The Politico reports that John McCain has finally come out against the handling of the war in Iraq. After carrying water for the administration Senator McCain has decided to take a bold stance and come out against Vice President Cheney much the same way Princess Diana once came out against land mines.
Although McCain had once lavished praise on the vice president, he said in an interview in his Senate office: "The president listened too much to the Vice President . . . Of course, the president bears the ultimate responsibility, but he was very badly served by both the Vice President and, most of all, the Secretary of Defense."
McCain added: "Rumsfeld will go down in history, along with McNamara, as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history." Donald Rumsfeld served as President Bush's secretary of defense from January 2001 to December 2006. Robert McNamara was Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War.
McCain, who recently topped a list of the 50 Most Loathsome People in America, will be seeking the presidency in 2008. He is currently on a roll, changing his stance on gay marriage, tax-cuts, and abortion, all to position himself for the big run. Just two years ago McCain was an avowed Cheney admirer, describing him as "one of the most capable, experienced, intelligent and steady vice presidents this country has ever had." But today we welcome John McCain to the 70% of America that believes the Bush Administration has absolutely no idea what is going on or how to conduct a war, any war, but especially a war on terrorism, a war in Iraq. What took you so long?
During McCain's lauding Cheney extended his contempt for the American people and continued a pugnacious attitude that has led to a deteriorating national image, two failed wars, thousands of civilians killed, and huge contracts for Haliburton. Thankfully the American people have forged the way, handing down Nixon-like poll ratings for Bush / Cheney et. al., which means now McCain and probably other Republican presidential hopefuls can summon the courage to identify Dick Cheney, and, perhaps, the other in-office criminals, as a liability to the Republic.