Thursday, June 12, 2008

Blood loss is "not important"

It seems to John McCain simply does not understand the concerns of the voters and he proved that again in an interview on NBC. Here's a snippet.

Here he goes again. He loves to make these claims that Iraq will be like Korea and Japan. He loves to go from point A to point C without mentioning how he will get through part B. When asked the very reasonable question if he had a better estimate as to when the troops can come home since life is apparently wonderful on the ground in Iraq, he responds

"No, but that's not too important. What's important is the causalities in Iraq. Americans are in South Korea. Americans are in Japan. American troops are in Germany. That's all fine."

People want the troops home because they don't want causalities, right? What about the fact that we have lost nearly 4095 people during this war? What about the lives that will most definitely be lost while we're trying to make Iraq like Korea or Japan? I'm shocked that he STILL does not get it. He still thinks that this is what we want. People will not wait for the slim chance that Iraq might become a stable nation.

It costs blood and lives to get there. It is important to those families.


John said...

Obama needs to stress the economy but ALSO the effects on our economy and infrastructure, alternative energy, and health care investments of our continued presence in Iraq. Most folks don't think much about the actual war anymore, which the Bush regime succeeded in making almost invisible. But they do think about health care, higher costs of living, declining wages, crumbling bridges and highways, etc.

sid said...

I agree with John (Cougar??). Most people don't realize that most of our problems with the economy can be attributed to the war. This war is the primary reason for the ridiculous gas prices. When gas prices rise, prices for all other goods and services also rise, causing inflation. This also causes unemployment to rise as more and more people cannot afford the gas to go look for a job. I am really starting to feel the impact of these rising prices and I am nowhere near as bad off as many people. Neither Obama nor McCain are going to make gas prices go down. Both of their plans are short-term fixes that will have virtually no impact on gas prices. I believe there are only really two options. The first would be to increase the supply of oil dramatically which would decrease the price. However, this is not going to happen. Iraq is capable of producing 6 million barrels a day but this has been controlled by various parties/events (OPEC, Saudis, war) since the 1928 “Redline” agreement. As long as the supply is controlled, the price will continue to rise. I read an article by Greg Palast which talks about all of this. The second option is to wean ourselves off gas completely. I’m not sure if or when this will happen. It seems like everyone is relying on the oil companies to discover an alternate source of fuel. Do people really think oil companies want to spend money on researching this? They like to make you think they care about this but in reality all they care about is making record profits. The less they spend on research, the higher the profits. I think Obama can actually make some progress with this by investing in research by independent companies and not through government subsidies for oil companies. This will take years to accomplish but I believe it is the only way to solve the problem. I am not sure what the solution is for the short-term, but we need to seriously focus on the long-term. However, if McCain is elected you count on at least 4 more years of no progress in this area. How much more can we take?

sid said...

Here is a link to the Palast article:

sid said...

Here is a link to the Palast article:

Harriet said...

John is Romeiser this time, I believe.