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

Senators: Iraq needs new government soon

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/03/art.mccain.lieberman.gi.jpg caption="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. Larry

    Well, why don't you 3 clowns put a government in while you're over there.

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

    Crazy McCain and Lieber-crank. A bunch of real winners there.

    July 3, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. tcaros

    Look at the picture and it tells all:

    Crazy McCain and Lieber-crank who never get anything correct.

    July 3, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Joey

    Find the WMDs yet?

    July 3, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    What a picture; three ignorant crybabies!

    July 3, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Jim S

    after squandering over 4 thousand american soldiers lives and a trillion dollars of our countrys wealth McCain Lieberman the chicken hawks are now happy with Iraq what a great day this must be
    I hope they dont forget to thank Oboma for his role in getting us out of that quagmire we called the liberation of the iraqi people

    July 3, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. cocitizen

    Larry, Moe and Curly. Taking a mideast junket while they deny the unemployed their benefits. What a swell threesome!

    July 3, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. one voice

    Republicans would get a hard-on thinking about a endless war.

    July 3, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Slick William

    This is about as ironic as sending AG Holder to Pakistan to discuss political corruption... Unless of course he is giving them some "How to" pointers.

    July 3, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. D. Bunker

    America needs a new Republican party soon. The current GOBP is a morally bankrupt, intellectually dishonest group of corporate toadies and theocratic wannabes. We need new ideas, not disproven BS about tax cuts for the rich and deregulation.

    July 3, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. KateHikes

    What an endearing photo of jew Lieberman and his two Shabbos Goy buddies. They'd all throw America to the wolves if it benefited I$rael, that stinking corpse.

    July 3, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Doraine Gordon

    The three stooges, as I live and breathe. Oh thank goodness McCain lost the election. He would have these two buddies helping to run our country. That is, if they could push Palin and Todd out of the Oval Office. I am so glad Palin and family are out of the picture and pretty soon McCain and Lieberman will be out too. Old Lindsey is just siding some with the Dems because he wants some friends after those other two leave office. They are all decadent and disgustng!!! Good riddance!!!

    July 3, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. vic

    I like three senators because they don’t follow what they preach

    July 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. bob

    Iraqi's maybe we should send you Obama and Nancy Pelosi. They could show you how to spend any newfound oil riches

    July 3, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. cspurgeon

    Yeah right and how much has it cost us the American people.,both in money and lives. These 3 are truly a case in point for term limits. Wackos all of them.

    July 3, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. arkebo

    Republicans don't have problem spending U.S. taxpayer money in Iraq building their infrastructure, roads, school, bridges ect, I wonder how they feel about spending that same money here in AMERICA, I hnow it would add to the deficeit , and we just can't do it. GO GOP GO !!!!!

    July 3, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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