Senator John McCain obviously thought the Memorial Weekend was am excellent time to point out some differences between himself and Barack Obama:
"Senator Obama said the war was lost. Senator Obama said we had to have a specific withdrawal as soon as possible which would have been chaos, genocide, increased Iranian influence; Al-Qaeda restoring much of their strength; Shiite-Sunni conflicts and we would had have to come back."
"We are succeeding. Every indicator showed that the surge strategy has succeeded. Senator Obama was wrong in wanting to surrender. And, I will never surrender."
Ouch. That had to leave a mark.
And then there's this press release, from McCain's campaign:
"Senator Obama has consistently offered his judgment on Iraq, and he has
been consistently wrong. He said that General Petraeus' new strategy would not
reduce sectarian violence, but would worsen it. He was wrong. He said the
dynamics in Iraq would not change as a result of the 'surge.' He was wrong. One
year ago, he voted to cut off all funds for our forces fighting extremists in
Iraq. He was wrong. Sectarian violence has been dramatically reduced, Sunnis in
Anbar province and throughout Iraq are cooperating in fighting al Qaeda in Iraq,
and Shi'ite extremist militias no longer control Basra -- the Maliki government
and its forces do..."
McCain finished the long weekend by offering to 'educate' Obama by taking Obama to Iraq with him:
On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s closest friends, suggested on CBS’ "Face the Nation" that the two travel to Iraq together. Asked about the idea today, McCain said sure.
"Sure it would be fine. I go back every few months because things are changing in Iraq," he told the Associated Press in an interview. "I would also seize that opportunity to educate Sen. Obama along the way."
McCain also used the opportunity to criticize Obama for not visiting Iraq since 2006.
"If there was any other issue before the American people and you hadn’t had anything to do with it in a couple of years, I think the American people would judge that very harshly," McCain said. "He really has no experience or knowledge or judgment about the issue of Iraq."