McCain and Rumsfeld clash, again
February 3rd, 2011
11:51 AM ET
3 years ago

McCain and Rumsfeld clash, again

(CNN) - The McCain-Rumsfeld feud continues with new jabs on both sides, fueled by the release of the former defense secretary's new book.

Quoting from Rumsfeld's upcoming book "Known and Unknown" during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," George Stephanopoulos asked McCain to respond to the charge that he has a "hair-triggered temper" and "a propensity to shift his positions to appeal to the media."

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee said "thank God he (Rumsfeld) was relieved of his duties and we put the surge in, otherwise we would have had a disastrous defeat in Iraq."

The two men famously clashed during former President George W. Bush's second term in office. Rumsfeld was the lead architect of the invasion into Iraq in 2003, with which McCain publicly disagreed. The senator was in favor of the war but felt more troops were needed for the incursion to be successful.

"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," McCain said.


Filed under: Donald Rumsfeld • John McCain
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. GrogInOhio

    Pphhhttt... both of them led the nation into a disastrous, expensive and utterly unnecessary quagmire. It's a choice of arsenic or cyanide between the two of 'em.

    February 3, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. vic nashville tn

    Karl Rove , Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney made the mess still many republicans following their footstep including you Mc Cain

    February 3, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    These two are exactly who the current Republican Party still are today – except for the tea-bagger idiots who run arond chanting simple ryhmes about taking the country back, preaching distrust and hatred of our governement and our fellow citizens. These fabricated "memoirs" that keep coming out from the Bush/Cheney years are great for only one thing – to remind us how horrible it was for Americans (and the rest of the world) when the Republican/neo-cons (fascists) ran our country.
    Monsters in our White House.

    February 3, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Two failed politicos, one elected, the other appointed. Ten years from now neither will even be a historical footnote.

    February 3, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Two old white farts who are wrong on all the issues. You can actually see when McCain lost his marbles completely...it was during the South Carolina Primary in 2000 when Karl Rove pulled the black baby card on him. After that loss McCain was neither a Mavrick or Honorable any more...he kissed GOP behinds to get to the 2008 election, but by this time he was a shell of a man he used to be...

    February 3, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Republicans = Fascists

    The War Criminal vs. The P.O.W.

    No holds barred finger pointing. I can care less about what either one of them thinks. We shouldn't have been in Iraq in the first place. The surge did work! But it wouldn;t have to work if we didn't invade the country to begin with. One of the major reasons why President Obama was elected was because he was one of the few out of many politicians that voted against this war of fibs and fabrication.

    February 3, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    I think that Meghan McCain should just run instead of John in the next election....

    February 3, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    I, for one, will not be buying his book or any other political book by those politicians....and people who do are %ools.

    February 3, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    I'd rather have a guy with some fire in his belly than a cold, emotionless droid. Yes, I'm talking about McCain and Obama!

    February 3, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. W.G.

    They´re both idiots . Rumsfeld for helping to get us into a war we didn´t have to fight
    and McCain for bringing Palin into the political picture

    February 3, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. eric

    I am not a fan of either of these two, but any impartial observer has to admit that McCain was right about the need for more troops. Also, the surge startegy that McCain fought for was the right course

    February 3, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Sgt Schultz

    It's true...McCain has a short fuse. Also it is painfully obvious to even the village idiots that McCain constantly changes his mind to appeal to popular opinion. Mostly to prevent loss to primary challengers. First McCain personally launches the immigration bill that endorsed amnesty. Now all of a sudden he is against his own policies featured in his own bill – that has his name stamped on it? Same thing with Cap and Trade... McCain makes me sick. Stick with your principles and quit changing your mind when the wind blows a different direction.

    February 3, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Nodack

    Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, McCain, Palin. Are these really the best people the GOP can come up with?

    Rumsfeld and his cronies sent a letter to Clinton when we was President demanding Clinton go to war with Iraq, it's still up on their site. Clinton said no. Rumsfeld only had to wait until a Republican was elected to become the guy to make it happen. NO WMD, just fabricated evidence and lies, not to mention 4000 Americans killed and over 100,000 Iraqis killed.

    McCain lining up to take credit for the surge. Rumsfeld blaming everybody else for the Iraq failures. Rumsfeld and Bush getting ready to release their books to make some cash. They should have written their books from prison where they belong. We all deserve blame because we elected those guys and then after we found out they lied to us just to go to war, we re-elected them and patted them on the back.

    Powel got it right, got thrown under the bus and rightfully resigned from the Bush administration and voted for Obama next election. If that isn't a telling statement I don't know what is.

    February 3, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. carlos

    why people ask this balloon face mc c. for any military advise?????..he knows crap about it, and he showed it by being shot down in nam, that does not make him not even a war hero or expert onmilitary ffirs, sorry, he is NOTHING.

    February 3, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. carlos

    should have been affairs.....

    February 3, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. When asked if he changed positions and had a temper . . .

    Senator McCain punched the reporter, put his socks on his hands and stormed out.

    February 3, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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