McCain criticizes Clinton for Iraq strategy

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RENO, Nev. – Republican Sen. John McCain criticized Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton’s move to repeal congressional authorization for the Iraq war, saying it’s “the worst possible idea that anybody could have.” Speaking to reporters after a town hall meeting Saturday in Reno, McCain said the new war strategy announced by President Bush in January is beginning to show “some success” and should be given a chance to succeed. “I think it’s a bad idea for us to again tie up the United States Senate in something that won’t be successful,” McCain said. “I think it again perhaps will send the wrong signal to our men and women who are trying to succeed over there. “I just think it’s the worst possible idea that anybody could have,” he added. “I’ll do everything in my power to see that it doesn’t succeed.” The Republican presidential candidate’s criticism came two days after Clinton, a Democratic presidential candidate, joined legislation that would require Bush to seek new authority from Congress to extend the conflict beyond Oct. 11, 2007. McCain, whose meeting was dominated by questions about Iraq and immigration, said he hopes the buildup of 21,500 more U.S. troops in Iraq will give the Iraqis time to mend sectarian fractures within the government and resolve other reconciliation issues. The Arizona senator insisted security around Baghdad has improved and that the U.S. is dealing better with improvised explosive devices. But he acknowledged suicide bombings are on the upswing and insurgents are moving outside Baghdad. “(The insurgents) are by no means subdued and they are continuously supplied from Iran and Syria,” he said. “But I do believe now we have an opportunity to succeed. There’s some good news, not a lot, but there’s some good news already out of Iraq.” last_img

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