Monday, January 22, 2007

Al-Qaida 'Wants To Follow Us Home'

Sen. John McCain, a probable GOP presidential candidate, says he would like more, but 20,000 additional U.S. troops in Iraq may be enough to turn the tide. The Arizona Republican who supports the surge also said he is leaning against supporting Gen. George Casey, former Iraq commander, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He added he has not yet decided whether to run for president, but his staff is "making all the preparations to move forward." Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., appeared along with McCain on "Meet the Press".
Senator John McCain
McCain said the U.S. public, which strongly opposes a troop increase in polls, should be made "more aware of the consequences of failure" in Iraq. "If we leave Iraq, I am convinced that al-Qaida and terrorist organizations will want to follow us home." Kennedy said Democrats support gradual withdrawal from Iraq, and did not rule out leaving some U.S. troops in the country.