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McCain Answers Obama on Iraq in New Mexico Town Hall

At a town hall that just concluded (orchestrated masterfully to rebut the speech Obama gave this morning) John McCain said, "Barack Obama is directly contradicting statements he made regarding the surge in Iraq. Today we know the surge is succeeding."

McCain went on to say of Obama's statement before he heads off to Iraq:

Sen. Obama is departing soon on a trip abroad that will include a fact-finding mission to Iraq and Afghanistan. And I note that he is speaking today about his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan before he has even left, before he has talked to Gen. Petraeus, before he has seen the progress in Iraq, and before he has set foot in Afghanistan for the first time. In my experience, fact-finding missions usually work best the other way around: first you assess the facts on the ground, then you present a new strategy.

McCain didn't mince words on his thoughts about this plan, "he has it exactly backwards. It is the success of the surge that shows us the way to succeed in Afghanistan. They are not disconnected. Success breeds success."

To see the fiery conclusion to his remarks,


Asserting that Pakistan's sanctuary of terrorists must end, McCain went on to say that the US has to convince Pakistan that this is their fight too.

He concluded boldly:

I won't bluster and I won't make idle threats, but understand this: when i am Commander in Chief, there will be no where that terrorists can run and no where they can hide. I will get Osama bin Laden and I will bring him to justice. . . let me conclude by saying, in wartime, experience and judgement matter. They matter. In my entire life, nothing has been more important than the security and well-being of the country that I love.

The speech was followed by a sparky Q&A where he showed the flair we've come to expect from the context he really shines.

Which speech grabbed you this morning? Did McCain sufficiently answer Obama's "major policy address?"


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