July 23rd, 2008
04:45 PM ET

Confident McCain can deal with Iraq?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain has staked much of his campaign on the war in Iraq and the surge. He tells us every day how he was right about the surge – how the surge was the answer to all our problems in Iraq. Maybe not exactly.

Last night McCain proved his timeline about the surge is all wrong. In an interview on CBS, Katie Couric pointed out that Barack Obama says while the increase in troops helped security, a Sunni awakening and the Shiite government going after the militias before the surge were also major factors in reducing the violence.

McCain replied: "I don't know how you respond to something that is such a false depiction of what actually happened. Colonel McFarland was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks. Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that's just a matter of history."

Wrong again, Senator. The Sunni awakening in Anbar happened before President Bush ever announced the surge in January of 2007. In fact, the now-General Sean McFarland briefed the media in September 2006 about tribal leaders who were cooperating with Iraqi security forces against al Qaeda. Several news organizations reported on the Anbar Awakening taking place months before the surge.

Obama's campaign points out that McCain has his facts wrong. McCain's response is the Democrats are trying to minimize the role of our commanders and our troops. But if your campaign for president is built on your assertion that you are most qualified to be commander-in-chief, shouldn't you at least be able to accurately cite the recent history of the war you're asking the voters to put you in charge of?

Here’s my question to you: How much confidence do you have in John McCain's ability to deal with Iraq?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bob writes:
Agreed, John McCain, is a true combat, patriotic hero. However, he's simply the son of high-ranking, military aristocracy, near last in his class at Annapolis. For me, he inspires no more confidence than what we now have, with another 'pushed through', C-grade at Yale, son of political aristocracy, President Bush. My "confidence" is in a self-made, gifted, son of the common people of this country, Obama. Not another silver spoon inheritor of a position he's likely less capable of handling

Ryan writes:
How can you have confidence in a man that is so out-of-touch with what his alleged strength? He doesn't know when the Sunni awakening was, and he regularly confuses the Shiites and Sunni. If this is his strong suit, how will he do with the economy, which he admits is not his strong suit?

Janet from St Paul, Minnesota writes:
Who gave the best advice to win in Iraq some 4 yrs ago? I recall McCain said bring in 30-40,000 more troops, while Obama was complaining. McCain needs a good V.P. however as his age will be a factor to handle this stressful job.

Marcus from Charlotte, North Carolina writes:
Why is the media covering up for this guy? Are they being paid off? Or are they afraid they will lose their jobs if they don't report favorably about the millionaire and his wife? No one needs to bash McCain, he bashes himself every other day with contradictions and ignorance.

Robin from Germany writes:
Yes, the Awakening began before the surge, snuffing out Al Qaeda in Anbar. However, without the surge, Sunni/Shia violence in Baghdad would still be out of control. Is John McCain qualified on this issue? Of course he is. He visited Anbar just as the Awakening began succeeding and realized that more troops were needed to control the increasing violence outside of Anbar. It is no coincidence that significant progress has been made. Perhaps it's just too complicated for the media to understand.

Jeff from Phoenix writes:
Absolutely, I trust he can deal with Iraq and bring us victory, and then he can bring us victory in Iran, and N. Korea, and resurrect Vietnam and the Cold War and he can bring us victory there also. And then we can rule the world and bring all the jobs back here and buy SUVs again

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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Diane Glasser

    Zero! He has not made sense since he started discussing "his ideas" on Iraq that just mirrored Bushes.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  2. Michael Smith, New Orleans

    None whatsoever. McCain keeps touting the "victory" of the "surge" without mentioning the death toll of U.S. troops which resulted. He says we are winning in Iraq, but he doesn't think we should leave. He keeps putting the typical Republican spin on the same old failed policies and thinks voters can be fooled again. Enough is enough is enough.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  3. Jackie in Dallas, TX

    I'm not even confident he can find his home state, much less deal with Iraq, Iran, or the economy!

    July 23, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  4. Ray Kinserlow

    I have no confidence that hundred years war McSame can handle the Iraq War.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    July 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  5. Rocky - Michigan

    It's more the lack of confidence that Obama can deal with Iraq. This is still mainly about energy prices!!!!!!

    July 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  6. David, Orlando, FL

    Oh he’ll deal with it alright – the same way Bush has, with more of McSame. He doesn’t have a exit strategy any more that Bush did. Why do you think he wants to stay there for 100 years. He wants to make sure he is gone and forgotten by the time anyone has to clean up the mess and suffer the consequences of a failed administration.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  7. Jim in BC

    Diane is right.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  8. Michael, Lorain, Ohio

    Virtually none, he goes out talking about the surge working but doesn't give credit where credit is due. The Iraqi government using dimplomatic negotiations with different ethnics groups (wow, what a concept). Of course, no one mentions the Al-Sadr cease-fire having any bearing, either. Why, because the Republicans want all of the credit when something goes right and none of the credit when something goes wrong.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  9. Mark - Asheville, NC

    I'm not confident that either McCain or Obama is competent to deal with Iraq. But, McCain does have a resume that takes up pages, whereas Obama's only requires a few lines – he has accomplished next to nothing as Senator except running for President.

    This election really is about choosing the lesser of two evils and I do not want either of them.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  10. Caryn, Washington DC

    After his latest gaffe last night on CBS where he showed that he was completely confused about the timeline of the surge and the Andar Awakening, I'm convinced that he is inept. I'm also beginning to wonder why he was touting all of this "foreign policy experience" knowledge to begin with.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  11. Jenny Rome Ga

    First define "deal with". Then McCain would have to remember exactly where it is located. Then he would have to remember where he put the keys to the nuclear bombs. In short, I doubt he could deal with Iraq at all.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  12. BOB in Michigan

    Nada, Nix, Zilch Get the point Jack? McCain has shown, by his frequent gaffes, that he does not even understand the most minute points about the Iraq conflict. I think he should also take a high school level geography course

    July 23, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  13. JT in NYC

    I'm sure he'll do great. After all, he has lots of experience in winning wars.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  14. Charles, Lansing, MI

    I heard that the last three times McCain went to Iraq he was actually looking for Yugoslavia.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  15. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    McCain has had tremendous successes in dealing with Iran, with Russia, with France, with China, and with North Korea. We know that from the way the USA gets along with those nations, and by the feeling of well-being we get from our associations and negotiations with them. I can see no reason that dealing with Iraq will be different.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  16. A Kraft Naples, FL

    not at all...with all his gaffes (10 in one week) he seems to get more inept every time he talks (if that is possible) I find it sad he is so out of touch with so many things...how on earth could a man so lacking be even considered as a candidate for president....scarey

    July 23, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  17. internationally exposed

    is the surge the reason for the iraq war? i thought it was WMD then Saddam and Alqeada then Democracy in middle east and now the Surge. Is olg age setting in or am missing something.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  18. Esther Marie Dyson

    if McCain goes into office Iraq will be a blood bath

    July 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  19. Terry in Hanover County

    I'm concerned about McCain's continuing mental lapses. Remember when Reagan joked about bombing Russia because he forgot his mike was open? And, during the last FDR administration, there's been much speculation that someone else had to call the shots because he was too ill. McCain isn't in office yet and already he's making significant gaffes about a very serious war. I'm very concerned.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  20. cindy from TX

    ZERO. I am not even confident the can dress himself!

    July 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  21. Jackie in Dallas, TX

    I hope Rex in Portland was being sarcastic!

