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Hillary says she's staying in the race. I think this is an ill move in the world of politics, but it's not entirely her fault that I'm so annoyed by this. It's also really bothersome to me that the Superdelegates won't choose their candidates and choose a candidate to compete for the Democratic party. The level of frustration is high for two reasons:

The first one is lesser, but by no means unimportant:
  • The Super delegates are likely to lean with the majority, giving Obama victory! And you guys know how much I love and respect that man.
The second one is huge, and it's not only frustrating but embarrassing:
  • By continuing to have Hillary and Obama compete against each other, we are dividing ourselves. Republicans will find us in a much more conquerable state if we've already split ourselves as a party. By smearing the personal attributes of our candidates, we are giving McCain fuel to burn whichever candidate is ultimately decided upon by the Democratic party. The issues will seem to matter less, because everything that is heard about the Democrats is in the form of a personal attack. We won't have a chance to repair the world if we cannot behave civilly and in the interest of the causes we claim to hold so dear. At this point I see NO reason to wait for the convention, and hate to see a political platform that claims it longs for peace on earth being so hostile and caustic.


May. 8th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
Whether you like it or not, we went into a country and we TOTALLY broke it. Shattered it, quite literally with all the different factions. I believe, in the end, the greater good was served with the removal of Saddam Hussein from power.

But now, we have a responsibility to leave Iraq a much better place than we found it. WE destabilized the region. WE have to be the ones to stabilize it again. The US Trained Iraq police and military and starting to act on their own and function. That's a step towards us leaving. Many Dems argue that we should just leave. All that would do is create a vacuum of power that would lead to someone even worse taking over.

I've heard no indication that McCain would continue our presence "indefinitely". On the contrary, I doubt he could get elected without a plan to get the US out in some timeframe.

I can't pretend to know much about McCain's finance plans, so I really can't debate there.
May. 8th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)

he's since changed his public opinion, saying "the war will be over soon"
May. 8th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Well, there's a difference in permanent bases and a direct military presence. The US has bases in lots of Middle-Eastern countries. Pretty much ever country over there we have a good relationship with has a base. That's a security measure.

I doubt there will EVER be a day that there isn't one US soldier in Iraq. But, as far as "the war" (I personally feel the term is mis-used as we were at war with IRAQ and that enemy "died" when Saddam Hussein was ousted at the very latest, if not earlier), I agree with the Senator that we are closer to the end than the beginning.


Much like pineapples, I am hardcore.

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