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McCain: ‘Thank God’ Rumsfeld was fired

By David Edwards
Thursday, February 3, 2011 11:31 EDT
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There’s no love lost between Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and President George W. Bush’s former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

The senator from Arizona gave a terse response Thursday to claims made in Rumsfeld’s new book “Known and Unknown.”

In the book, Rumsfeld had claimed McCain had a “hair-trigger temper” and “a propensity to shift his positions to appeal to the media.”

“I respect Secretary Rumsfeld,” McCain began by telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“He and I had a very, very strong difference of opinion about the strategy that he was employing in Iraq, which I predicted was doomed to failure,” he continued.

“Thank God he was relieved of his duties and we put the surge in. Otherwise, we would have had a disastrous defeat in Iraq,” McCain said.

It’s not the first time McCain has taken his criticisms of Rumsfeld public.

“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,” he said while running for president in 2007. “I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of Defense in history.”

On Feb. 10, Rumsfeld will be honored with the “Defender of the Constitution Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

This video is from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast Feb. 3, 2011.


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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    This man is from Arizona. Enough said.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Its not like the CPAC award means anything anyway…CPAC is just a Log Cabin GOP meeting where they suck each others d*cks for a few hours…then head over to Larry Craigs place for the afterparty. Being admired by your enemies is a real challenge…being butt-patted by your bestest buddies isn’t even braggin rights turf.

  • hegesias

    Whatever Crash Chameleon. Don’t think you would have said that during your recent extremist turn for reelection. Why don’t you just go fuck yourself, or else call for a war crimes investigation on Rummy?

  • hegesias

    That’s…uh…not…well… not…okay it’s pretty fucking funny. But don’t be a homophobe.

  • hegesias

    “With no due respect.” Ha! Sorry, John, but I’m stealing that.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    McCain and Rumsfeld both should be listed in the “unknown” list and the”missing in action” category neither one of them has done any known good for humanity.

  • Anonymous

    “Thank God he was relieved of his duties and we put the surge in. Otherwise, we would have had a disastrous defeat in Iraq,” McCain said.

    You mean we instead had a glorious victory in Iraq? When did that happen? and did I miss the ticker-tape parade?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BBFTARJG3Y6A7QQPNGCEOBUUOM bill

    Defender of the constitution by having U.S.troops patrol around Iraq for three-and-a-half-years for no good reason except to get killed and maimed by the hundreds.. Some award. Some conservatives

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/leowolf82 Lenny

    (“Thank God he was relieved of his duties and we put the surge in. Otherwise, we would have had a disastrous defeat in Iraq,” McCain said.)

    Uuuuuh yeah…

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