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December 10, 2007

Senator McCain says ‘we are winning the war in Iraq.’

Senator McCain, when asked what he would do as president to repair the image of America in the Muslim world, noted that we are succeeding and winning the war in Iraq.

Well, I would do a lot of things, but the first and most important and vital element is to continue this surge which is succeeding and we are winning the war in Iraq.

That's the first thing I would do. I would make sure that we do what we can to help reconstruct the country, to help the Maliki government move forward as rapidly as possible to train the police.

But I'll tell you one other thing we're -- I'm going to do, is we're going to fight back the Democrats' efforts to set a date for withdrawal which is a date for surrender… And I'm telling you, that if we continue this strategy, we can succeed.

Since 2003, the American military presence in Iraq hasn’t solved political problems and sectarian violence in Iraq. Furthermore, an article published by the New York Times in 2006 reveals that 16 US spy agencies inside of the government contend that “the invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism, and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.”  Withdrawal is needed, not a continued surge.


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