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John McCain, Mr Military and Security, Goes to Ottawa, June 20, 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2008 17:50
John McCain, Mr. Military and Security Goes to Ottawa, June 20, 2008. PEJ News - Joan Russow - Global Compliance Research Project -

On June 20, John McCain speaks to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa. McCain is scheduled to speak on NAFTA, and will probably not disappoint the Canadian Association of Defence & Security Industries, CADSI, a not-for-profit business association representing Canadian defence & security industries with 500 member companies, which want to be assured of sustaining and future lucrative military and security contracts. McCain perpetuates the Reagan notion of the "US as the last hope of Man on Earth", McCain calls for increased US militarism and claims that he has continually lobbied for increased troops in Iraq.


On September 8, 2007, McCain Addressed the California Republican Party. The title of his address was "Reagan Stood Tall". So Must We.

He cited Reagan's "Shining City Upon a Hill" speech, which bloated the US role in the World. "We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so. The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us in the little hall of Philadelphia. In the days following World War II, when the economic strength and power of America was all that stood between the world and the return to the dark ages, Pope Pius XII said, "The American people have a great genius for splendid and unselfish actions. Into the hands of America, God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind."
"We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth."

McCain then proceeds to fully endorse this self-imposed delusion of grandeur by stating; "His words ring true today when, once again, it falls to America to lead the world against a global threat as the last best hope of man on earth. It is a privilege beyond measure to live in a country that has sacrificed so much for the cause of freedom. I have lived a long, eventful and blessed life. I have had the good fortune to know personally a great many brave and selfless patriots who sacrificed and shed blood to defend America. But I have known none braver or better than those who do so today. They are my inspiration. And I pray to a loving God that He bless and protect them."

On the Issue section of his website, John McCain entitles his policy on National Security as " A Strong Military in a Dangerous World".

The following are excerpts from this policy statement:

"In a dangerous world, protecting America's national security requires a strong military. Today, America has the most capable, best-trained and best-led military force in the world. But much needs to be done to maintain our military leadership, retain our technological advantage, and ensure that America has a modern, agile military force able to meet the diverse security challenges of the 21st century."

The global war on terrorism, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, threats from rogue states like Iran and North Korea, and the rise of potential strategic competitors like China and Russia mean that America requires a larger and more capable military to protect our country's vital interests and deter challenges to our security. Šdefending against missile and nuclear attack; maintaining the credibility of our defense commitments to our allies; and waging difficult counter-insurgency campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

. He knows that to protect our homeland, our interests, and our values - and to keep the peace - America must have the best-manned, best-equipped, and best-supported military in the world.

He has fought to modernize our forces, to ensure that America maintains and expands its technological edge against any potential adversary, and to see that our forces are capable and ready to undertake the variety of missions necessary to meet national security objectives.

Fighting Against Violent Islamic Extremists and Terrorist Tactics:

The United States cannot afford to be complacent about the threat, naive about terrorist intentions, unrealistic about their capabilities, or ignorant to our national vulnerabilities.

He fought for the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security and the creation of the U.S. Northern Command with the specific responsibility of protecting the U.S. homeland.

As President, John McCain will take it as his most sacred responsibility to keep America free, safe, and strong - an abiding beacon of freedom and hope to the world.

Effective Missile Defense

John McCain strongly supports the development and deployment of theater and national missile defenses. Effective missile defenses are critical to protect America from rogue regimes like North Korea that possess the capability to target America with intercontinental ballistic missiles, from outlaw states like Iran that threaten American forces and American allies with ballistic missiles, and to hedge against potential threats from possible strategic competitors like Russia and China. Effective missile defenses are also necessary to allow American John McCain is committed to deploying effective missile defenses to reduce the possibility of strategic blackmail by rogue regimes and to secure our homeland from the very real prospect of missile attack by present or future adversaries.

Increasing the Size of the American Military

John McCain believes we must enlarge the size of our armed forces to meet new challenges to our security. For too long, we have asked too much of too few - with the result that many service personnel are on their second, third and even fourth tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. There can be no higher defense priority than the proper compensation, training, and equipping of our troops.

...John McCain believes that the answer to these challenges is not to roll back our overseas commitments. The size and composition of our armed forces must be matched to our nation's defense requirements. As requirements expand in the global war on terrorism so must our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard be reconfigured to meet these new challenges. John McCain thinks it is especially important to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps to defend against the threats we face today.

Modernizing the Armed Services
Modernizing American armed forces involves procuring advanced weapons systems that will help rapidly and decisively defeat any adversary and protect American lives. It also requires addressing force protection needs to make sure that America's combat personnel have the best safety and survivability equipment available.

