McCain's Foreign Policy Frustration

While Obama moves elegantly through the Middle East, the pillars of McCain's bellicose regional policy are collapsing

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Senator John McCain speaks at a town hall meeting.

"I had the courage and the judgment to say that I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war," John McCain said during a Rochester, N.H., town meeting on July 22. "It seems to me that Senator Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign." It was a remarkable statement, as intemperate a personal attack as I've ever heard a major-party candidate make in a presidential campaign, the sort of thing that no potential President of the United States should ever be caught saying. (A prudent candidate has aides sling that sort of mud.)...

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