
Americans are growing weary of war. The GOP candidates know this, and they’re using it to their advantage. It can increase pressure on Obama to start packing it up in a huge way. At this point, I really don’t care who gets us out of the wars. Just get us out.