Sen. John McCain does his level best to tout his experience and subsequent understanding and insight into foreign affairs. However, in 2003, while speaking in front of the Council on Foreign Relations, Sen. McCain said he was more concerned with Iraq and that we could “muddle through in Afghanistan” without a large number of forces. That foresight was poor, and his judgment was disturbing.
The result of “muddling through” Afghanistan is a serious and deadly resurgence of the Taliban. Al-Qaida is growing stronger, and its leadership is still at large, plotting against our troops and home soil. Now our commanders are faced with growing violence and the serious need for more troops from an already stressed military.
With such inaccurate foresight and judgment, I question whether we should consider “muddling through” four years with John McCain.