McCain Defends "100 Years" Statement

February 15, 2008

Senator John McCain talked exclusively with Larry King Thursday night and says his comment that troops could spend 100 years in Iraq is being taken out of context.

Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama say the comment means McCain wants to continue "failed policies. McCain defended his comments to King Thursday night.

"We've been in Japan since 1945. We've been in South Korea since 1950, actually, it's really longer than that. We're in Kuwait right now, American troops are. American, we have an American base in Turkey, as you know.

Look, American troops we've been in Germany since the end of World War II."

McCain says Clinton and Obama's plan to leave Iraq now would be a failure. He says that would plunge it back into chaos and genocide and would let al Qaeda claim victory.

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