Contradicting Cheney, McCain Says British Withdrawal Not ‘A Good Thing’

This morning, ABC reported that Vice President Cheney views the British phased withdrawal from Iraq as a “sign of progress.” Cheney said, “Well, I look at it and see it is actually an affirmation that there are parts of Iraq where things are going pretty well.”

Contradicting Cheney’s line, Sen. John McCain said today that he believes the British pullout is a negative development. “Do I think it was a good thing?” asked McCain. “No, I wish they would stay longer.” Via CNN Pipeline:

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Also at the press conference, McCain responded to Cheney’s suggestion that he “apologize to Rumsfeld” for calling him the “one of the worst secretaries of defense in history.” McCain told reporters, “I stand by my comment about Secretary Rumsfeld.”


QUESTION: What do you think of Blair pulling British troops out of Iraq?

MCCAIN: I understand that. I’d had a conversation with Prime Minister Blair a couple weeks ago. I believe that they feel a lot of their mission was completed there. Do I think it was a good thing? No, I wish they would stay longer. But I respect Prime Minister Blair’s decision.