McCain’s flip-flop on military withdrawal goes by the book

Arizona Republic
by E.J. Montini

04/03/07

The senator wanted American troops out of the war zone and offered a controversial amendment on the Senate floor that would have restricted funds for U.S. forces except for those needed to pay for a ‘prompt and orderly withdrawal.’ The president called it a breach of executive authority, but the senator was adamant. He argued that to remain as an occupying force would needlessly endanger American lives. Later, he wrote, ‘And I ended by fairly shouting, ‘Whose responsibility is that? Whose responsibility is that?’ — implying that the blood of future casualties would be on our hands.’ This wasn’t an anti-war Democrat speaking about Iraq in 2007. It was our own Sen. John McCain in 1993, speaking about Somalia...

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