In a major address in California on foreign policy, the presumptive Republican nominee said, “It would be an unconscionable act of betrayal, a stain on our character as a great nation, if we were to walk away from the Iraqi people and consign them to the horrendous violence, ethnic cleansing and possibly genocide that would follow a reckless, irresponsible and premature withdrawal.”McCain Sees Progress in Iraq
Speaking to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, McCain, who has supported the war from the beginning, pointed to what he said were signs of progress: a decrease in violence and civilian and military deaths, Iraqis returning to work, markets open, and oil revenues increasing.
All of which is true, if you look at a three-day period in late 2007. This is a guy who had a tougher reception in Iraq than Ahmedinijad. Of course *every* U.S. political visitor had a tougher visit than ole Mahmoud. I wonder what that says about the prospects of a long term presence/dominance of the region?