McCain called for more troops to be sent to the battlefield on top of 135,000 already there. “At least another full division and probably more” is needed, he said. A division is roughly 10,000 troops.
McCain criticized the administration for not yet having a political strategy for transferring sovereignty to Iraqis on the target date of June 30.
The United States must stay in Iraq because “if we leave, violence will fill the vacuum as groups struggle for political power and we risk all-out civil war,” he said.
“If we succeed, we send a message to every despot in the region that their day is done,” he added.