Mid-March, to CNN:
His [Sadr’s] influence has been on the wane for a long time.March 18, Jordan:
Well, it’s common knowledge and has been reported in the media that Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran. That’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.March 31, to the New York Times:
Apparently it was Sadr who asked for the cease-fire, declared a cease-fire. It wasn’t Maliki. Very rarely do I see the winning side declare a cease-fire.From the hearings with General Petraeus, April 8:
Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McCain did not appear to make any major mistakes in the hearing, although Mr. McCain did seem to get momentarily tangled over Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia.
It happened just after Mr. McCain asked General Petraeus if he still viewed Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a Sunni group, as a major threat, and elicited the response, “It is still a major threat, though it is certainly not as major a threat as it was, say, 15 months ago.”
Mr. McCain responded, “Certainly not an obscure sect of the Shiites over all ... .”
To which General Petraeus replied, “No.”
Mr. McCain continued, “Or the Sunnis or anybody else.”
Reality check? Al Qaeda wants to keep coming after us. And, should we bomb bomb Iran and somehow cede supremacy in the region in the aftermath, AQ will go after Iran.
John McCain. Because war not only means never having to say you're sorry, but also never having to really understand who you're at war with in the first place.