From NYTimes.com: McCain: Troops May Be Home by 2013
Reading the text of McCain’s speech, I’m reminded of the South Park episode with the Underwear Gnomes. The gnomes stole underwear from kids because it was part of the plan shown below.
None of the Gnomes knew what Phase 2 was.
McCain in his speech sees a future through his leadership where we’ve:
Won the war in Iraq
Osama Bin Laden captured or killed
Inflation is low
World food crisis is ended
Reduced obesity in kids
Reduced dependence on foreign oil
And a lot, lot more.
To me, it fits the Gnome plan as follows:
Phase 1: Elect John McCain
Phase 2: ?
Phase 3: War is won in Iraq, Economy is roaring, Obesity is conquered, etc.
Lots of nice Phase 3 stuff here. But is there a Phase 2? It’s clear in the Bush Administration, there was no Phase 2. I’m not certain if McCain has a realistic Phase 2 either, especially for Iraq. Or Inflation, or reducing obesity in kids.
I know it’s the nature of politics that we’re voting more for the person than a concrete plan. All the candidates have lacked specificity in their Phase 2, especially for Iraq. I just am extremely skeptical about anyone claiming that we can somehow “win” the war in Iraq in the traditional sense that McCain is claiming that we’ll be able to do in 5 short years.