McCain: Obama tried to legislate Iraqi failure

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- John McCain says Barack Obama has tried to legislate failure in Iraq and has refused to admit he erred when opposing the troop surge last year.

McCain says Obama placed his political self-interest ahead of his country's. He says Obama's positions changed as his political ambitions grew.

According to McCain, Obama first "opposed the surge and confidently predicted that it would fail. Then he tried to prevent funding for the troops who carried out the surge."

McCain says the lasting advantage of a peaceful and democratic ally in the Middle East could still be squandered by "hasty withdrawal and arbitrary timelines." And he says this is one of many problems in Obama's shifting positions.

McCain spoke today to a friendly convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Florida. Obama is slated to speak to the group Tuesday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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