    July 23, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  22. Emma from San Jose, CA

    John McCain really blew it today when he got historical times completely wrong regarding the surge in Iraq, It seems he did it in a desperate attempt to try to show Obama does not know what he is talking about. The real guy who doesn't know what he is talking about is McCain. His blunders make him unqualified to be a Commander in Chief. He seems to be trying very hard to keep a lid on his anger, but it is oozing out of him despite his facade. There is an irrational part of him which is worrisome.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  23. Marjorie Lominy

    One Word: NO.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  24. Johnnie (Starkville, MS)

    Jack, to be honest with you I don't have any confidence with how Mccain will deal with Iraq. He does not care about how long we stay in Iraq and the American people are ready to end this war to move on. It has just been going on too long and Mccain sees no end in sight.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  25. Rosalynd Florida

    Zero, Zip, Nada. McCain's campaign for the presidency is the worst I have ever seen. How can a candidate be taken seriously when his entire campaign is based on Iraq, a country we should not have invaded in the first place and McCain gets the details on Sunni, Shia, Anbar and so much more wrong anyway. Obama said it right, a President has to be concerned with broader issues not just Iraq.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  26. Annie, Atlanta

    None! He says he knows how to win wars, but what war did he win? And what constitutes winning in Iraq. We went in there on a lie to topple Hussein. He's toppled and dead already! What more does McCain want out of this? And more importantly, how much more do we have to give until he's satisfied?

    July 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  27. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    Of course I'm confident in McCain's ability to deal with Iraq. There's nothing more I'd rather know than the next five generations of my line will be fighting it out with the bad guys in Iraq. "We'll be in Iraq for the next hundred years."

    July 23, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  28. Daniel from LA

    Jack give me a second to think about it….ZERO!!! How many gaffes can McCain have on Iraq and world affairs and this was supposed to be his strongest suit. Since Obama went overseas he illustrates leadership, knowledge, expertise, and a warm welcome around the world. People around the world are starting to look at America in a better way again because of Obama. Back to McCain with so many gaffes and the lack of geography in the past 5 days or so this just confirms he has no clue! On what’s going on in the world.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  29. Wendy

    None! He doesn't know the difference between Shia and Suni. He was not aware that the "awakening" occured before the surge. He thinks that Iraq and Afghanistan border each other. He continuously gets the number of troops wrong.

    Because he is incapable of strategy and doesn't know what else to do, he will keep the troops there forever. The poor old thing just doesn't have a clue!

    San Rafael, CA

    July 23, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  30. Betty - AL

    Nope – bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb

    McCain has lost his mind.


    July 23, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  31. Bob in Boise

    I am sure McCain will do a wonderful job dealing with Iraq. All he needs to do is keep doing goading Obama into taking a trip over there. Obama can do all the work, and McCain can take all the credit for sending him.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  32. Michael, Orlando, Florida.

    McCain is odd man out, even Bush is singing different rhyme on Iraq. McCain memory is fixated with the past, but the recent memory is totally ablated, so he cannot accept that the war is over in Iraq.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  33. F. Taylor Ontario

    Well Jack without trying to be facious John McCain's war experience is limited to surrendering. If there is more than I've never heard of it or read about it.

    The only reason for continuing on in Iraq is to keep the no bid oil companies floating in green unless of course the new idea of letting others in on the action takes away their gold mine.

    My question would be when will there be as much death and destruction created in Iraq to equal what had taken place under the Saddam Hussien?

    July 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  34. internationally exposed

    the buzz and media frenzy over Obama's trip shows how much the rest of the world love and respect America and cant wait for American leadership. why is it so hard for America to get it?

    July 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  35. Judie

    I have about as much confidence in McCains' ability to handle Iraq as I have in my fairy god mother appearing and waving her wand to make me young again and rich in my life time. I have a better shot at the visitation by the fairy than McCain has at visiting Iraq as President.

    St. Augustine, Fl

    July 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  36. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    i'm not even confident Mccain can find it on a map. The guy's a bonafide hero, okay, but that doesn't mean he's got the right answers or even knows the right questions to ask.
    Not every vet is Eisenhower. If presidential history tells us anything it is that more often than not our worst Presidents were military heroes.

    Pablo in Arlington Texas

    July 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  37. Greg from Ohio

    I'm convinced that McCain will do a great job: as long as we keep a sufficient level of troops to defend the Iraq-Pakistan border, we're safe. Your thoughts?

    July 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  38. Ed Reed

    None. I'm sorry, but Sen. McCain is losing it. He helped get us into Iraq before we had finished the job in Afghanistan, he thinks the surge caused the Anbar Awakening , he can't seem to tell the Sunni from the Shia, and he doesn't understand which countries border each other. How can that inspire confidence?

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    July 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  39. J.D.

    Unless McCain has his buddy Lieberman around to whisper in his ear, he makes idiotic errors and gaffes relating to Iraq and the Middle East at large. From what I can gather, his Iraqi policy amounts to staying there. If things are bad we must stay and if things are good we must stay to prevent them from going bad. He has never articulated his vision of "victory" because he has none. Quite frankly, this man shouldn't be in the Senate, let alone the White House.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  40. me46

    Razicudlo (Las Vegas)
    One's ability to make peace is directly proportionate to one's willingness to make peace.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  41. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    None. He has to learn to pronounce Iraq properly first before he offers soutions to their problems. It is wrong to believe that it needs military experience to make a sound political decision. The problem in Iraq is not military and military solutions will only prolong the debacle thus, no matter the amount of military resources we commit to Iraq, the underlying problems will persist which is perhaps why McCain prophesied that it may take one hundred years to resolve. The Iraqi problems needs an administrator who understands that military solutions to wars never work, that ending wars is both a political decision and a genuine effort at reconciliation. McCain has simply admitted that it may take him 100 years to accomplish- time that neither he nor you and for that matter me do hot have.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  42. Bev, Los Angeles

    Jack, After this week of confusing facts and geography, last week's not remembering that the Czech Repulic exists and continually confusing the differing Muslam factions, I don't see how can deal with his own life let alone Iraq and the rest of the world. It may be that he is too old and dementia is setting in. Do we really want to consider that for a President.

    Also, his judgement is off. Even when Malaki endorses Obama's plan for Iraq and Bush moves closer to Obama's position as well, McCain keeps talking about the surge. Who cares? What do we do NOW! Let's elect Obama and regain our respect and our losses in the Global economy/world.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  43. Rod from Allentown PA

    Wake up folks. It is not Iraq, it has never been Iraq. Oil and Iran are what are in the cross hairs.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  44. Anne/Seattle

    Very little. He has a narrow view of what can and should be done and is limited to a military victory. He faulted Obama for not going to Iraq and now that he has, McCain sits on the sidelines heckling rather than using his opponet's travel to expand on his on his own policy. Maybe that's because he doesn't have a real policy while Obama remains open to new information while laying out definite plans that will create a definite and successful outcome to an ill conceived war.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  45. Lawton Springdale AR.

    Jack. When are we and the media going to come to our senses? McCain is a walking , whining gaffe. One mispeak after the other! He has no idea about what needs to be done in the Middle East. Foreign policy expert my ass! Who had the audacity to give him that label? His campaign has become a total joke. Everyone seems to know this but MCain and about 30% of right wingers who support him. Will it ever endThanks Jack

    July 23, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  46. cy gardner

    Here's my question back at ya: Does Phil Gramm advise McCain on Iraq, too? Maybe Iraq is just a psychological problem and all the Iraqis who want us to leave are just a bunch of whiners. cy gardner arlington,va

    July 23, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  47. Michelle- Washington, DC

    I have about as much faith in the ability of John McCain to solve the Iraq crisis as I have in the President's ability to solve the Rubik's cube.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  48. Kara Sidney, Ohio

    None. How can any American have confidence in his ability to deal with Iraq when he doesn't understand basic geography? Nevermind, I just answered my own question!

