MCDERMOTT'S VIEW OF OUR TROOPS
McDermott is a strong opponent of the liberation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and at every turn he opposes the efforts of the United States and its allies in the war against terrorism. Speaking at the Rainier Community Center on May 3, 2008, McDermott said that our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq were "mercenaries" in a "so-called war on terror, which turns out to be a war on civilians." And late in 2005, antiwar blogger Joshua Holland quoted Congressman McDermott as saying:
"As long as our troops are there they're going to be a continued irritant in the situation, partly because -- and this is a very important point -- the troops are just kids put into a foreign land where they don't know who the enemy is and they don't know the language. So they protect themselves and innocent Iraqis get killed, and that fans the fires of the insurgency."
Steve Beren, the Republican candidate running against McDermott, has quite a different view. He says:
"We must remain firm in the war against international terrorism. We are right to combat terrorism at its roots by spreading democracy through the Middle East. We must not allow the Iranian dictatorship to acquire nuclear weapons. It is necessary to maintain the terrorist wiretapping program, the Patriot Act, and other tools in the war against the terrorists."
And in his speech to the May 2006 Washington State Republican convention, Beren said:
“I support our troops in Iraq. They are today’s ‘band of brothers.’ I support them and I support their mission. Their mission is our mission. But Jim McDermott has called our troops in Iraq ‘a continued irritant.’ Actually it is McDermott who is an irritant to the state of Washington. If ever a congressman should pursue an ‘exit strategy,’ it’s Jim McDermott.”
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