July 3rd, 2010
11:03 AM ET
8 years ago

Senators: Iraq needs new government soon

Sens. McCain, Lieberman and Graham are in Iraq.

Sens. McCain, Lieberman and Graham are in Iraq.

(CNN) - A delegation of U.S. senators on a visit to Iraq said they were impressed with the progress the country has made over the past few years, but urged political factions to form a new government soon.

Senators John McCain, R-Arizona, Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, spoke to reporters at a news conference during their visit Saturday.

Vice President Joe Biden also arrived in Iraq Saturday to celeberate the July 4 holiday with U.S. troops.

"Baghdad to us now is a very different city than when we first came here," Lieberman said. "It's thriving, it's clean, there's growth going on, it's great to see."

McCain echoed those sentiments, noting that the delegation was able to walk through downtown Baghdad to a bakery.

Graham added, "What's happened in three years is amazing."

The U.S. senators also pressed Iraqi politicians to select a new government. Elections were held in March, where former Prime Minister's Ayad Allawi's bloc slightly edged out a bloc led by current Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The newly sworn in Iraqi parliament has begun negotiations to choose a new government, including a new prime minister, but the process has been slow.

A new government should be selected that reflects the election results and the will of the Iraqi people, McCain said. Hopefully the negotiations will provide results as soon as possible, he said.

Graham honored the American troops and Iraqi troops who lost their lives in the war.

"The Iraqi people have suffered for their own freedom," he said.

Filed under: Iraq • Joe Lieberman • John McCain • Lindsey Graham
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. g

    they seem to be very glad about american tax payer money creating job,s in iraq

    July 3, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Willy Brown

    They can have Obama & Biden, Pelosi, Reid, Dodds, Franks, Grayson I can go on

    July 3, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. sjosephs

    Lying Lieberman in a photo shoot with his pals........

    July 3, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. thor

    So we have Biden,Lieberman.Graham,and McCain in Iraq telling them they need a new government.How ironic !! Ithink voters in our country will be saying the same thing this November.

    July 3, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Larry

    Pictured above: The new, (but very old) and even more bumbling three stooges.

    July 3, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Pragmatic

    We should remember that the Founding Fathers didn't create "democracy" ... they gave Americans the tools they needed to make our country a democracy ...

    We have given, with American blood and treasure, Iraq the tools it needs. Now the job is up to the people of Iraq: to embrace or form their government to match their culture.

    Heard much the same from McCain when campaigning ... walking around with his flack jacket & 100's of soldiers, pretending how safe Baghdad was ... with the helicopters just out of sight ...

    July 3, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Bill from GA

    Likely as not they will select a leader with close ties to Iraq, but the country may still be safe enough for the Chinese to get oil from.

    We're stuck with the dead troops and huge debt from the war, and more and stronger enemies; China gets the resources. Thanks, W & dick.

    July 3, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Gil

    But as soon as we leave, and I hope that is soon, the whole thing will fall apart due to ethnic and religous diferences. We created a mess and have and will be paying for it for along time. Trillions will be spent and thousands of lives, American lives, wasted because of one man. Not Saddam, but bush!

    July 3, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. GI Joe

    Maybe McSongbrd and Lieberman can head up their government. Get them off our backs and out of our hair.

    They can get paid by the Oil our young people lost blood for.

    July 3, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    They returned to keep in touch with their Taliban base in Iraq......

    July 3, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Dick in CT

    Losers three.
    Lieberman is a real loser. He, along with most of the cronyism group, have no interest in fulfilling their campaign promises. If they don't do good with one party label they jump ship to another.
    It's not at all about serving the voters but more about serving themselves.
    Damn, I hat politicians!
    Money grabbing liars and misfits.

    July 3, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Ruth

    Who is paying for this trip?????? I cant see that this trip is necessary. Can't they do business from their office???? Seems like they just want to party some place else.

    July 3, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. michaelam

    I wonder if the Iraqi's enjoy their universal health care system that the Bush error implemented. Too bad, we could not have the same system here. HYPOCRITES!

    July 3, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. marxist dogs are out of control

    Hey BIll in GA – why don't you go over to CNN worldquaqrters in Atlanta and give Cooper and Blitzer and the other halt-wits a blow job. You deserve each other.

    All Heil the Obama !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. cocitizen

    McCain, Lieberman and Graham–the Three Stooges!


    July 3, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. harold

    Nice tour fellows .....of Iraq and your statement that Baghdad is a thriving city.. Now you can come back to the USA and vote YES... to the Presidents efforts to get the USA ecconomy going again and thriving as you say it....How about it senators?.....Or is our budget just too much to spend anything on the USA ......but enough to spend for IRaq?..............Huh republicans and Joe of course..?

    July 3, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Debbie

    First of all, these three over the hill guys telling another country what to do is hilarious. One a brave POW but never led in troops much less a country. Liberman the Jew to tell a Muslim country their needs for a government. Graham the military pretender...more of a wanna be soldier than a reality.

    Second of all, did they leave the green zone? Old men just trying to appear more than they are in hopes of gaining votes.

    3 old guys who need to retire and take a cruise vs pretending they have any real value in Iraq.

    July 3, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. w l jones

    All these guys have for gotton what kind of govenment we had for over two hundred years before we findley fix it. Look like they is trying to break it in the name of me first and to !!!! with the rest of the American people.

    July 3, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. hillcrester

    So what else is new? Iraq is only a small fraction of the mess that Afghanistan is, but neither "country" (if that is even the right word) can be governed by a central government. Unless we want to occupy them forever, they both will revert to tribal and/or lawless power centers. Both were and are US military and foreign policy mistakes. In 2012 I am voting for a Presidential candidate who promises to get us out–no kidding! Then I'll do it again in 2016 and 2020 and . . .

    July 3, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    The three stooges for the modern era,Curly,Moe,and Shemp,im so proud of the republicans.

    July 3, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. DENNA

    America needs to understand that we can't MAKE Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or Al Quaeda do anything. We are nine years into Bush's war and neither country seems all that inclined to follow our lead. They just want us gone.

    And Willy Brown, why don't you go to any one of these countries to see how you like the leadership there. All you do is whine and complain about President Obama. Turn off Rush & Company, step outside into the sunshine and refresh you soul. Have a nice day.

    July 3, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Bob of Lompoc

    After having a direct hand in creating the disaster of the Iraq War, that so far has cost + 4000 American lives, + 10,000 American wounded, many beyond repair, and an American economic emergency, Larry, Moe and Curly Joe visit Baghdad. Larry still claims he can walk down a Baghdad street to the bakery like it is Phoenix, Tucson, or whatever, while car bombs still go off regularly and kill people, including Americans. If you can select Palin for your V-P candidate with a straight face, I guess any idiotic statement may come from your mouth.

    These people should be shunned and disgarded to the scrap heap of History. We Americans are on the edge of economic collapse because of the policies of the Party that claims two of them, while no Party will claim the third one. They have done enough damage.

    July 3, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. La Piovra

    Hey, didn't the whole mess start when these guys decided Iraq needed a new government eight years ago?

    July 3, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    Joe Lieberman and John McCain maybe should stay in Iraq and start their own government. That way McCain can have his own little smack down war with anybody he chooses. He could also add house number 8 to the list too.

    July 3, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. The Truth, Please...I Just Want The Truth

    I say we send the entire Cheney/Bush administration to Iraq and let THEM try to govern the country.

    July 3, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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