Sunday, September 19, 2004

McCain Critical of Bush's Iraq Policy

John, my man, where have you been?

A Republican senator who campaigned for the US president at last month's Republican convention says the Bush Administration has made mistakes in their Iraq policy.

Senator John McCain says the toleration of looting in Iraq after the invasion and the failure to prevent insurgents from establishing strongholds within the country are examples of these mistakes.

Mr McCain says a ground offensive is urgently needed in Iraq to re-take areas held by insurgents.

"We made serious mistakes right after the initial successes by not having enough troops there on the ground, by allowing the looting, by not securing the borders - there was a number of things that we did," he said.

"Most of it can be traced back to not having sufficient numbers of troops there."

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