McCain: Bring Back Petraeus and Crocker

by Greg Pollowitz

U.S. Sen. John McCain said Thursday that the military and political leaders who helped win the war in Iraq should be brought back to figure out how to deal with the resurgence of militants there.

Speaking at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, he named retired Army Gen. David Petraeus and former U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker as two of his choices to lead the effort. He also said that he is not calling for sending more American troops into Iraq.

“This is one of the most serious crises that I can recall,” he said.

President Barack Obama is weighing a range of short-term military options to quell the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency, which has captured two Iraqi cities. . .