Senator John mcCain and Vice President Dick Cheney stressed that American policy in Iraq was succeeding despite a few things that had to be handled. “We recognize that al-Qaida is on the run, but they are not defeated,” said McCain. “Al-Qaida contnues to pose a greater threat to the security and very existence of Iraq as a democracy. So we know there’s still a lot more of work to be done.” Vice President Dick Cheney credited reductions in violence to President Bush’s decision to send more troops. He insisted “it would be a mistake now to be so eager to draw down the force that we risk putting the outcome in jeopardy. And I don’t think we’ll do that.” The Vice President made clear he does not forsee withdrawal of troops after July.
As Dick Cheney spoke, elsewhere in Iraq, a female suicide bomber blew up herself and 43 people in the holy city of Karbals while six youths were killed playing soccer. We are on the eve of the fifth anniversary of George Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in search of those ever elusive WMD. His decision came after he over-ruled requests by General Shinseki for thousand of more troops because Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld knew more about war than any generals in the United States armed forces. Five years have passed. There is no effective government in Iraq, violence and hate between Sunnis and Shiites remains strong. The Iraqi army is years from being an effective fighting force– it was Bush who made the original decision to disband the Iraqi army.
John McCain has no other answer to Iraq than maintaining failed policies. He is completely tied to a military solution even though no evidence is forthcoming the military option is working. He has no plan other than maintain American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan for the forseeable future. For a man who claims to know something about foreign policy and leadership, Senator McCain comes across as light Bush.