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Iraq withdrawal seen as victory for Iran, says Sen. John McCain and Brookings’ Robert Kagan

President Obama’s announcement last week that all U.S. troops would withdraw from Iraq by year’s end is seen in the Middle East as a victory for Iran, argues Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Brookings scholar Robert Kagan.

On ABC’s This Week yesterday, Kagan said the administration is “worried about, first of all, stability in Iraq, but also they’re worried about Iranian influence and the spread of Iran and that’s how this is going to be viewed in much of the region, especially in the Gulf states. Other countries in the region are worried about Iran and worried about American staying power.”

McCain added that the announcement of the withdrawal was “a serious mistake and there was never serious negotiations between the administration and the Iraqis.”

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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