Cheney, McCain vow long-term presence in Iraq.

The AP reports that in meetings with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki today, both Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Vice President Cheney vowed “that the U.S. would maintain a long-term military presence in Iraq until al-Qaida is defeated there.” Maliki also confirmed that he and Cheney discussed negotiations over a controversial long-term security agreement.


UPDATE: Yesterday, McCain visited the Anbar province of Haditha, where he drank “soft drinks from street vendors” and answered questions about his campaign. When asked whether he would return to Iraq, McCain replied, “We’ll come back if I win.