    July 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  49. Jed in Redding, CA

    John McCain talks endlessly about the need for victory in Iraq. Fine. He talks about not surrendering. Again, That's fine too. I get that. But just whom exactly would we be surrendering to and how does he define 'Victory' in Iraq. We aren't fighting Nazis or Commies over there: Were occupying a soveriegn nation who wants us to leave some time in the next two years. All of their problems (yes, all of them) are internal problems and only the Iraqis can solve them. All of their problems (again, all of them) while they may have miltary faces on them have diplomatic and political solutions to them. All we should have to do from here on out is whatever we can to help the Iraqis fix their own country.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  50. sarah, indiana

    he is a whole lot better than the hot air vendor who seems to think he can speechify our enemies into submission.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  51. Harold

    I would be more interested if he would just define WINNING.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  52. Jack Carlson

    Only one thing to say about that Jack: "Who was pushing the Pres to bring in more troops into Iraq for the past four years". McCain requested 30-40,000 more troops some 3-4 years ago.
    Oh yes, that was John McCain folks.
    Who is trying to take credit now by saying 16 month withdrawal? Oh yes, that is Obama. He's slick and smooth , however needs another 10 years of experience to become Pres. He lacks experience and that is obvious.
    Jack Carlson
    Minneapolis, Mn

    July 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  53. Brian from NY

    Until McCain can tell me exactly what "Victory" in Iraq is, I have no confidence in his ability to handle Iraq. McCain's strategy seems to be when its bad, we need to stay so it doesn't get worse and when its good we need to stay so it doesn't get bad. When does it end?

    July 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  54. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    Less and less, the more he talks about it! Honestly, I am beginning to be concerned about him. I know repetition is part of it, but he seems to be getting angrier and more forgetful. He seems stuck on one thing all the time. He needs help but I don't see any Republicans really coming to his aid. Who's "running" his campaign, anyway?

    July 23, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  55. Erin in Kalamazoo

    less with every day I hear about his latest confusion.

    clarity on international borders or Iraqi religious factions would be nice for the leader of the free world who happens to be conducting a military operation in said region BUT
    not getting the skinny on Czechoslovakia straight is pretty scary and worse the latest Iraqi timeline confusion on CBS shows that the guy just hasn't done his homework... or he has but has since forgotten it!

    July 23, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  56. Tina

    Why can't they stay home and fix our needs? Good grief.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  57. Kay in WV

    Neither candidate inspires confidence that they can deal with any of the messes that they will inherit in January. Maybe it's not too late to add "None of the above" to the ballot?

    July 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  58. Will from San Jose, CA

    McCain keeps telling us that he, "knows how to win wars." I have total respect for the sacrifices he has made for our country as a solider and POW, but I have to ask...

    Which war did McCain win?

    July 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  59. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    The more he opens his mouth, the less confidence he inspires. This is not the same McCain that ran in the year 2000.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  60. dennis north carolina

    NO, McCain is Bush's twin. What makes him worse is that he is a vet and pow so to keep our men and women in harms way under a false idea that it is for freedom when it is for oil and Bush's father's mistake in the first gulf war when he should have completed the mission which would have freed the Iraqi people.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  61. mitchell ,arkansaw

    very confident.if things get out of hand ,he can just move their borders to canada,where things are a lot quieter.

    July 23, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  62. Rosalynd Florida

    Zero, Zip, Nada. McCain’s campaign for the presidency is the worst I have ever seen. How can a candidate be taken seriously when his entire campaign is based on Iraq, a country we should not have invaded in the first place and McCain gets the details on Sunni, Shia, Anbar and so much more wrong anyway. Obama said it right, a President has to be concerned with broader issues not just Iraq.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  63. Jaime, Plantation FL

    I don't have much confidence, but then I also don't think it was a gaffe. I think he deliberately set to lay out a version of events that plays well with his campaign narrative. He knows much of the public doesn't follow up on these things and just goes with the first impressions.

    In other words, he intentionally lied through his teeth relying on our stupidity and the laziness of the media to allow him to make political gains.

    Let's not all pretend to be shocked by this. He is a politician. Some lie about amorous affairs, others lie about foriegn events. This is par for the course.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  64. linda n carolina

    Jack, McCain's campaign has got to be the most inept in history. Doesn't that give you a clue about what his cabinet will be like? Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if McCain doesn't come down with some medical problem and drops out. I've heard of holding your nose and pulling the lever.....hec , they're going to be handing out barf bags at the voting booths this year.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  65. Sandra fromTexas

    I have no confidence that John McCain can deal with anything. I am becoming increasingly uneasy that this man is one toke over the line.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  66. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    The poor old guy is getting delusional. I cannot believe that the Republican Party is serious about continuing the battle with this old war horse.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  67. Bizz in PA

    The only confidence I have in John McCain's ability to deal with Iraq is his willingness to keep troops there for 100 years to protect the oil.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  68. circy in New Mexico

    Zero confidence in McCain. He couldn't give you accurate directions to the nursing home.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  69. James Marshall, Cullowhee

    Don't be too hard on McCain. He demonstrated his warfare forte by being number 6 from the bottom out of 897 graduates from the United States Naval Academy. It is clear then that he can be an over achiever!

    July 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  70. Jay Wayne, Escazu, Costa Rica

    Does this man have any other position than the 'Surge' ? The whole invasion was a disaster. Two things come to mind, Rudy and his success with harping on and on about 9/11 and the infamous question asked of Mrs. Lincoln... "other than that, how was the play? ". Mr. McCain, give us a break. You stated that you know how to win a war; do you know how to END one ?

    Jay Wayne
    Costa Rica

    July 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  71. Stephen

    takes one to know one!

    July 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  72. Oliver-Canyon Lake

    Not very much because his memory seems to failing him. When you listen to him talk all he talks about is the surge and sometimes you can't help but very sorry for Mr. McCain because he looks pitiful! Nevertheless, I trust Senator McCain about as far as I can throw him and that's not very far!

    July 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  73. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    NONE! He is a warmonger and will do anything to justify going to war with anyone. I mean really, where has he been the past 7 years except siding with Bush and joking about bombing Iran.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  74. Patricia

    I'm confident that John Mc"Bush" will continue the same path of the other Bush. I am not confident that Sen. McCain will do as the Iraqi's ask & leave. I am confident that after our troops train the Iraqi troops to stand on their own, that the Iraqi Government will tell us to leave & if a President McCain says no, that the Iraqi Government will order those Iraqi troops to escort us out of Iraq or a new Iraq war will start with the troops we've just trained. You heard it here 1st America. The Iraq Government we've backed will indeed send it's new troops after us, to get us out of Iraq.
    Anyone wanna bet...??
    Palmdale, Ca.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  75. chris,oregon

    As confident as hiking with my untied left shoe on my right foot vie via.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  76. Laura , Oregon

    omg this is getting totally embarrassing, I am uncomfortable just watching him speak....And if he says "My Friends" one more time..... If he has some friends, they should give him some sound advice.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  77. JD in NC

    Little to no confidence, Jack. He claims that "facts on the ground" will dictate when and how we withdraw, but when he is caught getting the facts wrong, be tries to bully through by questioning people's patriotism. It isn't unpatriotic to point out we had an important strategic victory before the surge ever began.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  78. Karl in CA

    Lacking any idea of what a win in Iraq amounts to, I have to give a no vote of confidence. He is stuck in "the surge worked" mode and I'm surprised that, at his age, he hasn't broken his arm patting himself on the back for that. but unfortunately he has no clue of what comes next.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  79. Peter Baril

    McCain's main claim to wisdom (on Iraq) is that he supported the surge while Obama isn't dancing in the streets because it 'worked'. Obama and the American people have simply had a belly full of retail 'Sale' signs that make you wonder how much the merchant raised the price before announcing the so-called 'Sale'. The question we need to ask is, "To what obscene levels did George W. McCain have to raise the casuallty rate before daring to pretend the surge has 'worked'?

