McCain: Iraq Withdrawal a ‘Serious Mistake’

by Katrina Trinko

John McCain called the withdrawal of troops from Iraq by the end of the year a “serious mistake.”


“I think it’s a serious mistake. And there was never really serious negotiations between the administration and the Iraqis. They could have clearly made an arrangement for U.S. troops,” McCain said on This Week.

Yes, I’m here in the region. And, yes, it is viewed in the region as a victory for the Iranians,” he added. “So I think it’s — it’s a serious mistake. I believe we could have negotiated an agreement. And I’m very, very concerned about increased Iranian influence in Iraq.”

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