2.19.2007

Senator John McCain Deeply Regrets the High Price of the Mismanaged Iraq War

After this past week's unmistakable expressions of 'no confidence' in the U.S. Congress for the president's Iraq War plans, I expected pressure to mount for an exit.

Immediately, Senator Clinton joined Senator Obama and other Democrats in calling for a phased withdrawal of troops.

Now we have a report from AP's Bruce Smith on Republican Senator John McCain, one of the president's staunchest supporters in the "war on Terror", in which he admits that the Iraq War has been mismanaged for years.

Ouch!

"We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement - that's the kindest word I can give you - of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war," the Arizona senator told an overflow crowd of more than 800 at a retirement community near Hilton Head Island, S.C. "The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously."

What was the response from the conservative-minded Republican South Carolinians in the audience? Applause.