    July 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  80. Scott Billings, Mt


    It sounds as if McCain may be suffering from a "mental recession"l regarding the facts of the surge. I'm confident he'll soon forget about it, but we voters will not.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  81. John, NC

    Well Jack, we have 100 years if that's what it takes to "succede", right? Oh! it seems that in the eyes of Senator McCain we already did.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  82. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    A young John McCain would of been able to deal with Iraq, this older, out of touch, gaff filled man is not capable of that anymore. I think his frustration is making him angry and he is not looking like a confident candidate for the greatest office in the world.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  83. Denise, Brooklyn, New York

    I honestly don't know who the bigger clown is, McCain or Obama. Neither of them have the skills to get out of mile high ditch George Bush has thrown the country into. On the afternoon of January 20, 2009, I suggest we put George Bush on a C-130 and drop him off in the heart of Iraq and let him dig himself back home.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  84. mello doug

    I too am of the school that believes just because he was a fighter pilot and got shot down and spent time as a POW that qualifies him as commander and chief. Not so fast. I would like some one who had a sense of history, knew what the priorities were and surrounded himself with intelligent people and was capable of making sound decisions. I don't think that is McCain. I also served my time in the military and that does not make me a general.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  85. Sandy in Corvallis OR

    I'm becoming increasingly worried about, and disappointed with, John McCain. Can his last two weeks' many mistakes be attributed to anything but age? More importantly, McCain had the audacity to boast that he was more patriotic because he would rather lose an election than a war. OMG! What he actually lost was the lives of over 4000 brave soldiers (and another 25,000 who are critically wounded) on a war that should NEVER have been waged. That makes Obama the patriot in my eyes!

    July 23, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  86. Charles

    If McCain can tell us every time he open his mouth that he was right about the surge but if he and other in congress (ask him that question) really did listern to Obama about the war , they would not be in a war and they would have not need a surge and many America would be a living today and ask McCain was Obama right about not going to war.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  87. Al, Lawrence KS

    McCain is totally capable of dealing with Iraq...if he can find it.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  88. JW Georgia

    Confidence in McCain? Let's check the record. He crashed his expensive government plane. We didn't win in Viet Nam. He's been in the Senate a long time and we're in a mess. He wants to win in Iraq, but after five years most of us have no idea what that means. His Senate voting record has helped to yield a 9.5 TRILLION dollar deficit. And he wants to keep troops even for a hundred years if he deems necessary. I'm sure he's a nice old man (with ocassional temper tantrums) but I'm afraid my confidence in him isn't high. The Republicans had a shot. Time to move on.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  89. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    For McCain to say that the surge in Iraq is a success is ridiculous. The whole war has been a total fiasco. As for McCain saying that he has war experience,how can that be so when he spent the Vietnam war as a P.O.W.?

    July 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  90. Janet Johnson

    Who gave the best advice to win in Iraq some 4 yrs ago – I recall McCain said bring in 30-40,000 more troops; while Obama was complaining.
    McCain needs a good VP however as his age will be a factor to handle this stressful job.
    Janet J
    St Paul, Mn

    July 23, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  91. Gary

    McCain is strugling for his political footing while Obama is on his publicity tour. 'Angry old politician" Hey, it might work. It's all show no reality.


    July 23, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  92. John in California

    The country has no confidence in Bush's plans for Iraq. It has been this way for years. Can someone please tell me how McCain's plan is any different? A new leader using the same plan makes no difference.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  93. Tom Huntington,NY

    McCain doesn't know the difference between Sunni and Shia. He doesn't know what country borders Iraq. He doesn't back the troops when it counts. He has no definition of victory.

    Are we really to believe that he "knows how to win wars"?

    July 23, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  94. Larry

    Jack, you are asking if I have confidence in a guy that ranked 894 out of a class of 899. Not on your life. Certainly, not on mine.

    Bolingbrook, IL

    July 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  95. Sue/PA

    Jack Carlson,
    Check out the Jed Report on John McCains history with the Iraq occupation. The truth shall set you free of your delusions.

    Jack Cafferty,
    The real problem with John McCain and his campaign staff is that he cannot remember one lie from the next. McCain use to be a Maverick in his "younger" day, but now he is an angry old man that believes war is the answer to everything. Even now, his town halls are filled with "bash Obama about this, bash Obama about that. No substance.
    It is high time the media gives him the coverage he deserves( and has been whinning about)...gaffs, untruths, and slanders against Obama and all.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  96. Jim

    How can we have confidenc in John McCain when he has been wrong about Iraq from the beginning? Now, in his dotage, he is even confusing the timeline of past events in a vain attempt to validate the surge. McCain's fundamental problem is he apparently sees the job of president as a glorified aide-de-camp to General Petraeus while Obama has a coherent world view.
    Scottsdale, AZ

    July 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  97. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    If I hear the word "surge" one more time I'm gonna puke. It was an escalation pure and simple, like the good ol' days in Viet Nam, where McCain DIDN'T win the war.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  98. Les From Lakeland, FL

    No! Maybe this is a reflection of why he finished in the bottom five of his graduating class at the Naval Academy. Stupid is as stupid does.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  99. mitchell ,arkansaw

    he made iran disappear in one day.why not iraq?

    July 23, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  100. Benjie from Laredo

    Nada, zip, the guy is clueless not to mention, can't even keep his story straight on any subject!

    July 23, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  101. Jason - Chandler, Arizona


    I have zero confidence in the Senior (and I don't mean, has held his seat longer than John Kyle) Senator from my home state of Arizona is a bit long in the tooth to be President. He refers to his days as a "foot soldier" under Reagan, his wanting to Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Iran, occupying Iraq for 50-100 years.
    He say's HE knows how to win wars? What war is that John, the one in your head? I firmly believe he will drop Nukes on Iran if he elected. He has a long of anger built up from being a POW and needs to unleash it somehow.. So why not start WW3 John and ride off into the orange glow of America..

    July 23, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  102. L.M.,Arizona

    Being close to sixty or is it sixty-one I feel very comfotable that I know my field of work but I am retired. Being an independent I was very comfortable supporting McCain in 2000 he was sixty-three two years older then I am now. I can't imagine a seventy-two year old man being at the top of his game in his field of work. If america wants to lose the rest of the little creditability we have around the world just vote for McCain I think that will lead to a feeding frenzy like a wounded whale in a sea of sharks. It could really get ugly out there.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  103. Paulina, Deventer, NL

    Are you serious? Knowing what the man has said over the last couple months and the attitude he has displayed towards, well... everything, I would feel safer with Mickey Mouse in command.
    Now I can imagine quite a lot, but I just cannot imagine anyone who's listened to him – and I mean really listen, and read between the lines – would even consider voting for this man. But hey, go ahead if you really want to get... err, you fill in the blanks.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  104. Dianne

    McCain's Campaign is 'undisciplined' and it's getting worse day-to-day. The Candidate is saying one thing & the Campaign saying another.

    McCain seems to becoming increasingly confused, makes up his own IRAQ history, is against the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy & then suddenly he's for the those Tax Cuts, first he's against U.S. torturing 'enemy combatants' & now he's all for TORTURE! He wants to VETO every BEER!

    Is this a JOKE? Or, a NIGHTMARE?

