Pushing Back On The "100 Years" Hoax

Jonathan Garthwaite
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Posted: Apr 03, 2008 10:52 AM
It's a great political strategy.  Inaccurate, dishonest, not a new-kind-of-politics and cheapening of the presidency, but if the Howard Dean, Barack Obama and their pals believe that if they repeat a lie long enough, a fair number of Americans who aren't fact checking these things will believe it.

Retired Lt. Colonel Joseph Repya is pushing back at the "100 years" lie.

Just last week, two nonpartisan fact-checking organizations called the insinuation that McCain wants to fight the war for another 100 years "false," a "serious distortion," and "rank falsehood."

What makes the Democrats' attacks even worse is that Barack Obama refuses to acknowledge the intentionally false and dishonest attacks he has launched against Senator McCain.

At a press conference on Monday, Obama finally acknowledged that the 100 years Senator McCain spoke of was referring to a peacetime troop presence in Iraq. Yet, as Obama consistently has done in the past, he continued Monday to distort Senator McCain's position irrespective of the truth or facts.

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.