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Explosive GQ Piece: McCain Tried To Upend al-Maliki Government September 17, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in Foreign Policy, McCain, News, Politics.

Huffington Post

Sam Stein

September 17, 2008 07:17 PM

An explosive piece in GQ Magazine alleges that in July 2007, John McCain urged President Bush to cut off its ties with the al-Maliki government in Iraq, a move meant to spur reform but one that had the potential to undermine the fragile governing body upon which McCain currently rests such high hopes.

“It suddenly seemed that the efforts of the surge might be for naught,” the magazine reports. “And so, shortly after returning from Iraq, McCain and [Sen. Lindsey] Graham visited President Bush at the White House. According to three individuals with knowledge of the July 11 conversation, the pair advised Bush to cut all ties with al-Maliki unless he showed immediate signs of engagement. Such a move on Bush’s part would be tantamount to encouraging a coup against Iraq’s first democratically elected prime minister, but McCain and Graham saw the situation as a desperate one. We’ve got a military strategy that’s working, they told the president. And it’s being undercut by an Iraqi government that’s dysfunctional.  Source Article



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