The House of Representatives narrowly defeated an effort to step up the withdrawal of troops. McCain said the Taliban has to be convinced that it cannot win, in order to bring them to the negotiating table. The Senator's words echoed his 2007 against-popular-opinion position for a surge of troops in Iraq (which helped bring his 2008 presidential campaign back from the dead).
"And, military, there is significant success on the ground. It's tough and it's hard, as General Petraeus predicted. But I've seen this movie before. It was in 2007 that the same movement to get out of Iraq and we managed to push that back and the surge succeeded."(The rest of the transcript of the interview can be found here.)
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