McCain continued the Petraeus praising. Does McCain still praise him after this though?McCain's Hero Petraeus: "I Do Think You Have To Talk To Enemies"
By Greg Sargent - October 9, 2008, 2:18PM
So General Petraeus agrees with Barack Obama -- and not John McCain -- on the question of whether we should meet with hostile enemies?
In an interview that aired on CBS last night, John McCain, when asked which three living people he'd like to have dinner with most, promptly chose General Petraeus. McCain frequently hails Petraeus as an "American hero."
McCain, however, might not enjoy that dinner so much if he heard Petraeus' views on one of the leading foreign policy differences he has with Barack Obama.
In a case of comically awful timing, Petraeus yesterday gave a talk at the Heritage Foundation in which he more or less echoed Barack Obama's views on negotiating with hostile foreign leaders -- views that McCain has repeatedly subjected to criticism and ridicule.
Asked by a questioner specifically about the disagreement on this topic that McCain and Obama had at Tuesday night's debate, Petraeus demurred a bit, but said: "I do think you have to talk to enemies."
And where else did Petraeus disagree with McCain? On using the Iraq strategy in Afghanistan
Moreover, in a speech this week, General David Petraeus contradicted McCain's positions on using our Iraq strategy in Afghanistan and on negotiating with our enemies. Even more damaging to McCain were troubling reports that a second NIE -- this one on Afghanistan -- will indicate a "downward spiral," further indicting McCain's previous neglect of the issue and his past remarks that it would be enough to "muddle through.
How's that song go?You're out of touch [McCain].
I'm out of time.