McCain said he still has great respect for Sanchez despite differing views on Iraq strategy.
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - One day following Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez’s denigration of the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq war, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, responded with deference for the former General and conviction for the current Iraq strategy.
“I have great respect and appreciation for Gen. Sanchez’s service to his country and the military. I am very grateful for it,” McCain said.
“The fact is I had face to face discussions with Gen. Sanchez when he was in Baghdad about how I believed that the strategy was failing, and he testified before the Senate armed services committee that the strategy was succeeding - the flawed [Donald] Rumsfeld strategy that I knew was doomed to failure.”
“When I argued for the strategy that we’re using now, he did not agree with that.”
McCain repeated his respect and appreciation for the Gen. Sanchez despite differing views on Iraq strategy.
“I think the record shows that one, while he was in charge he was supporting of a failed strategy and number two, is that he did not support, at that time, the strategy that I believe is succeeding.”
-CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla.