The New York Post has published the Op-Ed piece by John McCain that was rejected by the New York Times.
McCain's presidential campaign sent the Times his Iraq article on Friday. But David Shipley, an Op-Ed editor at the newspaper, sent an e-mail to the campaign saying he could not accept the piece in its current form. Shipley wrote that McCain's article would "have to lay out a clear plan for achieving victory — with troops levels, timetables and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate.”
Commenting Monday on the Times' e-mail, a McCain spokesman said the candidate’s position “will not change based on politics or the demands of The New York Times."
The Times had earlier published an Op-Ed piece on Iraq by McCain’s presidential rival Barack Obama.
In publishing the McCain article on Tuesday, the Post prefaced it with this Editor’s Note: “The New York Times wouldn’t print this Op-Ed from the GOP candidate.”
In the article, McCain describes how the buildup of U.S. forces in Iraq has helped curb violence.
He also chides Obama for outlining his plan for Iraq before his current meetings with commanders and Iraqi leaders on the ground.
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