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U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) smiles as he talks to reporters after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Here's John McCain Wednesday night, saying the U.S. should do "what a number of other military leaders have recommended" on Iraq, which he claims is...
...that we go in, we use airpower, we get some boots on the ground, a few that can identify targets.
And who does he think should lead us in our return to war? You guessed it:
"It's an immediate emergency. I would call in the people that won in Iraq and the leader of the of course is General David Petraeus," said Senator McCain.
Well, sorry, John. He thinks you're wrong:
The retired general warned Wednesday that the political conditions now in Iraq mean that military intervention would falter because both sides would perceive the United States as favoring one religious faction against another rather than as squashing terrorism alone.

“This cannot be the United States being the air force for Shia militias, or a Shia on Sunni Arab fight,” he said at a London conference.

I don't know whose unnamed "military leaders" are that McCain claims want to go back to war in Iraq, but David Petraeus isn't one of them.

8:54 AM PT: Hey, but if this is true, then maybe all hope is not lost for John's cause:

AP reporting: Obama is expected to announce Thursday that he is deploying about 100 Green Berets to Iraq to help train & advise Iraqi forces
I'm sure it won't satisfy McCain, but it certainly sounds like it would be a step in his direction.

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