May 15th, 2008
01:07 PM ET

In the year 2013, after McCain’s first term in office...

David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer

John McCain highlighted his plans as president Thursday and predicted the war in Iraq will be over by 2013.'
John McCain highlighted his plans as president Thursday and predicted the war in Iraq will be over by 2013.'


Wanted to share another speech today that’s making headlines.

Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, made a speech in which he envisions the state of affairs at the end of his first term if he is elected president.

"What I want to do today is take a little time to describe what I would hope to have achieved at the end of my first term as president. I cannot guarantee I will have achieved these things,"

In this speech he lays out benchmarks during his first term in office on which he could be judged.

"By January 2013, America has welcomed home most of the servicemen and women who have sacrificed terribly so that America might be secure in her freedom…”

"The Iraq War has been won. Iraq is a functioning democracy, although still suffering from the lingering effects of decades of tyranny and centuries of sectarian tension…"

“[The] threat from a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan will be greatly reduced but not eliminated" ... U.S. and NATO forces will remain in the country "to help finish the job, and continue operations against the remnants of al Qaeda."

McCain envisions that Osama bin Laden, and his chief lieutenants, would be captured or killed.

He also believes that in 2013, there still will not have been a "major terrorist attack in the United States since September 11, 2001."

Here are a list of other milestones McCain hopes to see at the end of what would be his first term:

  •  The United States will have a smaller military presence in Iraq that will not play a direct combat role, and he predicts that al Qaeda in Iraq will be defeated.
  • Witnessing Russia and China cooperating in "pressuring Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions, and North Korea to discontinue its own."
  • Significantly increasing the size of the Army and Marine Corps, which will be "better equipped and trained to defend us."
  • The application of "stiff diplomatic and economic pressure" by the United States - acting in concert with a newly formed League of Democracies - to cause Sudan to agree to a multinational peacekeeping force, with NATO countries providing logistical and air support, to stop the genocide in Darfur.
  • Several years of robust economic growth.
  • Taxpayers filing under a flat tax.
  • The world food crisis ending, low inflation, and a "much improved" quality of life "not only in our country, but in some of the most impoverished countries around the world."
  • More accessible health care for Americans and an easing of pressure on Medicare because of lower health care costs.
  • A United States well on its way to "independence from foreign sources of oil."
    A Social Security system that is solvent, does not reduce benefits for those nearing retirement and includes individual retirement accounts
  • The confirmation of "scores of judges" to the federal district and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • A secure southern border for the United States after "tremendous improvements to border security infrastructure and increases in the border patrol, and vigorous prosecution of companies that employ illegal aliens."

I have included a clip of the speech here
So what do you think of the speech? Please share your thoughts

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. McSame


    Solar powered flying cars for everyone!

    ...then Mission Accomplished once again in 2108!

    While we're on the subject of dreaming...

    May 20, 2008 at 2:25 pm |

    Why even talk about John McCain? He will loose the election because nobody wants a continuation of the Bush administration. He tries his best to look as if he "is already the President."
    Well, maybe there are some people who would like to see more of our troops brought home in coffins because of his idioitic agenda to continue on with the war in iraq. Thought he was an Independent , now he plays at being a Repulican. A run with the crowd kind of guy..

    May 19, 2008 at 3:06 am |
  3. Jim

    It is time for the Democrats to stop following the Republican play book and stop fighting with each other and focus on a landslide Democratic victory in November. That cannot one minute longerfor Hillary to salvage her political fortunes. Super delegates stand up now to stop the cat fight the Clintons are using to drag the party down. It is time for a single Democratic opponent who will bring the change Republicans fear most. That will come from Obama. Clinton has too much 80's baggage and much more during the last eight years.

    The Republicans and their operatives are encouraging the Democratic fight by the Clintons as long as possible. They can try to rehabilitate McCain and paint him as a more liberal Republican. They are being careful to look united and paint McCain as presidential. McCain is what he always was. The speech was more of the garbage propaganda we have been getting from the Republican party for the entire Bush puppet term.

    May 16, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    Brilliant Stagecraft and politics. It leaves him open to do another surge, and more of the same for the next 4 years and take the USA into deeper debt, higher oil prices and no money for Mr Average to pay his mortgage, and an international reputation that is very bad now and will only further demean American integrity and standing.
    I have no sympathy for anyone who votes for this horrible piece of pure politics, nor the plans to continue the GOP tactics of smear rather than issues/policy which are of the people for the people and by the people.
    Are the GOP politicians listening to anyone other than themselves?

    May 16, 2008 at 4:49 am |
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