    NO. Not one ounce of confidence this guy can be President.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  105. Jonathan Beck from Buffalo, New York

    McCain is offering to the American people a big question of his sobriety and sanity daily. His accomplishments are still applauded, but the day of new accomplishments is well past. He doesn't have what it takes to handle the war; withdrawal is not defeat. If Iraq has decreased violence and the Iraqi government is ready to take over then the mission has been accomplished. Mr. McCain, bring our soldiers home.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  106. Geri Britt

    Yes. And if he isn't? I'm sure he will surround himself with people who can.

    Geri – Mead, OK

    July 23, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  107. Tom, Avon, Maine, The heart of Democracy

    I don't believe he has dealt with Vietnam yet. He told Sunjournal reporter Bonnie Washuk, "I was able to put it behind me right after I came home. It took me 45 minutes to readjust." (McCain Says He'll Return To Maine, Sunjournal 7/22/08)

    July 23, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  108. bob, oshawa, canada

    Jack, he is overrated. Like the Bush administration, he omits facts that have to be included in a fair assessment of the Iraq situation. Yes, the surge was a part of the story, but, again, not entirely. He keeps saying he wants victory in Iraq but no two people can define exactly what that means anymore. If McCain can't give an acceptable answer, then he doesn't know what he is talking about.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  109. jpowalski

    John McCain's recurring gaffes have established a PATTERN: he can't keep his facts straight, probably due to the memory loss and delusions that are common among 72 year-olds.

    America is in crisis, and the last thing we need right now is another infirm, delusional president.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  110. CarrieinSterling,VA

    I have alot more confidence in McCain ,a miliary hero, and a parent of two serving children to do what is right for the country and not what is politically popular as Obama does. Obama's refusal to admit that he was wrong on the surge and his comments that he, even knowing the success which has saved countless American lives, would have voted the same is unbeleivable.He should be held to same scruitiny and outrage that Clinton was.Of course, taking few questions, having reduced the press to paparatzi, because of his fear of making mistakes-he won't be.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  111. Paul

    He will only deal with Iraq if he can pull the strings and the leaders only bow their puppet heads in agreement.
    Round Rock, Texas

    July 23, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  112. Lynn, Vancouver

    I am more curious every day about what is on the 540 pages of the 600 pages of his military records that he hasn't released.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  113. Julius, London Ontario

    Jack, I believe we are in a time and age of the history where the entire human race is looking for non-military solutions to human problems. True that some countries still go to war but diplomacy seems to be winning the day. Consequently, McCain cannot deal with Iraq because all he knows is the way of war. I think his time as a POW makes him believe that there is something for him to prove about winning wars.

    In contrast, I am confident that Obama will be able to deal with Iraq successfully. Obama says that the solution to the current problems caused by the wrongful invasion of Iraq by Bush lies with Iraqis and their neighbors striving to have a stable region and not in the continued presence of US troops. This is true especially now that it has come to light that the reduction in violence in Iraq has mostly been due to the combination of internal efforts by Iraqis to combat insurgency and the non-military initiative made by the US in putting militias on US payroll unlike what McCain will make us believe that it has all been due to troop surge.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  114. Mark Benezra

    Listening to John McCain’s saying "I know how to win wars" is a little alarming. Sounds like a TV commercial and very reckless. I think he was doing well for a while but started making mistakes by attacking Obama rather then talk about his solutions. I was a John McCain supporter but I now suppport Obama.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  115. Doris Ky

    I don't feel confident that McCain deal with anything.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  116. Nelson, Knoxville Tenn


    Disappointed is understatement to express how I feel seeing McCain telling all these lies and getting away with them. He needs to answer so many charges of lies but unfortunately the media has continued to call him to question and yet he and his campagn had the gut to disparage the national media.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  117. Winston in Berrien Springs, MI

    Yeah, but not half as drunk as I got after I watched my 401K go straight into the toilet.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  118. Character Counts

    None at the moment. When he can accurately define its location and borders, maybe I'll consider giving him the benefit of the doubt.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  119. Bruce St Paul MN

    Where is the love? Didn't McCain help get the Sandanista's out of Panama? Hasn't he been critical of Germany's Chancellor Putin? Anyway, I know that he is the first one to bring attention to the crucial Eye-rack, Packystan border. And he had the forsight to point out that the surge was working before it happened. Maybe Yogi Berra could be his running mate.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  120. Kerry Diehl

    More confidence than I have in Obama handling the situation correctly.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  121. Jerry,OK

    Jack, Who cares if McCain can do a good job in Iraq? Can he do a good job for America...is the question?

    Jerry NTulsa

    July 23, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  122. Martha

    How can McCain tout his "experience" when he can't understand what came first, the egg or the chicken? I teach social studies, and time lines are important for understanding history. For instance, (1) the fact that we went to war on lies, which Obama was against. (2) Years later we are still at war, losing over 4000 men and women, to say nothing of the Iraqis killed. (3) The Awakening instigated by the Sunni, and (4) FINALLY, THE SURGE. If the Surge has been THAT successful, why does McCain want to stay in a country where we are no longer wanted or needed?
    He's is getting "curious and curious" each day. Is it old age-I am over 60, so I can talk.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  123. Dan from Kitchener

    Well Jack if you actually believe putting the fox in the hen house is the best way to protect the chickens then McCain is your man.

    At least he will have 4 years to figure out what constitutes a win once he figures out how to identify the enemy and just exactly where all the enemies are hiding.

    I can just here it all now McCain stops singing Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran and starts singing Dumb, Dumb, Deedle Dee Dumb. You know another olden goldie from the past.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  124. Matt in Las Vegas, NV

    Simply put, none.

    McCain has no goal other than to "win" the war in Iraq, but he can't define what a "winning" is. Are there trophies? Who announces the winner on that one? We invaded a country for no good reason, and then we are supposed to just forget that in the name of "winning"? Give me a break.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  125. J, Maryland

    Not confident. After all, there is that Iraq-Pakistan border that's causing so many problems.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  126. Independent in New Mexico

    The senator from Arizona is starting to worry me. He is getting into a very bad habit of running off at the mouth without engaging his brain, and ends up with with both feet in his mouth all the way up to his armpits. I'm not all that sure that I want to vote for for someone who doesn't have all the facts straight. ..... Some would say that we already have someone like that in the oval office, and I'm not too sure that the country can afford to make that same mistake again.......
    C in New Mexico

    July 23, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  127. Charles McClerren From Michigan

    MCain's needs to change his slogon to the BS Express, He like Bush thinks that is he said it. it is true.
    Jack why is it that no one ask Mcain how many more have to die so he can stroke pat himslef on the back and say he won the war?
    I guess Mcain would set back and let this Great country go down the drain like it has been going than to have some think we lost the war that we should have never started. Seems that gas prices have trippled sence we started the war. What happened to that Cheep gas we were promissed???

    July 23, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  128. Adam Mercer


    McCain hasn't figured out yet that everyone wants America out of Iraq...the public wants America out, the Iraqis want America out, and the rest of the world needs America out. What should be happening is that US troops go into Afghanistan, and Pakistan if need be, and get the guy who started this whole mess in the first place.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  129. John from Chicago


    I am an Iraq War veteran. I ask this of Sen McCain..

    If the surge has worked, then why not downsize and bring our troops home?? Makes sense right?

    ..because it has not worked and McCain knows it. McCain is a flip flopper and a liar. He knows Iraq would fall apart if we left. McCain has no plan for Iraq, just put yes men generals in charge and continue Bush's failed policies. More lives lost and billions more money spent.

    You media people never call him out on this.........!!!

