When John McCain recently said that he would have a majority of U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of his first term (2013), it sounded to me like he was promising to get better snacks in the vending machine by the gym or to cut the prices of the pops in the machine by the teacher's lounge. Nevermind the fact that he's recently said "maybe a hundred" years that we'd be in this generation's quagmire, he's telling diehard conservatives what they want to hear.
Barack Obama wants to attempt diplomacy with foreign dictators? How dare he!
He just wants to appease the rival football team. Not me, says McCain. That respectable approach to foreign policy is simply naive. The only way to convince rogue nations to succumb to democracy and the American, Christian way is to bomb them. What better way to broker peace then to inject cruise missiles into the apartments of innocent Iranians. Unprovoked attack? Interference in Middle Eastern politics? Sure, please set up a base in Tehran. Don't forget the McDonald's.