As long as Americans aren't being wounded or killed, and it's the Iraqis who are fighting and dying, McCain believes that Americans are just fine with the United States having permanent bases there, and keeping a large military presence all over the world. He also points out that the Saudis didn't want our base in their country, but it's worth noting that Bin Laden was angered by our presence there as well -- but according to the Republicans in last night's debate, terrorism has nothing to do with American foreign policy.
McCain: " It's not American presence that bothers the American people, it's American casualties, and if Americans are safe wherever they are in the world, American people don't mind that. So, what I believe we can achieve is a reduction in casualties to the point where the Iraqis are doing the fighting and dying, we're supporting them, and over time then there will be the relation between the two countries."
Isn't that what's been happening for the past four years?