    July 23, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  130. Jackie, Georgia

    If viagra threw mccain, what in the world would he do if an unexpected happened in Iraq and he had to deal with it, NOW.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  131. Emma from San Jose, CA

    Jamie, Plantation FL: Don't you think that there is a chance McCain's blunder might not have been deliberate and that he unknowingly let the world know about his ignorance of the Middle East? McCain shows signs of failing memory by repeatedly making inaccurate statements. He seems unaware he is waving red flags about himself.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  132. Helaine, Beaufort, South Carolina


    With McCain's gaffes lately in everything from Czechoslovakia, to the Iraq/Pakistan border to the Sunni/Shiite mix up, to Sudan and now the Anbar Awakening Time Line, I don't have confidence in his dealing with getting through the day without another snafu never mind dealing with Iraq. I think he needs to take more than weekends off.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  133. Warren - Detroit, MI


    Iraq and the middle east are very sensative subjects. While on one hand we can turn our back and each country will go back to business as usual, or we can turn our back and they'll pounce on us like a lion on a water buffalo.

    The key is effective planning and making sure than situation A happens and situation B isn't even in the play book.

    By effectively staging our withdrawl over 18 months, as Barak Obama has suggested, we'd be providing the lions with a countdown to pounce, where as by understanding the situation in Iraq and dealing with the situation in real time we'd be protecting ourself from blowback.

    No matter which candidate is elected, we could be there 18 months or we could be there 50 years. All that the candidates (both candidates) are doing now is speculating based upon forecasts of the situation in Iraq, just as George Bush did.

    As such, I would support a McCain led administration overseeing the progress in Iraq because at least he wouldn't be lieing if we ended up being there until 2060.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  134. Larry Kistner

    McCain says that if he is elected we "will never have to go back to Iraq".
    He is absolutely correct. And the reason is not that we will have achieved "victory" (always left undefined by McCain) but that it is pretty hard to to return to a place one has no intention of ever leaving.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  135. Nuwan Sam

    This man keep forgetting facts. Before we think about whether he can deal with Iraq properly, we need to think about whether he can deal with America.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    July 23, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  136. Rich S

    As much as I do not want to make it a age "thing" ...as a Republican I am deeply concerned about McCain's mental state...I have heard nothing but gaffe after gaffe. I feel embarrassed each time I hear McCain talk about things such as the big problems we have to deal with on the Iraq – Pakistan border. This is like the Ronald Reagan's last few years with Nancy by his side to whisper where he was in his ear... I cant imagine if he mis-speaks suring a debate with the whole world watching.

    July 23, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  137. Kimberley Hamilton-Santa Barbara,CA

    Handle Iraq? I feel that Mc Cain would be hard pressed to find his rear with a flashlight. He appears as if getting out of bed may be a a struggle. To even consider that he could "handle things in Iraq" when he isn't even certain where it is and on what country it borders should be telling enough.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  138. ricky

    None but i think a bigger picture may be CBS cover up of McCain lie. This whole dog and pony show would of made Nixon proud....

    July 23, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  139. Karol

    I have more confidence in McCain than Obama on Iraq – but not very much confidence in either. The best choices for both parties were left on the cutting room floor.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    July 23, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  140. Arvind

    Sen. McCain has displayed lack of consistency in thought and speech. It is likely that he is suffering from early stages of memory loss. We can't afford a president who cannot keep facts straights or keeps digging in the past to show his sound(?) judgement.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  141. collins,Tx.

    I am very concerned that Mcsame keep mixing issues up,he has repeatedly made serous gaffes that has made me change my mind about considering him come November.Jack please do me a favor-What is the actual retiring age here?I need your reply before I relocate to Iraq-Pakistan border.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  142. Katiec Pekin, IL

    No confidence in Mccain on Iraq or any policies for that matter.
    As a 72 year old I am well aware of the signs and symptems
    of aging and Mccain shows them all.
    He simply does not have the capabilities to lead our country.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  143. Ted Beaverton, OR

    McCain is so much like Bush he won't even accept facts when trhey are in flashing lights directly in the face. He keeps swimming towards the drain faster than his staff can pull him back.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  144. Clincher

    Let me tell you something. There's very few of us who have gotten strapped up in a cockpit to be launched off a catapult and ordered to drop off missiles/bombs and or attack an enemy. Even worse, to get shot down and spend several years as a POW. I think McCain has more than enough experience, both as a former military and as a Senator to be able to deal with a successful Iraq/Afghanistan solution. I back him up 100%.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  145. Stephanie, Alabama

    Jack...this one is easy! No Confidence whatsoever. But what the heck...McSame can't remember the boundries between countries, tell the difference between Shiite or Sunni, or even remember when the surge began. Chances are he will soon forget Iraq....at least we can hope!

    July 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  146. robert in raleigh


    These people have been fighting since the Old Testament days, and they are not about to stop. The best thing that we can do is try to make sure that they do it over there and not here. There is no love for the USA except from the side thats winning.....

    July 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  147. Dan Lerner (Toronto)

    About as much confidence as I have in George Bush's metaphors about wall street.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  148. Ron Hood River, Oregon

    None! I'm sorry, but if this is the pinnacle of his knowledge then God Save the GOP! McCain somehow thinks he has attained the rank of Admiral when in truth we know he left the Navy a captain! We have listened to enough bad intelligence during Bush's two terms, we don't need four more years!

    July 23, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  149. Randy Rivas

    NONE! as far off! as Mccain is on this one he's liable to get us into another world war which we wont win with much of NATO against us! because of the Iraq war.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  150. Ronald

    Lord, what a question; McSame does not even know his geography, and yet he contends that he is the foreign affairs expert, and is constantly misstating facts or is it lying to "win an election". I think John should visit the Pakistan / Iraq border and take all the press with him on this exciting junket!
    Santa Monica, CA

    July 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  151. hugh ny

    as much confidence as one should have in him ........ none!!!!! remember he supported a guy who said that a country with no weapons was a major threat,and that combat was over after one week? how can anyone have any confidence in him?

    July 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  152. Paul, VA

    as much confidence as, "heck-of-a-job"!

    July 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  153. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    If you want the best of America to have their lives in harms way for the next 50 years he's your man. To him that is "dealing with Iraq".

    July 23, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  154. Terrell

    Jack it’s funny how McCain never wants to talk about Obama’s opposition to the war from the outset. He says we can only control what’s happening today. Now, he wants to constantly remind us that Obama opposed the surge while he supported it. That’s a double standard. It’s true that the surge has helped quell the violence and Obama can now visit Iraq under better conditions. However, Obama wouldn’t have to go at all if we never went there in the first place. Contrary, to McCain’s assertions about Obama, they are saying the same thing. Obama wants out in 16 months, but leaves the door open to make changes to that plan if conditions on the ground changes. That’s a plan. McCain throws around this vague term of “victory”, but he never defines it. My confidence in McCain to deal with Iraq is high? I’m confident that he’ll keep the United States in the middle east indefinitely. That is President Bush’s plan and the one he plans to continue.

    Atlanta, GA

    July 23, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  155. Gary

    Listening to McCain talk is like listening to a "little Me Bush". He rants and raves about not losing the Iraq WAR, but everytime we lose a life over in that WAR, we have lost again, so as of now, we have lost the WAR over 4000 times.

    Gary, CO

    July 23, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  156. Bob Turton in Brooklyn NY

    Hey Jack,

    When is McCain and the Republicans gonna understand that they aren't the rulers of the entire world; and that countries with "third-world" economies and different cultural values does mean they are stupid people? The fact that our leaders refuse to understand this concept is the main reason why people in other countries hate us so much.

    Since McCain's policies towards the rest of the world are similar to Bush's, I have little confidence that McCain can deal with Iraq or any other foreign country.

    As a group, the United States can not afford financially or socially another four years of the same old same old.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  157. Janet (Cold Spring, NY)

    McCain has hung his whole politcal career on Iraq...he has no will or ability to focus on more than one war at one time. Too bad he's aimed like a laser on the wrong war. By the way, has he ever admitted that the Iraq war was an unnecessary, unprovoked, useless waste of lives and treasure? Who can trust anyone who can't even see that?

