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Published:June 13th, 2008 12:16 EST

Not Too Important When Troops Come Home From Iraq, Says McCain

By Robert Paul Reyes

"The Obama campaign -- with surrogates Sen. John Kerry, foreign policy adviser Dr. Susan Rice and former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig -- held a conference call Wednesday morning to argue McCain was `confused` about foreign policy, misunderstood the conflict in Iraq and was out of touch with the concerns of American families with loved ones serving there.

The call was held to respond to John McCain`s comments this morning in an interview on NBC`s TODAY in which he told Matt Lauer it was `not too important` when American forces could come home from Iraq and that, `What`s important is the casualties in Iraq. Americans are in South Korea; Americans are in Japan, American troops are in Germany. That`s all fine.`

Kerry said McCain`s statement was `out of touch and inconsistent` with the concerns of American families with troops in Iraq and argued the Arizona senator had continued to articulate a policy for staying in the country even though American generals have said the military could not sustain forces at the current levels."

Quotation from MSNBC First Read On Politics

Confused, Misunderstood and Out of Touch: These words could describe an Alzheimer`s patient or John McCain`s Iraq policy.

Some may take exception in describing McCain in this politically-incorrect way, but I care more about our servicemen in Iraq, than I do about the tender sensibilities of a stubborn old goat.

McCain may have visited Iraq eight times, but he`s yet to grasp the basic nature of the conflict. He can`t tell a Sunni from a Shiite, nor the difference between troops stationed in a friendly country and those in a war zone.

Yes, we still have military bases in Japan, but there are no Kamikaze pilots targeting them. Our soldiers are being killed in Iraq, because they are in the middle of an endless civil war. McCain seems to have forgotten that in war there are casualties, and the only way to prevent any more casualties is by bringing our warriors home as quickly as possible. The sun will burn out before Iraq becomes a stable and peaceful democracy like Japan or Germany. Iraq has no history nor desire for democracy,Iraqis will fight to the last man to decide if they will live in a Sunni or Shiite dictatorship.

For McCain it may "not be too important" when are troops come home from Iraq, but it`s important to the soldiers who are in their 2nd or 3rd tour of duty. It`s important for the mother who says a prayer every night for her son or daughter fighting in Iraq. It`s important for the wife who is working two jobs, trying to support her family while her husband is in Iraq. It`s important for every American who is sick and tired of our soldiers dying needlessly for Halliburton and Bush`s legacy.

In this presidential election we have a very clear choice: Do we elect an out of touch and confused warmonger who is content to let our young men and women die needlessly in Iraq for the next 100 years, or do we elect a bright statesman who has promised to bring our boys and girls home as quickly as possible?