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Iraqi progress helping John McCain; the video evidence

February 20, 2008 |  9:00 am

With a Wisconsin victory now under his belt, Arizona's Sen. John McCain seems virtually certain as the Republican presidential nominee. And it looks as though the war in Iraq, the troop surge and progress on the country's political front will be key issues with whomever is the Democratic nominee during the long campaign until Nov. 4.

Both Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton favor starting an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops and see little progress on the central government's part from the year-old surge.

But, in fact, as this exclusive and revealing new video shows, Iraqi legislators and their numerous political factions appear to be finally learning how to cooperatively work together to accomplish specific reconstruction tasks. This will surely be a strong point for the McCain campaign and a very difficult argument for the Democrats to address.

--Andrew Malcolm