    July 23, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  158. Rachael

    None, a friend of mine said it best... "You know McCain makes a lot of sense when the TV is on mute."

    Rachael – Atlanta

    July 23, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  159. Kimberley from Texas

    Absolutely not. He isn't able to deal with his the issues of his own country. His lack of understanding in domestic issues shows that he isn't equipped to deal with the state of confusion in Iraq.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  160. alumette

    McCain is the twin brother of Bush. If elected he would continue the disastrous route we are on now with his buddy George. We need to move on and survive the republican disgrace. Good bye degenerates, hello to the bright one!

    July 23, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  161. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    I have so little confidence that I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. McCain is unable to keep the facts straight, and he has not yet been elected. I can only shudder to think that in addition to 4 more years of a Bush whitehouse, we will have to have a doddering old man who can't remember simple facts. Scared yet? I am.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  162. Linda in Virginia

    Oh Jack, I think his knowledge goes the way of his experience with the economy, which I might add is more important to me right now.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  163. George in Wisconsin

    If you remember his assumptions, he can probably follow through with the Bush plan and keep our troops there for a hundred years and find some way to justify it.

    If you want a leader who has a world view not a short tern military view, he may have some problems down the road getting us into other conflicts that we would be wiser not to get into. those would be justified by him also.

    I really thought we learned our lessons in Vietnam about tryting to control others so we could have our way.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  164. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    I am so confident I will even work for his campaign. But he first should read the Constitution of Iraq. He may not meet the citizenship requirements to hold public office in that country.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  165. Mary

    My big hope is that the American people will hear this and, finally, THEY will sober up enough and vote for change – for OBAMA.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  166. Ryan - Tampa, Flordia


    We don't even know his definition of victory. His previous definitions have included: securing WMDs (2002), regime change (2002), securing Iraq's freedom (2004), preventing civil war (2006), defeating Al-Quaeda (2007), having the Iraq government taking responsibility for itself (2008).

    And today his definition of victory is "Winning." So NO, we can't be confident in John McCain.

    Before too long his definition of winning in Iraq will be: "nuke nuke nuke, nuke nuke Iran."

    July 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  167. Russ

    I think we need a Surge against war profiteering and then unprivatize the military so certain folks arent so eager about blowing American taxpayer money dragging their feet with vague or non existant goals in a police action that has nothing to do with America.

    As much as I'd love for a republican to clean up this republican mess all I can see is foot dragging and rhetoric fro that end. Enough is enough.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  168. Jason

    I have every confidence in John McCain's ability to lead our nation, including finishing the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. I am 37 years old and have never served in the military. I would trust a person to lead my nation in a war who has real life experience in the trenches of war over a person who learned about it by simply reading a book.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  169. Kim, Kansas CIty

    He should change his campaign slogan to "I think my name is Mcain" He is just another 4 years of Bush. I listen to CNN all day while I sit here at work doing too much for way too little and he can't even read his speeches without saying something incorrectly every couple of sentences, he gats everything mixed up or confused. I think they call that the early stages of ALzhiemers at his age.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  170. Brookfield Bill

    Of course he can! He will put on his Captain America suit and lead the League of Democracies to transform Iraq into a proud, religiously unified, pro-capitalist state, something like Texas.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  171. greg lancaster, tx

    Mccain is certifiable. He takes war mongering and fear mongering to an extraordinary higher level.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  172. Brad- Grand Rapids, Michigan

    As a student of foreign policy here at Aquinas College, I'm currently appalled by the fact that I continue to call myself a Republican. Simply put, McCain is so far detached from the situation in the Middle-East (much like Bush and Cheney) that it seems plainly obvious that he cannot, and will not, solve the situation in the region. I cannot trust a man who clearly cannot understand the basics of foreign policy, and consequently, my family and I will be voting for Obama in the fall.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  173. Babs in Ohio

    I have no, zip, zero, zilch confidence in that man when it comes to ANYTHING.

    The man can't even give an answer over why Viagra is covered by insurance and not birth control.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  174. Tom - Las Vegas, Nevada

    Very little, unless you can actually apply revisionist history. I guess he learned at least one thing from Bush, you can say whatever you want, whether it's true or not, and when you get caught just accuse the other person of lying or being unpatriotic.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  175. Akins

    "well my friends, I know that you want to deal with facts, but at my age the facts and reality changes by the second, but trust me when I say IT'S A CHANGE YOU CAN BELIVE IN"

    July 23, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  176. Barb in Tx

    Facts and John McCain Do not go hand in hand! The man is having memory (senior) problems or he is just ignorant about too many things. We can not have another last (5th to last) in your grad class for president again!
    If students must pass a test to be able to graduate from high school and to get into to college then we must believe that intelligence is important. How must more so in the leader of our country.
    Knowledge of Iraq, Iran, Pakistan etc. the history of their respective problems are essential!
    I would rather have someone bright and quick than ignorant and stubborn. Been there Done that!

    July 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  177. kenneth sibbett

    Jack, just hook him up a "Hotline" to wherever their hiding Cheney and i'm sure he'll do just fine.

    Kenneth Chadbourn N.C.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  178. dave of oregon

    McCain McCan't McDeal with the McIraq McSituation because McCain has McMistaken almost McEverything! McCain is McSimply McUnderstood! I do not want to go that way!

    July 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  179. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Jack, yes the timeline was wrong, but casualties didn't start to come down until Jan. '07 when the surge started. McCain's point was correct; the surge enabled the Awakening to work. You guys might point out the casualty story when you get to the point of being fair and balanced.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  180. Kay

    A definite No.Mccain just said that oil price dropped $10 because Bush lifted th bann on offshore drilling. If he truly believes that then he does not have the intellect to lead. Or was he just insulting the intelligence of Americans???

    July 23, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  181. Sandra, Canada

    In an interview with Katie Couric on Good morning america, Katie asked McCain why he doesn't think Afganistan is the central front of terrorism as Obama has stated. McCain replied "because Osama Bin Laden said go to the 2 rivers and Gereral Petraeas said the same"
    NUFF SAID!!!!!

    July 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  182. Kerry

    Not a lot! All I hear is the surge, the surge, the surge...If we would have had enough troops in place the first round, less Americans would have died and this whole Bush mess may be over...

    The decrease in violence was the combination of several factors including agreeements betrween the sunni's and shiats, Al-Quaida finshing their training of terrorists against American troops in Iraq and going worldwide, and oh yeah, increase of troops, which we will never know if they were really needed or not. "The Big Surge!":

    McCain wants to ignore Iraqs request to leave their country after he's stated over and over that "If they asked us to leave, of course we would,,,It's their country." He's a loon...Does he really know where Iraq is?

    July 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  183. Steve Gartzman from Haddonfield

    I have 100% confidence that John McCain can deal with Iraq, if by deal with Iraq you mean keep our troops there for absolutely no reason causing us to spend billions of dollars America's money that could/should go towards fixing the economy and the climate crisis. Yep, 100% confidence that he can do that.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  184. jim

    Slim to None and Slim is at the Airport.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  185. Ed Murkovich, Virginia City, Nv

    How can you have confidence in someone who continually talks about "losing this war"? Someone needs to explain to McCain that when a country invades another country, destroys that country's military, takes down its government, and imprisons its leader, the WAR IS OVER! WE WIN! Of course, anyone who doesn't know the difference between Shiite and Sunni, whom Iran is helping, that there is no Czechoslovakia, and that Iraq does not border Pakistan cannot be counted on to understand anything beyond first grade concepts.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  186. Marie

    Those who are worried about McCains age should consider the fact that age does not always determine the amount of time we have on this earth. We have recently been shown this.. Obama is acting like he is already president, and seems to believe he knows more than our generals about Iraq. If he is elected, we may find out the hard way.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  187. lilybeth

    None at all!!!

