April 8th, 2008
08:21 AM ET
14 years ago

Hearings thrust Iraq back into White House campaigns

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/07/iraq.candidates/art.petraeus.ap.jpg caption=" Army Gen. David Petraeus was expected to face several tough questions about Iraq on Tuesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The emotional debate over the war will once again dominate presidential politics when all three candidates have opportunities to question the top U.S. general in Iraq during congressional hearings Tuesday.

Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, and Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the two rivals for the Democratic nomination, will share the spotlight when Army Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq, testify.

McCain and Clinton will question Petraeus and Crocker - and possibly advocate their positions on whether U.S. troops should be withdrawn - when they appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday morning. McCain is the committee's top Republican.

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  1. Christi in Canada

    Anyone else curious about why we are hearing so much about the "treat from IRAN"?

    Is the USA going to invade IRAN?

    April 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. The Perpetual Student


    April 8, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. B.M.

    Our children will never be able to compete globally because it appears that this administration continues to deceive American's about their involvement in this war .Our schools are inadequate, the dropout rate of our youth continues to rise, the suffering of the aging who cannot pay for their medication, can barely make ends meet, cannot pay their high utility bills, losing their homes, among many other things, but we continue to pour money into Iraq. Americans are suffering here in America and all those airheads in Washington are using this war as a means to pad their own pockets. It's all about the oil! Who do they think they are fooling?

    April 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Carlos Navarro

    My question to General Petraeus:

    Are those former Sunni insurgents and ex-soldiers of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard fighting on our side because they have seen the light and now embrace the ideals of a free and democratic government akin to ours, or because we are paying them?

    If they are doing it just for the money, then there’s no reason to trust them or to think that the Surge is working.

    Carlos Navarro
    Davidson, NC

    April 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Give us a break

    I say bring all the troops home. That includes Germany, England, Turkey, Japan, Korea, etc. Let's use them to strengthen our borders and fix our problems and let the rest of the world go to he**. Oh that is right that kind of sounds like a "Military State". Isn't that what we were originally fighting?

    Let the military finish the job and keep the press out of it.

    April 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. In Chicago

    Get the troops out! Get the troops out! Get the troops out!

    April 8, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. united for truth

    Who cares about what you said except the republicans that live in a cage?
    Bring our troops home......there is nothing intriguing or new about this Bush/McCain/Hillary's war......................Bring our heros back........restore our respect across the globe.................

    April 8, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. RealityKing

    We are not fighting for anything in Iraq.

    We are fighting against tryanny and oppression. A noble cause indeed.

    April 8, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Wendy

    After All, Iraq is not our country, our home and our dream. Let our heros go home. We should not invest so much money, energy, people on it and leave our own country behind.
    Is it fair?

    April 8, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. B.M.

    It appears that McCain is adamant about our troops remaining in Iraq. Is this the basis of his experience to lead the country. Hopefully, the democrat who gets the nomination will test his ability on other issues. But as I stated in my previous comment, it really doesn't matter if you are in the circle, whether republican or democrat.

    April 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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