"I believe that together these moves will give the Iraqis and Americans the best chance of success," said McCain, R-Ariz., a leading presidential contender for 2008.
McCain also took a shot at Democrats who say the United States must bring some troops home within four to six months.
"I believe these individuals ... have a responsibility to tell us what they believe are the consequences of withdrawal in Iraq," he said. "If we walk away from Iraq, we'll be back, possibly in the context of a wider war in the world's most volatile region."
The militarism that currently has a firm grasp on this country is so appalling to me that I can barely contain the anger that boils when I hear pandering lawmakers and their lobbyist enablers bitch and moan about minimum wage increases, or lower drug prices, or taking away bailouts from the obscenely rich oil companies, or the accountability of doing nothing as a U.S. city drowns.
Effed up priorities, if you ask me.
It is a problem that runs much deeper than whether or not a U.S. citizen is required to goose-step in support of our troops. The Military/Industrial Complex President Eisenhower warned against has indeed risen to power and most people either don't realize it, or don't care about the implications. If any modern lawmaker dare make comments like this, the propaganda organs in the media and the bully pulpit team in the Executive Branch would crush them without remorse.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Why? Because they are all on the payroll in some form or another. They may lose a few political battles here and there, but in the end, they will go home to millions upon millions of dollars drenched in the blood of human sacrifice.That is where we have come.
That is why we must march and support those who continue to do so everyday.
Crossposted at Booman Tribune and My Left Wing