Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sen. John McCain: In Praise of Gen. Petraeus, In Frustration With President Obama

Arizona Sen. John McCain took a break from the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearing with Gen. David Petraeus to praise him on Phoenix talk radio this morning, calling him one of the greatest military leaders the U.S. has ever had.

In an interview on KFYI with host Barry Young, McCain (R-AZ) noted that the top U.S./NATO commander in the ongoing war in Afghanistan is "doing a great job".  McCain acknowledged that the next 2-4 months will be very important in determining whether the U.S.-led effort is ultimately deemed successful.

McCain had nothing but praise for the general, calling him "one of the great military leaders in the history of this country," and emphasizing that he is not just talking about recent history.

In other topics covered in the interview, McCain semi-agreed with the host about President Obama's handling of the situation in Libya, throwing in his perceptions from his recent trip to Egypt, Tunisia and other countries in that part of the world.  McCain noted that many Arabs perceive that "the influence of the United States is on the decline... and perception, as we know, is reality."

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