The remarks about spending 100 years in Iraq occurred during a January town hall meeting in New Hampshire in which the Arizona senator said he’d be fine with a long-term U.S. commitment in Iraq. “President Bush has talked about our staying for 50 years, maybe 100. We’ve been in Japan for 60 years, in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or killed,” McCain said at the time. debate on 100 years in Iraq
* I hate to tell McCain but he is the one who does not have a clue. Past military History does not matter. This is no Germany! We are not talking about Korea! We are talking about the middle east. 100 years would be a gross under estimate. We are not talking just about Iraq or the middle east! Bush is doing his damnedest to ensure we have a 100 years world war!
In the past talking about President Medvedev Mr Putin was sharply critical of both Nato and Kosovo as he addressed reporters after his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. As well as restating Russia's objections to independence for Kosovo, he also hit out at Nato enlargement, suggesting that as it grew, the alliance was seeking to make itself a substitute for the United Nations. "You get the impression that attempts are being made to set up an organization that would substitute for the UN," Mr Putin said, warning that if that happened "the potential for conflict would only increase". no Russian thaw no cooperation
** Despite knowing he is egging Russia towards world war what a coincidence. Today is April Fools Day and the Chief Fool pushes the drive towards world war a lot further! President Bush championed expansion of NATO further into the former Soviet Union on Tuesday and declared that Russia "will not have a veto" over the alliance's decision this week about whether to put Ukraine and Georgia on a path to membership.
Appearing alongside President Viktor Yushchenko, Bush portrayed NATO membership for the two former Soviet republics as part of a new security architecture for Europe and not a threat to Moscow, which has threatened to target missiles against its former territories if they join. Bush rejected Russian suggestions that he soft-pedal the issue in exchange for a deal on missile defense or Afghanistan. "I strongly believe that Ukraine and Georgia should be given MAPs," he said, referring to "membership action plans," a process for NATO candidates. "And there's no tradeoffs. Period. And I told that to President Putin." Recounting a recent telephone conversation, Bush said he told Russia's Vladimir Putin: "You shouldn't fear that, Mr. President. After all, NATO is an organization that is peaceful."
But the issue is highly sensitive for the Kremlin, which over the past decade has watched with increasing irritation as a Western alliance formed to oppose it during the Cold War has reached closer and closer to its borders. Over the past decade, NATO first admitted several Eastern European nations that were once satellites of Moscow and then, six years ago, gave membership to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the three Baltic states that were part of the Soviet Union until its breakup in 1991. Ukraine, in particular, has historically been a much more central part of the Russian sense of empire, which is why both nations consider this a critical moment in their mutual history. Yushchenko, the Western-oriented banker who was elected president after leading the Orange Revolution that toppled a pro-Russian government in late 2004, stressed that Ukraine needs NATO to ensure its final break from Moscow. Knowing Ukraine is central to Russia Bush push's for NATO membership
In a nutshell despite McCain quibbling over our past military exploits in regard to the 100 tears in Iraq statement I have to tell you that that is the very least of our worries on this fragile planet as Bush prepares to worsen it with his 100 years war of the worlds!