    July 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  188. Shafi Alam

    Jack, after reading the facts for less problems in Iraq in what you beautifully presented, how we can have confidence in John McCain’s ability to deal with Iraq. John McCain is repeatedly trying to take credit for it. He is ignoring also the fact that Iraqi Army is growing fast and getting more matured. He doesn’t have much to offer us the Americans. We are going to vote to elect our president, not Iraqi president.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  189. Annette of CO

    I have no confidence in McCain's ability to deal effectively with Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, New Orleans, Minnesota bridge, gas crisis, the mortgage crisis, or any other issue facing this country. He's blaming everything on Obama so why doesn't he just step aside and let Obama handle these issues (WITHOUT KILLING PEOPLE). McCain is on the verge of no longer being able to contain his anger which is about to explode like a volcano. He's getting himself so worked up that Obama just has to sit back and let him self-distruct. Maybe before the election McCain can explain: 1. Why he is accepting almost $60,000 per year in veterans disability pay while also receiving pay as a Senator, particularly since he votes against everything to do with improving veterans benefits; 2. Exactily where he's talking about drilling offshore that is not covered by current leases held by the oil companies; and 3. Why he favors that over insisting that the oil companies first exhaust drilling on leases they already hold.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  190. Chris H. Indiana

    John McCain would clearly be an older George W. As the bumper sticker I saw yesterday states, "McCain-Bush's third term." Heaven help us if this happens. Our friends around the world realize this, too. Check out their polls numbers...........

    July 23, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  191. Marietta

    McCain was in a war like thousands of our Heros POWS. But McCain has never commanded over a war –Or has MCCain won any war–So tell me Jack, what war did McCain win and was sole commander over?–none!

    All POWS signed and oath at the "Geneva Convention" that no one would take early release period! All POWS go or no one goes!!


    July 23, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  192. peter benton

    Mc Cain is a war monger and its of little consequence what happens in Iraq. If the War in Iraq were over tomorrow, the day after tomorrow he would invade Iran or Syria or North Korea or some other country that failed to follow the dictates of the United States Government , and the spineless Congress would go along least they be accused of being traitors. Republican have a love affair with war. They declare war on everything. As long as we are in a state of war they can trash the Constitution with impunity and the people are powerless to stop it. Democracy my a__!

    July 23, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  193. sawmill from outer space

    no and obama cant either

    July 23, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  194. Ruie - Michigan

    Uh, Jack I don't know – we have a President now that can't cite much of anything, least of all a reason why thousands of America's best and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis had to die. Oh, I know – maybe McClone is just drunk.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  195. Rick K

    You people who are saying he asked for 30-40k troops way back when are missing the point(s).

    – The situation improved when the IRAQI's decided they didn't want AQI anymore – our existing and additional troops sure helped, but THE IRAQI's needed to come to the table, not us.
    – Obama was saying THAT all along, as McCain was saying "more troops, more troops"

    Regardless of whether you think they'd have achieved order with or without the additional 40k troops, one FACT indisputable.

    – McCain was WRONG about the timeline and relationship of events WHILE HE WAS TRYING TO BASH OBAMA FOR NOT KNOWING THAT VERY THING.

    July 23, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  196. Srini, GA

    I have more than 100% confidence that Mccain will continue war in Iraq for 200 years.

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  197. KenB, MI

    Lets see Jack...If I had to find the right metaphor it would be, "I have as much confidence as the citizens of Punxsutawney do that the groundhog WON'T see his shadow on groundhog day". Six more weeks of winter or 4 more years of a Bush minded white house...its all bad.

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  198. rodney in mn.

    i'm about as confident with mccain, as i am with hunting with cheney

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  199. William Meggs

    My confidence in John McCain's ability to deal with Iraq has been shaken. His Iraq position is that Ihevoted for the surge and Obama did not, therefore my policy is best. I do not believe that American ground troops riding around in Iraq to be assaulted by roadside bombs is the answer to the Iraq situation. The solution will be clandestine operations, building Iraq security forces, political interventions, uniting the Iraqi factions against Al Qaeda, and cooperation of allies. We should not abandon Iraq, what we should abandon is the failed approach of putting American soldiers at risk on the ground there.

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  200. Paul R.


    We should always show the utmost respect for John McCain's personal sacrifice in his service to our country, but he has been, and continues to be in error on his statements regarding Iraq as well as numerous other issues. The American people should have no confidence in his ability to handle the situation in Iraq as well as any issues on American foreign or domestic policies. He is out of touch with real Americans as bad as, if not more so than the current occupant of the White House. He has flip-flopped on so many issues and has the inability to think before opening his mouth or taking action...an apparent requirement for any Republican seeking the Oval Office. He needs to spend the rest of his days back in Arizona on a golf course or writing memoirs.

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  201. Janie

    I have all confidence that John McCain can handle Iraq and being President of the US. I'm really getting tired of hearing you put him down because of his age. You don't look to be too far behind him in age.

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  202. Marcelle

    McCain is a nice old man, who should go home to Arizona, and drink beer with his wife. I have NO CONFIDENCE what so ever in him. He certainly is not capeable of handling all of the sever problems, which we are now drowning in.

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  203. Trudy Duffy, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

    I have no confidence in McCain's ability to do his homework to discuss the issues responsibly, let alone make decisions in the Oval Office. Of late it sounds like a McCain Meltdown daily. Whatever benefit of the doubt I would have afforded him is completely gone.

    It is actually sad to watch him at this stage.

    Maybe he should have listened to Wesley Clark this morning on
    Mornning Joe!

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  204. bev morse

    i'm about as confident that senator mccain can be commander in chief as i was to discovered that he was graduated No. 795 out of a class of 800 at the naval academy, 1958. whoa, boy!

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  205. Jeffrey Roberts

    I have just as much confidence in McCain to handle to Iraq war as I do with President Bush, which is none at all. I don't know why George doesn't run again, he will do just as well, and considering McCain's age, will probably live longer.

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  206. Jarod

    I do not understand McCain anymore. It seems to me that he pushed hard to the center of poltics to get the Republican nomination, and now he is pushing back to the Right to get elected. However, look who he is pushing towards, Bush.
    I don't know if have confidence in him anymore on any issue because he is flipping on everything from the economy (tax cuts) to energy (off shore drilling). I wish he would go back to the center and seek out new directions in every form of American policy. Right now, it seems he is reeling to find a strategy to win the election which coincidentally seems to have been our policy for "winning" the war the last 4 years.

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  207. Mary

    As a wife of a military serviceman , no way will I vote for Obama. Our country is doomed if this guy gets in. It's all infatuation...no guts to stand up for America.

    July 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  208. Caroline - Austin, TX

    Despite this interview, I still have confidence in John McCain. More than Barack Obama. I'm also confident in McCain's ability to improve the economy and national deficit (than Obama). Obama's ideas are enticing, but how can he fund all the new programs? ie. health care plan, no income tax for senior citizens, etc. It sounds great, but future generations will be carrying a bigger financial burden with these decisions.

    July 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  209. David Johnson

    Total confidence in McCain. On the other hand, I have no idea what Obama will do in any crisis situation. He appears to try this, try that, and then see how the polls look. What's he going to do when his positions really count?

    July 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  210. John in Tallahasee

    McCain says we must stay till we win yet he cannot define what winning is.

    Perhaps someone should ask him if we are winning in Vietnam yet.

    July 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm |