Yesterday I asked what the Maverick would say about Prime Minister Maliki requesting timelines for withdrawal. Democracy Arsenal looked back and found some of McCain's earlier thoughts on the subject, in case anyone wants to remind him of it:
Question: "What would or should we do if, in the post-June 30th period, a so-called sovereign Iraqi government asks us to leave, even if we are unhappy about the security situation there?"
McCain's Answer: "Well, if that scenario evolves than I think it's obvious that we would have to leave because -- if it was an elected government of Iraq, and we've been asked to leave other places in the world. If it were an extremist government then I think we would have other challenges, but I don't see how we could stay when our whole emphasis and policy has been based on turning the Iraqi government over to the Iraqi people."
And no, asking him about this would not be insulting his service in Vietnam.