Statements about Iraq
"He (Obama) has done several things well. Most of those things are places where he changed his view from where he had during the campaign. So, for instance, he's left our troops in Iraq and they're being more successful there. He boosted our effort in Afghanistan, which is the right course to take. He did not close Guantanamo, thank heavens."
"If you want to talk firsts for Bush, this was the first time in American history that a president took us into a war and cut taxes."
"Barack Obama won't even use the term 'war on terrorism.'"
Under President George W. Bush, the U.S. "spent $1.3 trillion on tax cuts for the wealthy" and "trillions" each on a war and on Medicare drug benefits.
In Iraq, "civilian deaths, incidents of bombings, etc., remain very low relative to what was going on last year."
"In just one month, the Democrats have spent more than President Bush spent in seven years on the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan and Hurricane Katrina combined."
"The president's plan, even after the end of its withdrawal timeline is reached, will leave in place up to 50,000 U.S. troops."
"John McCain voted against funding the troops because of . . . a timeline in it to draw down American troops."
"You had supported John McCain's military strategies pretty adamantly until this race."
Obama voted "to cut off funding for our American troops on the battlefield."
Joe Biden "voted against the first Gulf War. He opposed the surge. He wanted to partition Iraq."
(McCain) says "we can't have ... timelines to draw down our troops from Iraq."
The Bush administration's latest plans for troop withdrawal from Iraq by 2011 are "more or less the same time frame I announced two years ago."
"Sen. McCain was already turning his sights to Iraq just days after 9/11, and he became a leading supporter of an invasion and occupation of (Iraq)."
On a timetable to withdraw from Iraq.
"First, he (Obama) opposed the surge. Then he confidently predicted that it would fail. Then he tried to prevent funding for the troops who carried out the surge."
"Sen. McCain would occupy Iraq indefinitely, against their wishes."
Says Obama flip-flopped on withdrawing troops from Iraq.
Obama "hasn't been to Iraq in years."
John McCain has given erratic and inconsistent answers on when troops should return from Iraq.
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