DonateSign upAbout

Substantiation of "Not Alex" ad:

Hi, John McCain, this is Alex, he's my first.

So far, his talents include trying any new food and chasing after our dog.

That, and making my heart pound every time I look at him.


So, John McCain, when you said you would stay in Iraq for 100 years, were you counting on Alex?

FACT: McCain: "It Doesn't Matter...We Could Be There For A Hundred Years, For All I Know." During an interview with the editorial board of the Detroit News, McCain was asked, "When should the United States leave Iraq?" McCain responded, "It doesn't matter. We're still in Kuwait since the first Gulf War. If we can continue to show this progress, we could be there for 100 years, for all I know, as long as Americans are not dying. It's not a matter of American presence; it's a matter of success so we can beat back this adversary. If we'd done what they wanted us to do six months ago, al-Qaida would now be trumpeting to the world that it defeated the United States of America." [Detroit News, 1/3/08]

Other Examples of McCain's willingness to stay in Iraq for up to 100 years and beyond:

  • January 6, 2008: McCain: "I Don't Think Americans Are Concerned If We're There For 100 Years Or 1,000 Years Or 10,000 Years." In an interview on "Face the Nation," host Bob Schieffer asked McCain about staying in Iraq for 100 year. McCain responded, "We've got to get Americans off the front line, have the Iraqis as part of the strategy, take over more and more of the responsibilities. And then I don't think Americans are concerned if we're there for 100 years or 1,000 years or 10,000 years. What they care about is a sacrifice of our most precious treasure, and that's American blood. So what I'm saying is look, if Americans are there in a support role, but they're not taking casualties, that's fine. We're in Kuwait now. As you well recall, we had a war, we stayed in Kuwait. We didn't stay in Saudi Arabia. So it's going to be up to the relationship between the Iraqi government and the United States of America." [CBS, "Face the Nation," 1/06/08; emphasis added]
  • January 26, 2008: McCain: "We're Going To Be In This Struggle For The Rest of The Century." While speaking at a town hall meeting in Sun City Center, Florida, McCain said, "I'd like to look you in the eye and tell you there's not gonna be any more wars. I'd like to look you in the eyes and tell you that this terrible evil called radical Islamic extremism is defeated. I can't do that. I've got to tell you that we're gonna be in this struggle for the rest of this century because it's a transcendent evil." [Town Hall Meeting; Sun City Center, FL 01/26/08; emphasis added]
  • January 7, 2008: McCain: "We Are In A Greater Struggle That Is Going To Be With Us For The Rest of This Century." While giving a speech in Nashua, New Hampshire, McCain said, "We are in two wars. We are in a greater struggle that is going to be with us for the rest of this century... He added, "These young people that are in this crowd, my friends, I'm going to be asking you to serve. I'm gonna be asking you to step forward and serve this nation in difficult times." [Speech in Nashua, New Hampshire, 1/7/08; emphasis added]

Because if you were, you can't have him.