04/08/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

John McCain "Surprised" By Recent Iraq Developments

As he launched a tour here designed to highlight his family's long tradition of military service, Senator John McCain said Monday that he was surprised by the latest turn of events in America's current war in Iraq.

Mr. McCain said he had not expected Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to try to oust Shiite militias from Basra without consulting the Americans, and that he was troubled by some of the demands that were made by the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr as part of his offer of a ceasefire after the militias held off the American-supported assault. And he tied some of the current problems to the Bush administration's old strategy there.

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