I think I've been waiting five years to see permanent bases put front and center in the national debate.
From MSNBC's Hardball interview of Sen. Obama:
...John McCain got upset, I think, today, apparently, because I had repeated exactly what he said, which is that we might be there for a hundred years, if he had his way.
Now, he's now arguing, Well, I didn't mean that we would be fighting a war for a hundred years, we might just be present.
What he is talking about is having a permanent occupation and permanent bases inside of Iraq.
We are spending right now $10 billion to $12 billion a month inside of Iraq. That's that's money that could be spent giving college scholarships to all these young people. It's money that could be spent getting jobs here in America, rebuilding our infrastructure, as I've proposed.
But more importantly, it would mean a sustained presence at a time when we should be focused on finishing the war that needs to be won against al-Qaeda in their home bases in Afghanistan and in the hills of Pakistan, where we know that they are planning to attack U.S. targets.
Keep trying to defend "100 Years," McCainiacs. You'll get that serious foreign policy debate you've been craving, but you won't like how it turns out.