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POLITICS: McCain: No Confidence In Rumsfeld

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posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 08:11 PM
Senator John McCain of Arizona has said today that he has no confidence in Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. McCain believes that we need more troops in Iraq including specially trained soldiers such as linguists. McCain serves as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and has frequently pressed the Pentagon for more troops to be deployed in Iraq.
U.S. Sen. John McCain said Monday that he has "no confidence" in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, citing Rumsfeld's handling of the war in Iraq and the failure to send more troops.

McCain, speaking to The Associated Press in an hourlong interview, said his comments were not a call for Rumsfeld's resignation, explaining that President Bush "can have the team that he wants around him."

Asked about his confidence in the secretary's leadership, McCain recalled fielding a similar question a couple weeks ago.

"I said no. My answer is still no. No confidence," McCain said.

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There have been frosty relations between McCain and the Bush administration since the President defeated him for the 2000 Republican nomination. McCain has a history of being critical of Rumsfeld. This summer he essentially said the same thing.

McCain says an additional eighty thousand Army troops as well as twenty to thirty thousand Marines are needed to stabilize the country.

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posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 08:21 PM
I don't think Senator McCain is alone in that.

Who thought the troops would be met with rose petals and applause?
Who made not a single contingency plan otherwise?
Who didn't have enough troops there to secure ammo dumps and left them to be looted?
Who didn't have enough troops on the ground to secure Iraq after the war, despite military professional opinions to the contrary?
Who didn't adapt quickly when the situation on the ground was different than expected?
Who sent a memo to the Justice department to get approval for torturing Army prisoners?


Who was one of the few of Bush's first term to be kept on?


posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 08:23 PM
While I agree with Senator McCain, let me say this:

McCain has totally blown his chance at being politically significant. I have no idea why he refuses to abandon a party that has abandoned him. McCain is not a Republican and he's not a Democrat; why can't he pick up on this?

I can't even imagine what the face of American politics would look like right now if McCain would have left the GOP and ran with Kerry, or own his own as an Independent, this past year.

I saw something (I think on this site) that said McCain is positioning himself for 08 with the steroids issue. Sorry, but it's too late, John. You'll be way too old come 2008.

posted on Dec, 14 2004 @ 11:26 AM
Its not too late. I'm a die-hard democrat, but if McCain ran, I'd vote for him.

McCain for President in 2008!!!

McCain is my favorite politician. well, really the only one that I like.

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