McCain: "Obama will tell you we can't win in Afghanistan without losing in Iraq"
MESSAGE TO OBAMA: AMERICANS AREN”T LOSERS!
Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Tuesday his Democratic foe Barack Obama was “wrong” on Iraq, and guilty of “bluster” and “idle threats” about striking al-Qaida in Pakistan.
McCain scathingly responded to a major foreign policy address by Obama, by declaring the “status quo” in Afghanistan, as violence rises, was not acceptable, and accused his rival of wanting to lose the war in Iraq.
“Today we know Senator Obama was wrong. The surge has succeeded and because of its success, the next President will inherit a situation in Iraq in which America’s enemies are on the run,” McCain said in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Arizona senator, who had long called for a troop escalation strategy in Iraq finally introduced last year, said the surge was a model for how to defeat insurgents and radicals in Afghanistan.
“The status quo in Afghanistan is not acceptable. Security in Afghanistan has deteriorated and our enemies are on the offensive,” McCain said.
“Senator Obama will tell you we can’t win in Afghanistan without losing in Iraq,” McCain said, referring to the Illinois senator’s plan to withdraw most U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months and send two extra combat brigades to the Afghan war.
“In fact, he has it exactly backwards, it is precisely the success of the surge in Iraq that shows us the way to succeed in Afghanistan.
“With the right strategy and the right forces, we can succeed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I know how to win wars.”
But, then again, maybe Obama wants to lose Afghanistan, too?
Why would Obama want to stop at Iraq?