McCain Hits Rummy Over Memoir
posted at 12:14 pm on February 3, 2011 by Matt Lewis
Former Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld is coming out with a new memoir on February 8. Early reports note he takes some shots at former colleagues, and expresses no regrets for the war in Iraq.
According to ABC News, Rumsfeld
criticizes other members of the Bush national security team — Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and, especially, Iraq administrator Paul Bremer.
“There were far too many hands on the steering wheel, which, in my view, was a formula for running the truck into a ditch,” he wrote.
As for Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and other critics who had at first supported the Iraq war, Rumsfeld wrote: “You wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole with them.”
And The Washington Post notes,
… Rumsfeld still can’t resist – in a memoir due out next week – taking a few pops at former secretaries of state Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice as well as at some lawmakers and journalists. He goes so far as to depict former president George W. Bush as presiding over a national security process that was marked by incoherent decision-making and policy drift, most damagingly on the war in Iraq.
But so far, the most interesting response has come from Senator John McCain.
“I respect Secretary Rumsfeld. 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,” the Arizona Republican said on “GMA.”
McCain and Rumsfeld had clashed over troop levels.
“And 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 told me.