McCain: Send Petraeus back to Iraq
January 12th, 2014
10:58 AM ET

McCain: Send Petraeus back to Iraq

By Ashley Killough

President Barack Obama should send David Petraeus, a retired four-star general who ran the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, back to Iraq to help deal with the growing unrest in the country, Sen. John McCain said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The Arizona Republican also weighed in on a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying he would have waited a bit longer to release the book, which offers a blistering critique of the Obama administration.

On Iraq, McCain said the country is not a lost cause and argued the United States can still offer assistance to help quell the renewed violence that’s rocked the country in the last year.

The 2008 GOP presidential nominee said he opposed sending combat troops back to Iraq, but added the U.S. can provide other kinds of aid, such as logistics support and Apache helicopters.

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  1. Felix Valera

    McCain is in war with everybody he is the anti-Obama a man that cannot accept he lost the election and want to send our soldiers to fight everybody he does not like. McCain do not waste time to criticize our President he does not want the President to talk to Iran and reach a peaceful accord he wants the United States to go and bomb, I have the feeling this man does not get over and still is fighting wars!
    Ideassoul

    February 4, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
  2. joe d

    the U.S. will never ever win anything in the medeast as long as the grubby money sucking parasite called israel/AIPAC is
    attatched to it's sphincter

    January 14, 2014 at 7:24 am | Reply
  3. SAWOLF

    It's time for the iraqis to stand up and defend themselves or suffer the hell of rule my islamic radicals.

    January 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  4. drake mallard

    There was no al Qaeda in Iraq before your invasion. Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein were mortal enemies.

    In 2006, while Bush was still president, a National Intelligence Estimate found that the war in Iraq increased Islamic radicalism and worsened the terror threat to the United States. Last March, the New York Times looked back on the 10 years in Iraq since Bush invaded with promises of fighting terrorism and bringing a model of democracy that would serve as a beacon for the rest of the Middle East. The paper reported, “The most depressing measure of the failure may lie in the voices of ordinary Iraqis who tell reporters that they wish Iraq could return to the way it was under Saddam, for all its miseries.”

    Dick Cheney had a different view of invading Iraq in 1994, as evident in this discussion of the first Iraq war, a war where he was the Secretary
    of Defense.

    After you take down Saddam Hussain's government, he asks, "then what are you gonna put in its place? That's a very volatile part of the world, and if you take down the central government in Iraq, you can easily end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off... it's a quagmire ... if you try to take over Iraq... How many additional American causalities was Saddam worth? Our judgment was not very many, and I think we got it right."

    January 13, 2014 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • General Sherman

      Good post, drake. We should never have invade Iraq back in 2003 and now the Iraqi people are paying quite dearly for it! Then again, neither Bush nor Dick Cheney ever had any concern for the Iraqi people as evidenced by the dastardly bombing of the Amriya air raid shelther in Baghdad on Feb. 13, 1991 by two American pilots, slaughtering well over 414 innocent civilians that day. We all need to hang our heads in pure shame over this heinous incident!!!!!!!

      January 13, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
  5. Forbetter Orworse

    Enough is enough already! It's clear that we American's don't have a single clue when it comes to the Middle East. Haven't we done enough blind damage? Why are our politicians so stupid? Even "I" knew it was wrong-minded to over-throw Saddam Hussein! Our politicians forgot why "THEY" put Saddam Hussein into power to begin with!!! Saddam was a bad man, but he kept Iran in check and he made certain that we were needed in the region by people that would otherwise have been our foes!!!! Now we are fighting ALL OF THEM ALL OVER AGAIN! wow... and our politicians are supposed to be smart?

    January 13, 2014 at 3:53 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Great post, Forbetter Orworse. You nailed good, concerning our idiotic, self serving, money grubbing right-wing politicians in Washington D.C. These people will eventually bring this country down!!!

      January 13, 2014 at 8:55 am | Reply
  6. hello

    McCain needs to go to Iraq.... he need more WAR... Drop his sorry war hawk but by parachute... and wish him luck.

    January 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  7. maruzicho

    The fact is we are out of Iraq and should stay out. The General as already been corrected for his actions, and should be allowed to serve his country for what he has done. When you make mistakes you take your punishment, humiliation, and move on. I could care less of what this person does in his free time. I care about how he serves his country and does his job. How many people of any position are unfaithful or make mistakes? Many

    January 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  8. Tony

    the Iraq's made it clear they do not want any Americans in their country. Why would we send anyone back to this country that does not like us and never will like us. John McCain just can not stand it that he can not get America back into the fighting there!!!

    January 12, 2014 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  9. clark4410

    Send McCain to Iraq!

    January 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • Master Rod

      Yeah him and Patreous will win the war.

      Master Rod

      February 6, 2014 at 8:31 am | Reply
  10. clark4410

    The pathetic US congress can't take care of business at home, but thinks it knows what is best for the entire world. The US 'liberation' of Iraq set off a civil war that we can't stop.

    January 12, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • hello

      our leaders are distracted by the world and have no time or interest in the US.. they want to be world players. Skrew that small time America... they want to rule the world. They were not elected to be the leaders of the US but the leaders of the world... They have tier noses up the a....zzz of foreigners and ignore the problems they have created here that they can't fix.. so they want to go create more problems.. around the world.. We have leaders who are worthless to America and her citizens. Welcome to the New World Order... paid for my US tax payers.. as su c-- kkkers..

      January 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Reply
      • George patton

        Well put, hello. Thank you.

        January 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm |
  11. John McKane

    I have a far better solution than this idiotic Senator whose name is quite similar to mine. I say send no more Americans back to Iraq where we never had any legitimate business to begin with! This jerk is not only embarrassing me but the country on the whole by spewing out his ignorance on worldly affairs! The only way to curb the violence in Iraq is to split it between the Shi'a and the Sunnis. Enough said.

    January 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Agree! Middle East countries will never adopt democracy, and all this implies! Just holding an election does not make any country democratic!
      Where would the USA be today if Obama had poisoned or had Romney killed in the streets? Putin does this without objection! No one can oppose Putin. His re-elections are guaranteed. Russia is not as democracy, it is a dictatorship!

      January 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Reply
      • George patton

        Is Russia truly any less democratic than we are here, Stan? Somehow I don't think so. The M.I.C. now owns the majority of those in Congress plus the White House as evidenced by Obama's foreign policies and endless military spending, sending this country ever deeper in the red. As long as we have a Congress that is bought and paid for, I don't consider this country to be truly democratic!!!

        January 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
    • TC

      You can't just seperate the country in half. There are more tha just those two ethnic groups in Iraq. I was in Iraq serving for part of every year from 03 to 08. Dividing it in half would cause more chaos than there is currently in Iraq. A group not many talk about is the Kurds. They are the first or second largest ethnic group without its own country if memoery serves correct. They inhabit the northern region of Iraq, the southern part of Turkey, Eastern parts of Syria and Northern parts of Iran. They also are in the area of Iraq with the majority of the Oil Fields and if Iraw is divided up wants their piece of Iraq and would try to gain the same from Turkey, Syria and Iran. They have a strong military force called the Peshmerga who assisted in the ground assault on the North in Iraq. Let's be smart and look at all angles before jumping in with random ideas.

      January 14, 2014 at 2:59 am | Reply
  12. Random

    Mccain is right about one thing... We need eyes and ears so what ever IS done can be done in an effective time frame. They are working a two part strategy, high intensity , low frequency , in the begining to start and sustain infighting, then at just the right moment it flips, from insignificant attacks designed to catalyze opposing forces to ops we would send seals for that cement power overnight. We got lucky that we saw this one coming a few days early and still failed to respond in time.
    Effectively what is needed is a global swat team. Quick reactionary force that bypasses the bureaucracy that they are using to pacify us. Then we wouldnt need to supply them with cutting edge weapons, but instead when this happens the international squad can just roll in and face stomp them. The world needs to stop accepting power changes threw force and ok reacting with out needing to wait 6 months for governments to decide.

    January 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • John McKane

      Are you talking about an international American swat team so we can further bully the rest of the world, Random? If so, that is the dumbest proposal I've here yet. We're already the most hated nation in the world today. In fact, we need to do the exact opposite of what you propose above!

      January 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Reply
      • Random

        International , and American bully team are mutually exclusive.

        January 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm |
      • Random

        You should work on reading comprehension. Just sayin.

        January 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm |
    • TC

      Every military analyst asked about the draw back and removal of troops from Iraq stated this would be the result. Even the Generals told Obama this would happen. Strike team would good idea, but colaborating a global team would be insanely difficult not to mention what checks and balances are you going to use to ensure they do things in a legit manner and whos tactics are they using to conduct missions.

      January 14, 2014 at 3:05 am | Reply
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