Neither John McCain nor Donald Rumsfeld called Iraq correctly.
John McCain wanted a larger force sent to Iraq, and to be able to say the United States would quit doing things it never did in the first place, giving our enemies foreign and domestic fuel for their rage. It’s not clear to me that he thought anything other than more troops and guns and tanks would be required.
Rumsfeld believed (as far as I can tell) that using technology and providing non-threatening stability would be enough to democratize Iraq.
I don’t recall either man put David Petraeus’ theory of asymmetric warfare together. Had they done so, there would have been to need for any of us to learn to spell Petraeus.
So for John McCain to bash Rummy now is typical of the attention-whoring style we’ve come to expect from the fellow who suspended running for President to not say no to TARP.
So for John McCain to claim the mantle of wise sage now, and
McCain Hits Rummy Over Memoir
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.
“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.