The 100 Years Lie

By now perhaps everyone has heard Barack Obama claiming that John McCain wants to keep us in Iraq for 100 years. Some have gleefully suggested that this line would become the McCain equivalent of Kerry's "I actually did vote for it before I voted against it."

There's one big difference, of course, that being that the video is there, plain as day, of Kerry making his catastrophic remark, while John McCain never said that he wants to keep the Iraq war going for 100 years. (What McCain did say was that we've had troops in Korea for 50 years, Germany for 60 years, and it could last 100 in Iraq - fine with him as long as the lives of American troops aren't being lost.) This has been a deliberate distortion perpetrated by the candidate who wants to lift us out of the politics of the past.

Instead of being a stinging reprieve of embarrassment for the McCain campaign, proof that McCain is, as Ed Schultz intones, a warmonger, Barack has turned this line into further proof that he's willing to introduce mud into the campaign when it suits his purposes.

If you're in the mood to see the Obama campaign conduct "business as usual," listen to Barack's chief strategist, David Axelrod, claim that Barack never misrepresented McCain's statement cut into Barack doing just that, courtesy of MSNBC.

And if you have another few minutes, this Fox report contains footage of Barack when he says McCain wants to keep the war going for as long as a hundred years, and his later flip-flopping.

And for those moonbats who are too head over heals in love with Barack to hear anything honest about him, consider what one of the more liberal of the New York Times' liberal op-ed columnists, Frank Rich, wrote yesterday on the topic:

"REALLY, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton should be ashamed of themselves for libeling John McCain. As a growing chorus reiterates, their refrains that Mr. McCain is “willing to send our troops into another 100 years of war in Iraq” (as Mr. Obama said) or “willing to keep this war going for 100 years” (per Mrs. Clinton) are flat-out wrong...

...The Democrats should also stop repeating their 100-years-war calumny against Mr. McCain. There’s too much at stake for America for them to add their own petty distortions to an epic tragedy that only a long-overdue national reckoning with hard truths can bring to an end."