Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

February 27, 2009

McCain backs Obama

Filed under: Iraq — louisproyect @ 9:22 pm

McCain backs Obama’s Iraq troop withdrawal plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. John McCain, who lost the presidency to Barack Obama last fall, is supporting Obama’s new plan to pull most U.S. troops out of Iraq by the fall of 2010.

McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview Friday he thinks the plan is “significantly different” from the one Obama pushed during his campaign.

During the campaign, Obama had advocated a complete withdrawal within 16 months of taking office.

McCain said that members of Congress were told in a White House meeting Thursday that the majority of troops in Iraq now would be kept there through the end of the year to protect against violence during Baghdad elections next December. Then, even as troops begin to leave, some 50,000 forces would be kept behind to advise the Iraqi troops.


  1. If I recall correctly, ruling class opinion, including that of the Bush regime, which began implementing it, came around to this perspective last year. Obama even went on TV to hail the “surge” as a smashing success. So anyone who took the trouble to actually listen to what Obama was offering, besides banal platitudes about “hope” and “change,” could have seen what was coming.

    Needless to say, none of this stopped the liberal-left “progressive” milleau from supporting Obama an “anti-war” candidate during the elections as opposed to candidates like Nader and McKinney, who actually opposed the war, rather than opposing losing the war. Of course, they would have done the same for Hillary Clinton…or any Democrat for that matter. Now the reformists are actually opposing antiwar activists marching on DC against Obama’s wars on March 21st!

    How low can they go? Before Obama is done, they’ll need a step ladder to look a cockroach in the eye!

    Comment by MN Roy — February 27, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

  2. Obama also looks to be continuing other nefarious foreign policy trends of the Bush era:

    President Obama already sent a clear signal about his attitude toward this counter-insurgency culture by asking Defense Secretary Gates and, more recently, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, Michael Vickers, to stay on at the Pentagon. Likewise, the Obama-Biden counterterrorism factsheet explicitly links the need to “prepare the military to meet 21st century threats” to the perceived need to create “a broader set of capabilities, as outlined in the…new counterinsurgency manual.”

    The Obama-Biden policy platform is clearly committed to democracy promotion. Implicitly linking democracy promotion to counterinsurgency efforts, one platform statement called for the increased integration of “civilian and military capacities to promote global development and democracy.” It also calls for the creation of the position of “Deputy National Security Advisor empowered to develop integrated strategies to build capable, democratic states and ensure policy coherence in the application of development and democracy programs as key elements of U.S. power.”

    Obama also stated he will “significantly increase funding for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and other nongovernmental organizations.” In a similar vein, in its “legacy booklet,” the outgoing Bush administration has touted its increase of NED funding by 150% since 2001.”

    from Anthony Fenton, “Bush, Obama and the Freedom Agenda”

    This stuff about integrating various foreign policy apparatuses is straight out of Joseph Nye’s playbook, who calls these new modalities of imperialism “smart power”.

    Comment by Nik Barry-Shaw — March 2, 2009 @ 6:47 am

  3. Here’s a (braindead, racist, sexist, imperialist) sample of what can be expected from those 50,000 forces that will be “kept behind to advise the Iraqi troops”:

    Comment by tim — March 2, 2009 @ 8:14 am

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