Speaking before the Concord Chamber of Commerce, John McCain said
"Now that the military effort in Iraq is showing some signs of progress, the space is opening for political progress. Yet rather than seizing the opportunity, the government of Prime Minister Maliki is not functioning as it must. We see little evidence of reconciliation and little progress toward meeting the benchmarks laid out by the President. The Iraqi government can function; the question is whether it will. If there is to be hope of a sustainable end to the violence that so plagues that country, Iraqi political leaders must seize this opportunity. It will not come around again."
McCain also purposed increasing the Marines from 750,000 troops to 900,000 and forming an "Army Advisor Corps" that would work with friendly militaries aboard.