Yesterday John McCain delivered a speech outlining his views on the Iraq war. The speech which was well received by the audience and sections of the press called on the American people to support General Petraeus’s plan to secure the country. His defence of the Iraq war which was described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘McCain’s finest hour’ challenged all those who voted for the war to stay the course. He argued that the most of them blame America’s failed strategy for Iraq’s problems and whilst he shared their view, a workable plan had been implemented by General Petraeus which they should support. He urged the Democrats to stop playing politics with the war and said that on his part he would rather lose the presidential elections than lose the war in Iraq. Democrat attacks on his support for George Bush’s Iraq strategy have seen him lose his front runner status in the race for the Republican nomination.