The missions of the 21st century will not center on traditional territorial defense or mass armor engagements. Instead, the men and women of the US armed forces will be engaged in, among other things, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, missile defense, counter-proliferation and information warfare. This calls not just for a larger and more capable military, but for a new mix of military forces, including civil affairs, special operations, and highly mobile forces capable of fighting and prevailing in the conflicts America faces.

Smarter Defense Spending:

John McCain has worked aggressively to reform the defense budgeting process to ensure that America enjoys the best military at the best cost. This includes reforming defense procurement to ensure the faithful and efficient expenditure of taxpayer dollars that are made available for defense acquisition. Too often, parochial interests - rather than the national interest - have guided our spending decisions. John McCain supports significant reform in our defense acquisition process to ensure that dollars spent actually contribute to US security.


On McCain's website to emphasize his constant demand for more troops in Iraq, as well as his support for the "surge", McCain documents an Iraq Timeline from November, 2003.

"To win in Iraq, we should increase the number of forces in-country, including Marines and Special Forces, to conduct offensive operations. I believe we must have in place another full division, giving us the necessary manpower to conduct a focused counter-insurgency campaign across the Sunni triangle that seals off enemy operating areas, conducts search and destroy operations and holds territory. Such a strategy would be the kind of new mission General Sanchez agreed would require additional forces. It's a mystery to me why they are not forthcoming. We cannot achieve our political goals as long as a strategic region of Iraq is in a state of fundamental insecurity." (Sen. John McCain, Remarks To Council On Foreign Relations, Washington, DC, 11/5/03).

McCain then lists 29 references to the need to increase the number of troops in Iraq. For those interested in reading his repetitive statements, most of the time line is in the Annex below.


In a press release, McCain talks about " building a safer world, one with fewer nuclear weapons in which proliferation, instability and nuclear terrorism are far less likely." He ignores the inextricable link between nuclear energy and the development and proliferation of nuclear arms. Recently, he has called for the construction of forty-five new nuclear reactors by 2030, and has pledged that he will spend 2 billion a year for this purpose. These forty-five new nuclear reactors would be added to the existing 104 reactors which currently produce 20 per cent of the US electricity. This push for more civil nuclear energy will place an increased demand for uranium from Canada. Canada has long had the policy of requiring the US to ensure that Canadian uranium will not be used in the US nuclear arms industry. However, because of the "fungibility principle" the Canadian uranium has, for years, found its way into the US nuclear arsenal.


McCain stated: Instead of making promises, he would work to secure the borders by constructing a double-wide border fence in populated areas and using border guards, vehicle barriers, sensors and cameras in non-populated areas to make sure no one crosses illegally, (December 5, 2007)


When speaking in Iowa, McCain stated: "The economists that I know and trust and the history that I study ... says that free trade is the best thing that can happen to our nation. When we have practiced protectionism, it has had devastating consequences."

The Canadian Defence and Security Industry Association thus can be assured that if McCain is elected as President, their members will have years of new lucrative contracts and, given that McCain is a strong supporter of NAFTA, he will undoubtedly avail himself of Canadian military technology.

November, 2003
"To win in Iraq, we should increase the number of forces in-country, including Marines and Special Forces, to conduct offensive operations. I believe we must have in place another full division, giving us the necessary manpower to conduct a focused counter-insurgency campaign across the Sunni triangle that seals off enemy operating areas, conducts search and destroy operations and holds territory. Such a strategy would be the kind of new mission General Sanchez agreed would require additional forces. It's a mystery to me why they are not forthcoming. We cannot achieve our political goals as long as a strategic region of Iraq is in a state of fundamental insecurity." (Sen. John McCain, Remarks To Council On Foreign Relations, Washington, DC, 11/5/03).

November 2003
"The simple truth is that we do not have sufficient forces in Iraq to meet our military objectives. I said this in August, after I returned from visiting Iraq, and before the security situation deteriorated further. It is even more obviously true today." (Sen. John McCain, Remarks To Council On Foreign Relations, Washington, DC, 11/5/03)

November 2003
"We need more troops.... (W)e have to be much more robust and do and send whatever troops are necessary." (Fox News, "Fox News Sunday," 11/30/03).

April 2004
"I was there in last August and have said since then that we needed more troops, we need them very badly. We may be paying a price for not having had more troops there...."(Sen. John McCain, Remarks At Media Availability, Washington, DC, 4/11/04).

