New McCain Attack: Obama Wants to Lose War

Republicans say Dem is serving own purposes
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2008 1:57 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, speaks with his director of foriegn policy and national security, Randy Scheunemann.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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(Newser) – John McCain’s inner circle tried a new line of attack against Barack Obama today, charging that the presumptive Democratic nominee and his entire party want to lose the Iraq war to serve their own political purposes. Said McCain’s top foreign policy hand, “Senator Obama seems to think losing a war will help him to win an election.”

Lindsey Graham charged that the Democrats started building a “political strategy” around defeat when Harry Reid declared the war “lost” last year. The campaign rep also said Obama  hopes to “defund our forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, in an effort to placate the left wing.”