Our state's senior senator, John McCain, made his 59th appearance on Meet the Press this week. Here's how the conversation began:
DAVID GREGORY: Welcome back to the country. You were, as I said, in Iraq and Afghanistan. You just heard David Axelrod say any withdrawal will be conditions based. Is that not enough to satisfy you?
SEN. JOHN McCAIN (R-AZ): Well, I'd like to see the president say that it's only condition based. According to Mr. Woodward's book, his problem is the political--the left base of the Democrat Party. You don't fight and conduct wars that way. You win and then you leave. And that's what we've done in Iraq.
So the question is, where has John McCain been for the last few years? When he was running for president, was he also paying attention to the world around him? Does he remember that President Bush signed a deal with the Iraqi government that called for a timed withdrawal from Iraq, not a conditions-based withdrawal? A timed withdrawal, in fact, that's still going on as scheduled, right now?
And he thinks we won in Iraq? What, exactly, does he think was the last war we really won, for that matter? We won WWII, that one is a certainty. Since then? I'm not so sure. But if his idea of winning is what happened in Iraq...well, that's not my idea of winning.
Senator? Where've you been? What news are you reading?