Tuesday, July 22, 2008

No NYT Op-Ed Piece for John McCain

Hey, it's not easy getting an op-ed piece in the NYT

We haven't gotten ours yet.  Sure, such luminaries as Barack Obama, James Baker & Warren Christopher, and some soldiers themselves have weighed in on the subject of the war. 

But no go for John McCain, the New York Times Politics Blog reports:

On Mr. McCain’s Op-Ed, Matt Drudge posted online what he said was the original submission by Mr. McCain. According to his post, the senator wrote about Mr. Obama: “I am dismayed that he never talks about winning the war — only of ending it… if we don’t win the war, our enemies will. A triumph for the terrorists would be a disaster for us. That is something I will not allow to happen as president.”

Didn't people say that about Vietnam?  Anyway, McCain's piece offers little in the way of new solutions, or even new information, which was the NYT's stated reason for not wanting to publish it:

[T]he article would have to articulate, in concrete terms, how Senator McCain defines victory in Iraq. It would also have to lay out a clear plan for achieving victory — with troops levels, timetables and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate. And it would need to describe the senator’s Afghanistan strategy, spelling out how it meshes with his Iraq plan.

That aside, there seems to be a bit of double speak: 

No one favors a permanent U.S. presence, as Senator Obama charges. A partial withdrawal has already occurred with the departure of five “surge” brigades, and more withdrawals can take place as the security situation improves. As we draw down in Iraq, we can beef up our presence on other battlefields, such as Afghanistan, without fear of leaving a failed state behind. I have said that I expect to welcome home most of our troops from Iraq by the end of my first term in office, in 2013.

Oh, then what happened to this?:

[We might be in Iraq] maybe a hundred years . . . Could be 1,000. Could be 1,000 years or a million years . . . A thousand years. A million years. Ten million years.

Hey, don't pout.  We hear USA Today is hiring.

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