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Sorry, Sen. McCain, but Gen. Petraeus disagrees with you on the Iraq issue
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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Republican Sen. John McCain, the war hawk’s war hawk, recommended the other day that President Obama fire his entire national security team and replace them with retired Army Gen. David Petraeus.

Petraeus previously was the head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and was later the boss at the CIA. He retired a few years ago after an adulterous affair came to light.

But that sex scandal isn’t the principal reason why we should wonder at McCain’s enthusiasm for having Petraeus on call to deal with Iraq.

As Steve Benen POINTS OUT, the general is not on the same page as McCain:

…Petraeus is at odds with former admirers, who say that immediate military action is necessary to stabilize the country.


 


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.


 


That aligns with President Barack Obama’s assessment that any military engagement must be conditioned on a political plan that would form a national unity government aimed at healing long-standing wounds between the clashing sectarian groups.


 

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