Random thinks Obama has intentionally twisted one of John McCain’s statements on Iraq.
McCain notoriously said that U.S. troops might remain in Iraq for 100 years, adding, “That’d be fine with me, as long as Americans are not being harmed.”
Politically, it was a very foolish thing to say. The Iraq war is extremely unpopular: indeed, a new Gallup poll reports that opposition to the Iraq war is at an all-time high. Americans want U.S. troops to come home sooner rather than later.
Barack Obama and the Democrats are going to make sure that this statement sticks to McCain. As for McCain’s proviso, “as long as Americans aren’t being harmed” — Talking Points Memo gives us McCain in his own words, before pointing out how weak that escape clause is.