April 2004
"[W]hen I was there in Iraq in August, I talked to [the] British. I talked to Sergeant Majors. I talked to Colonels and Captains. And I came back absolutely convinced that we needed more boots on the ground. These people warned me. They said, 'Look, if you don't have more soldiers here, you're going to lose control of this situation and you're going to face an insurgency some months from now.' I begged and pleaded that we send more troops. Secretary Rumsfeld said, 'Well, our commanders on the ground haven't asked for them.' It's not up to the commanders on the ground. It's up to the leadership of the country to make these decisions. That's why we elect them and have civilian supremacy. We're now facing a terrible insurgency. We can prevail, but we've got to have more people over there to get the job done." (Fox News, "Hannity & Colmes," 4/14/04).

April 2004
"I have said since my visit to Iraq last August that our military presence is insufficient to bring stability to the country. We should increase the number of forces, including Marines and Special Forces, to conduct offensive operations. There is also a dire need for other types of forces, including linguists, intelligence officers, and civil affairs officers. We must deploy at least another full division, and probably more." (Sen.John McCain, Remarks To Council On Foreign Relations, Washington, DC, 4/22/04).

September 2004
"I think that we need more troops in Iraq. I've thought that for a long time, election or no election. ... [I]'ve been asking since a year ago last August. So I'm not sure that the elections have a lot to do with it, but I've been saying since a year ago August that we needed more boots on the ground...." (CNBC, "Capital Report," 9/23/04).

December 2004
"[T]he problem that we have here is that the Pentagon has been reacting to initiatives of the enemy rather than taking initiatives from which the enemy has to react to. Many of us, as long as a year-and-a-half ago, said, 'You have to have more people there. You have to have more linguists. You have to have more special forces. You have to have' - and the Pentagon has reluctantly, obviously, gradually made some increases. And the problem, when you react, you have to extend people on duty there, which is terrible for morale. There's a terrific strain on the National Guard and the Reserves. If you plan ahead, then you don't have to do some of these things. The military is too small. The good news is we went into Fallujah and we dug them out of there. And I'm proud of the work. These men and women are magnificent. Their leadership is magnificent. The bad news is we allowed Fallujah to become a sanctuary to start with. So, yes, we need more troops. Yes, we have to win." (Fox News, "Fox News Sunday," 12/5/04).

December 2004
"I have strenuously argued for larger troop numbers in Iraq, including the right kind of troops - linguists, Special Forces, civil affairs, etc. ... There are very strong differences of opinion between myself and Secretary Rumsfeld on that issue." (Beth DeFalco, "McCain says He Has 'No Confidence' In Secretary Of Defense," The Associated Press, 12/13/04).

June 2005
"I think we need - I think we need more troops there ... because we're not staying once we attack and clear. We've got to stay and expand" (MSNBC, "Hardball," 6/28/05).

June 2005
"I've thought for a long, long time, since the very beginning, that we needed more troops, and one of the reasons why we've experienced many of the difficulties we have is we didn't have enough boots on the ground...." (CNN, "American Morning", 6/29/05).

August 2005
"We not only don't need to withdraw, we need more troops there", (Fox News, "Fox News Sunday," 8/14/05).

August 2005
TIME's MIKE DUFFY: "Do you think we need more troops?" SEN. MCCAIN: "I've always said that ... I think we need more and I think they need to stay longer. The problem is that we didn't expand the size of the Army and the Marine Corps and we put enormous strains on the National Guard and the Reserves and on active duty personnel. We need to expand the Army and expand the Marine Corps, and have more troops over there for as long as is necessary. The irony here is that we could have had less troops there now if we had had more troops when they were needed there, in the view of literally every military person I talked to in Iraq, right after the victory." (CBS, "Face The Nation", 8/28/05).

November 2005
"Securing ever-increasing parts of Iraq and preventing the emergence of new terrorist-safe havens will require more troops and money. It will take time, probably years, and mean more American casualties. Those are terrible prices to pay. But with the stakes so high, I believe we must choose the strategy with the best chance of success." (Sen. John McCain, Remarks To American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, 11/10/05).

November 2005
"To enhance our chances of success with this strategy and enable our forces to hold as much territory as possible, we need more troops. For this reason, I believe that current ideas to effect a partial drawdown during 2006 are exactly wrong. ... Instead of drawing down, we should be ramping up, with more civil-military soldiers, translators and counter-insurgency operations teams." (Sen. John McCain, Remarks To the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, 11/10/05).

June 2006
"You know, I've always said that we needed more troops over there. I have said that for years." (CBS "Evening News," 6/20/06).

