Perhaps because he’s realized that Iraq is a terrible drag on his chances to be elected president, John McCain is now pledging to end the war in Iraq in his first term.
“By January 2013, America has welcomed home most of the servicemen and women who have sacrificed terribly so that America might be secure in her freedom,’’ Mr. McCain said at the Columbus Convention Center. “The Iraq War has been won. Iraq is a functioning democracy, although still suffering from the lingering effects of decades of tyranny and centuries of sectarian tension. Violence still occurs, but it is spasmodic and much reduced.’’
This simply isn’t possible. McCain is positing a world where in less than 4 years Iraqis have stopped wanting to kill one another. A world where Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds have settled long-standing political and ethnic disagreements and come together to form a “functioning democracy.” A world where Iraqis have decided they are no longer perturbed by the presence of American troops in their country.
The world John McCain is imagining simply isn’t going to happen. Creating a stable, functioning democracy will take decades. Political reconciliation will take decades. McCain’s vision of ending the war in 4 years is fantasy.