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John McCain

John Sidney McCain III  is the senior United States Senator from Arizona. He was the Republican nominee for president in the 2008 United States election.  McCain followed his father and[…]

If you were a democratically inclined Iraqi, you’d be very happy that Saddam Hussein is gone.

John McCain: I think it depends on individual experiences in Iraq; but I think that the citizens of Baghdad that used to be subjected to arbitrary killing and imprisonment, especially brutal to young women by Saddam Hussein’s sons – I think if you were democratically inclined, that you’re very happy that Saddam Hussein is gone. But I think there’s also frustration because of our four years of failure – failed policy in Iraq, and I understand that. But I think you’re now seeing where the reverse flow of refugees in a more secure environment – Iraqis beginning to probably say, “I’m glad that the Americans are here doing the right thing.” But I also think the Iraqis want more and more to take over the responsibilities, and I hope that the military is capable of doing that. I believe the military is capable of doing it; but I come around again to my initial answer to you. They’ve got to have a functioning central government effectively.

Recorded on: 11/20/07