July 2006
"I think one of the biggest mistakes we made was that we've paid a very heavy price for was not having enough boots on the ground. I said that three years ago." (CNN, "Larry King Live," 7/26/06).

August 2006
NBC's DAVID GREGORY: "But to do that, do you need more US soldiers on the ground now?". SEN. MCCAIN: "I think so. I think so. We took troops from places like Ramadi, which are still not under control, to put them into Baghdad. We've had to send in additional troops as they are. All along, we have not had enough troops on the ground to control the situation. Many, many people knew that and it's - we're paying a very heavy price for it. But I want to emphasize that we cannot lose this. It will cause chaos in Iraq and in the region, and it's - I still believe that we, we must prevail." (NBC, "Meet The Press," 8/20/06).

October 2006
"I would increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps by some hundred thousand people, and I would send more troops over there where...." (CBS, "Evening News," 10/19/06).

November 2006
"I believe that there are a lot of things that we can do to salvage this, but they all require the presence of additional troops... I also said three years ago, if we don't have more troops over there, and we don't do what's necessary, we are going to be doomed to failure. I gave a speech to the Foreign Relations - Council on Foreign Relations - that said basically that, and I've been saying it all along in every hearing, and I've been saying, 'You are going to face this situation we're facing today if we didn't have a more robust presence and a better strategy,' and that's - I proved to be right in that respect." (NBC, "Meet The Press," 11/12/06).

December 2006
"We must have more troops over there. That has to be accompanied by a larger Marine Corps or Army. Maybe 20,000 more Marines and 80,000 more Army troops, so that we can handle whatever is necessary. And we have to have a big enough surge that we can get Baghdad under control and then Anbar province under control." (Fox News, "Special Report With Brit Hume," 12/12/06).

January 2007
"To be of value the surge must be substantial and it must be sustained - it must be substantial and it must be sustained. We will need a large number of troops. During our recent trip commanders on the ground spoke of a surge of three to five additional brigades in Baghdad and at least an additional brigade in Anbar province. I believe these numbers are the minimum that's required - a minimum. We need more of the right kind of troops: civil affairs teams, special forces, translators, troops to conduct information operations, among others. The mission of these reinforcements would be to implement the thus-elusive hold element of the military's clear hold, build strategy, to maintain security in cleared areas, to protect the population and critical infrastructure, and to impose the government's authority: essential elements of a traditional counter-insurgency strategy." (Sen. John McCain, Remarks To the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, 1/5/07).

April 2007
"After my first visit to Iraq in 2003, I argued for more troops. I took issue with statements characterizing the insurgency as a few 'dead-enders' or being in its 'last throes.' I criticized the search and destroy strategy and argued for a counter-insurgency approach that separated the reconcilable population from the irreconcilable. That is the course now followed by General Petraeus, and the brave Americans and coalition troops he has the honor to command." (Sen. John McCain, Remarks To The Virginia Military Institute, 4/11/07).

May 2007
"The war was terribly mismanaged and we now have to fix a lot of the mistakes that were made." (Sen. John McCain, Republican Presidential Debate, Ronald Reagan Library, Simi Valley, CA, 5/3/07).

June 2007
New Hampshire WMUR-TV, CNN, and the New Hampshire Union Leader Debate, "This war was very badly mismanaged for a long time. And Americans have made great sacrifices, some of which were unnecessary because of this management of the war -- mismanagement of this conflict. I believe we have a fine General. I believe we have a strategy which can succeed, so that the sacrifice of your brother would not be in vain, that a whole 20 million or 30 million people would have a chance to live a free life in an open society, and practice their religion, no matter what those differences are. And I believe that if we fail, it will become a center of terrorism, and we will ask more young Americans to sacrifice, as your brother did. This is long and hard and tough. But I think we can succeed."

September 2007
Address to the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, "We have new commanders in Iraq, and they are following a counter-insurgency strategy that I have called for from the beginning, which makes the most effective use of our strength and doesn't strengthen the tactics of our enemy. This new battle plan is succeeding where our previous tactics failed. Although the outcome remains uncertain, we must give General Petraeus and the Americans he has the honor to command adequate time to salvage from the wreckage of our past mistakes a measure of stability for Iraq and the Middle East, and a more secure future for the American people.

October 2007
Address to the International Relations Forum in Des Moines, "But, in the short run, we can and must prevail in Iraq to build a new regional order on the ashes of the old. Two generations of Americans have already fought wars in Iraq; we cannot condemn a third to the same fate by letting that country become a failed state in which we must again intervene to secure our vital interests. Anchoring Iraq in a stable, prosperous region must be the purpose of American grand strategy in the Middle East."


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