Joseph Repya

It's hard to fathom why Obama would consistently mislead voters with his rhetoric, unless of course his claim to represent new politics is nothing more than a tagline and a completely fictitious claim. On a number of occasions over the past few months Obama has used the "100 years" comment to unfairly attack Senator McCain. On Feb. 19, Obama said, "[Sen. McCain] says that he is willing to send our troops into another 100 years of war." And just a week later he repeated that untrue statement by saying, "[W]e are bogged down in a war that John McCain now suggests might go one for another 100 years."

These comments exemplify the same-old, dirty gutter politics Obama claims to oppose. If Obama wanted to run a clean campaign, he would be best served denouncing Dean's statements and ceasing to mischaracterize Senator McCain's record.

The Democrats' attempts to paint McCain as someone who wants continue the war in Iraq indefinitely is completely at odds with the truth. Just days ago, while speaking to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Senator McCain stated, "In Vietnam, where I formed the closest friendships of my life, some of those friends never came home to the country they loved so well. I detest war. It might not be the worst thing to befall human beings, but it is wretched beyond all description. When nations seek to resolve their differences by force of arms, a million tragedies ensue. The lives of a nation's finest patriots are sacrificed. Innocent people suffer and die. Commerce is disrupted; economies are damaged; strategic interests shielded by years of patient statecraft are endangered as the exigencies of war and diplomacy conflict. Not the valor with which it is fought nor the nobility of the cause it serves, can glorify war. Whatever gains are secured, it is loss the veteran remembers most keenly. Only a fool or a fraud sentimentalizes the merciless reality of war. However heady the appeal of a call to arms, however just the cause, we should still shed a tear for all that is lost when war claims its wages from us."

Senator McCain is a veteran who empathizes with and appreciates the massive sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made. He also is a man with many decades of experience in the military and the United States Senate, overseeing the major foreign relations and military issues of our day. McCain is dedicated to victory in the War on Terror through stabilizing the Iraqi government and beating the terrorists as opposed to surrendering to them as both Senators Obama and Clinton have proposed.

Senator McCain will use his experience, judgment and optimism to lead us to victory in this war against radical Islamic extremism, and no amount of pandering and smear tactics by the Democrats will confuse or distract the American people from the significance of achieving that mission. I know who I want answering the White House phone at 3:00 AM in the morning, it's a battle tested veteran named John McCain.

Joseph Repya

Retired Lt. Colonel Joseph Repya served 28 years in the US Army (10 years Active and 18 years in the National Guard & Reserves) from 1969 until 1998. He is a veteran of Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom