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The Republican National Committee is thankful today that we don’t give breathalyzer tests to measure the amount of Konservative kool-aid coursing through their icy veins, Campaign Jousting Returns to Iraq War

After a strong push from Sen. John McCain’s allies, the war in Iraq has moved back to center stage in the presidential election, with McCain attacking Sen. Barack Obama for making up his mind about the war without visiting the war zone and Obama charging that McCain has yet to learn the lessons of President Bush’s mistakes.

“The next commander in chief is going to have to make decisions that will either lead to peace and security in Iraq or chaos and conflict,” said Alex Conant, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, sounding a theme that Republicans have pushed all week. “The voters need to know how the candidates will make that decision. And the fact that there are 2-year-old Iraqi children who weren’t born the last time Obama was in their country raises questions about what he is making his decisions on.”

Please, please, please let the Kool-Kids keep making references to peace, children and security, ‘Silent victims’: What will become of Iraq’s children?

Mustafa Karim, a fourth-grader, now lives with family members in a squalid camp in eastern Baghdad where displaced Shias go after fleeing their homes, often after relatives have been killed.

The young boy’s eyes fill with tears when he recalls the circumstances that led to his exile.

“They killed my father and uncle in front of my eyes,” he says.

He then breaks down sobbing. He can no longer speak. The anguish is unbearable.

Such stories are not uncommon in Iraq four years after the U.S.-led invasion. Health officials say the daily hardships — bomb blasts, gunfire, killings of family members and sectarian violence — are taking an increasing toll on Iraq’s children.

Hundreds of thousands of children no longer attend school. Others have been forced from their homes to camps, while others have fled the nation with family.

2 is the magic number is it. Would that be those that would be five or six year olds that would be alive now if Bush with McCain’s full support threw out weapons inspectors so that the Iraqi people could be shocked and awed for their own good. As of May 2008 4083 U.S. military personal have been killed in Iraq. In the first two years of the war 25,000 Iraqis were killed, 20% of them children and women (probably a few two year olds Alex Conant is so concerned about). In that same two years 42,500 Iraqis were injured. Please Alex, McBush whoever every day, every day talk about how the children of Iraq and how very much you care about the troops . You’ll get to talk about them a lot when you’re seating around the water cooler at the Republican think tank for defeated and retired delusional ideologues.

The RNC says “The next commander in chief is going to have to make decisions that will either lead to peace and security in Iraq or chaos and conflict,”. If Republicans want to try and continue the game of selling the American people that they’re the party of keen national security insights rather then the usual snake oil shouldn’t they and McCain know how many troops are in Iraq, McCain’s “pre-surge levels” misstatement

“There are honest differences about how to move forward in Iraq, just like there were honest differences about whether or not we should go to war,” Obama is supposed to say. “John McCain was for the invasion of Iraq; I opposed it. John McCain wants to continue George Bush’s war in Iraq indefinitely; I want to end it. So there’s going to be a clear choice for the American people this November.”

“But that’s not what John McCain’s been talking about the last few days. He’s been proposing a joint trip to Iraq that’s nothing more than a political stunt. He’s even been using it to raise a few dollars for his campaign. But it seems like Sen. McCain’s a lot more interested in my travel plans than the facts, because yesterday – in his continued effort to put the best light on a failed policy – he stood up in Wisconsin and said, ‘We have drawn down to pre-surge levels’ in Iraq.”

“That’s not true, and anyone running for commander-in-chief should know better. As the saying goes, you’re entitled to your own view, but not your own facts. We’ve got around 150,000 troops in Iraq — 20,000 more than we had before the surge. We have plans to get down to around 140,000 later this summer — that’s still more troops than we had in Iraq before the surge. And today, Sen. McCain refused to correct his mistake. Just like George Bush, when he was presented with the truth, he just dug in and refused to admit his mistake. His campaign said it amounts to ‘nitpicking.'”

“Well, I don’t think tens of thousands of American troops amounts to nitpicking. Tell that to the young men and women who are serving bravely and brilliantly under our flag. Tell that to the families who have seen their loved ones fight tour after tour after tour of duty in a war that should’ve never been authorized and never been waged.”

McCain claims both to be the one to trust and the one that didn’t mean what he said.

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