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Posted at 9:22 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

John McCain responds to Rumsfeld memoir: 'Thank God he was relieved of his duties' (video)

By Emi Kolawole

Sen. John McCain appeared Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America" with a reaction to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's memoir.

"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," said McCain during an interview with host George Stephanopoulos, "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."

In his memoir, which is due out next week, Rumsfeld makes few apologies and offers up his first public criticism of former President George W. Bush, depicting him as presiding over a national security process that was marked by incoherent decision-making and policy drift, most damagingly on the war in Iraq.

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Comments

Thank God McCain was not elected president.

Posted by: janye1 | February 4, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

You send soldiers to an illegal war. You are not prepared and they get killed because of your inadeguate arms.
This is criminal. You should be held to account by a court and not make money on a horrific mistake.
This country feeds dictators, terrorists, Israel among them, all for greed. Spend millions to get elected because you know you will make more than salary through lobbyists that you give up all ethics for greed.
Froms the congress up to the top!

Posted by: gany1 | February 4, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

You send soldiers to an illegal war. You are not prepared and they get killed because of your inadeguate arms.
This is criminal. You should be held to account by a court and not make money on a horrific mistake.
This country feeds dictators, terrorists, Israel among them, all for greed. Spend millions to get elected because you know you will make more than salary through lobbyists that you give up all ethics for greed.
Froms the congress up to the top!

Posted by: gany1 | February 4, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

chrisc23,

Rummy, as Sec'y of Defense, in 2005/6, visited Iraq and held a press conference, at which an army man asked him when the troops were going to get all of the proper armor and other equipment needed to fight. Rummy's reply was, "you can't go to war with the army you want, you go with the army you have."

This reply was from one of the major supporters of the March 2003 deadline imposed upon Saddam to leave Iraq. If Rummy were so brilliant, why didn't he at least wait for proper equipment and armor to protect our fighting men and women? Saddam wasn't going anywhere.

As a Vietnam combat veteran, I can say that we faced the same problem - - failure of top brass to provide us with adequate equipment, at all times. The top brass responsible, then, and those in Iraq, including Rummy, were and are criminally negligent for all the deaths resulting from their failure to support the troops, properly.

Yet, Rummy writes his self-serving memoirs, earning him further fame and fortune, while the families of the dead can only grieve their losses.

Rummy was the worst kind of political appointee - - one who was a PEACE TIME naval aviator, with no military combat experience. Yet, as a self-important, egotistical individual, totally lacking in any conscience or decency, determined that he knew more about fighting the war than the generals who had to conduct it.

I don't know how he can sleep, at night, with the blood of so many brave fighting men and women on his hands.

When McNamara was Defense Sec'y during Vietnam, many vets despised him. Still, in "Fog of War" he admitted he made mistakes. God only knows what the Iraq war veterans think of Rummy, whose memoirs lack any sign of remorse.

Posted by: skytrooper70 | February 4, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I would consider Don Rumsfeld one of the most brilliant people in recent politics. The Iraq war IS necessary. It will provide great national security, economic, and human rights benefits to not only America, but the entire world. And Don Rumsfeld is a man of integrity which is lacking these days. Sad to see he gets such a bad rap, but then again, look who is complaining about him.

Posted by: chrisc23 | February 3, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Of course the problem wasn't that Rumsfeld sent in too few troops, it is that every soldier sent was one too many, in a criminal war.

Posted by: ChicagoKen | February 3, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfeld left out a key part of writing his memoir, leaving us to wonder if he wrote it standing up or sitting down.

Posted by: vicsoir1 | February 3, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain may have disagreed on strategies, but not about going to war under false pretenses. He is just as responsible as Rummy for the Iraq debacle and the resulting (insulting?)effects.

Posted by: DrFish | February 3, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

TOO bad he wasn't relieved(1981) by G D Searle before a million of us got sick or poisoned by the aspartame King! Another lie he told...

Posted by: Janlist | February 3, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

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