McCain shifts Iraq blame to Cheney, Rumsfeld

Published: Tuesday January 23, 2007
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Senator John McCain, the 2008 presidential hopeful, is finding new targets to vilify for setbacks in Iraq Vice President Dick Cheney and ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld according to a report in today's The Politico.

"Of course, the president bears the ultimate responsibility, but he was very badly served by both the Vice President and, most of all, the Secretary of Defense," McCain reportedly told the website's Roger Simon in an interview. He also called Rumsfeld one of the worst Secretaries of Defense in American history.

McCain called for time for Bush's escalation policy to succeed, but he added that there were alternatives if it failed. One option, he suggested, was "to withdraw to the borders (of Iraq) to try to keep other countries from interfering. Maintaining our bases in Kuwait and other places. There are a lot of scenarios."

Simon observes that McCain could face a tricky presidential campaign. On the one hand, conservatives may not believe he is really loyal to them. On the other, moderate Republicans may not be forgiving of his stance on the Iraq war.

The full article can be read at the The Politico's website.