McCain: Iraq War Might Not Have Started if I Were President

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Jim Tankersley
July 17, 2014, 3:51 p.m.

John Mc­Cain likely wouldn’t have star­ted the War in Ir­aq if he had been pres­id­ent, he said at a Na­tion­al Journ­al and CNN event Thursday night.

The Ari­zona Re­pub­lic­an said he would have scru­tin­ized the evid­ence more thor­oughly—and seen through it. He would have sur­roun­ded him­self with a team of ad­visers that would have chal­lenged him, he told me­dia as well as a group of Cap­it­ol Hill and K Street pro­fes­sion­als at the Wash­ing­ton event.

“You’ll find this sur­pris­ing,” he said, “but I think I would have been more re­luct­ant to com­mit Amer­ic­an troops.”

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