All three White House candidates took part in hearings on Iraq this week when General David Petraeus and Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker were in DC to report on the war’s progress. The candidates used the opportunity to show the voters their commander and chief side. Their questioning stayed in step with their main Iraq arguments—McCain said progress is being made; Clinton there has been no progress; Obama called the war a colossal strategic mistake. McCain’s seniority on the committee allowed him to question the General first and ask Americans to reject proposal for a “reckless and irresponsible withdrawal of our forces at the moment when they are succeeding.” He promised doing so would result in failure. Clinton and Obama both pushed for an end date.
Today President Bush took the recommendation of Gen. Petraeus’ to keep current troop levels but promised that the war is not endless.