July 10th, 2007
05:13 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain: Troop increase showing progress

McCain said Tuesday progress is being made in Iraq.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, who visited Iraq last week, said Tuesday the increase of U.S. forces in Baghdad and elsewhere in the country is showing signs of progress and pleaded for his fellow senators not to require they pull out until their goals have been achieved.

Departure now would "embolden radical Islamists around the world," he said during a speech on the Senate floor. "Withdrawal must grow out of a political solution, not the other way around."

It would also "invite further Iranian influence" in the region, which could lead to spiraling oil prices and genocide, he said.

"If we pack up and leave, the war doesn't end, it merely gets harder," he said.

More sheiks are siding with coalition forces against al Qaeda commanders, sectarian violence has diminished since January, and locals are increasingly giving tips to coalition forces about planned attacks, the Republican presidential candidate said.

Though there is no guarantee that U.S. forces will wind up achieving their goals, the senator from Arizona said, "you can be sure that should the U.S. Senate seek to legislate an end to the strategy as it is just beginning, then we will fail for certain."

McCain said Henry Kissinger, who played a key role in shaping U.S. foreign policy during the Vietnam War, was correct in saying that a "precipitous" withdrawal from Iraq "would produce a disaster, one that would not end the war, but shift it to other areas, like Lebanon, Jordan or Saudi Arabia."

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  1. Anonymous

    John...so should we stay in Iraq for 10 years just to make sure the oil prices are stable?

    We're aleady going to stay until 2009 no matter what happens for six years since the invasion.

    Then we are to ELECT YOU for another 4 years of the same exact Bush policies to keep us in Iraq longer than we were in Vietnam for?

    July 10, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    too bad his campaign isn't showing any!

    July 10, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Cabby

    This guy keeps running on the same theme as Bush, who happens to have very low ratings.

    July 10, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Ellen C Ch'town PEI

    Another War Lover who couldn't see reality if it slapped him in the face !
    A One Track Mind is only an asset when
    it's on the right Track. Bush and McCain went off the Right Track long ago.

    July 10, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Just keep clapping McCain! It will happen if you just BELIEVE! Hallelujah!

    On a side note,when is he going to take another one of those leisurely strolls through the downtown Baghdad markets? You know, the ones that are like "a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summertime"?

    God these people are delusional.

    July 11, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |