McCain Slams Rumsfeldby Doug Mataconis
John McCain, long one of the Bush Administration’s most ardent supporters when it came to the Iraq War, made a speech today blaming most of the current situation there on former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld:
BLUFFTON, South Carolina (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday the war in Iraq has been mismanaged for years and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be remembered as one of the worst in history.
“We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement — that’s the kindest word I can give you — of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war,” the Arizona senator said.
“The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously.” McCain told an overflow crowd of more than 800 at a retirement community near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, complained that Rumsfeld never put enough troops on the ground to succeed in Iraq.
“I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history,” McCain said to applause.
This is all very well and good Senator, and quite frankly I think you’re absolutely right on this one, but I can’t help but wonder why you weren’t saying this when Donald Rumsfeld was actually the Secretary of Defense.