The #2 Scapegoat!
Among the dwindling ranks of the original war conspirators, the only thing he can think of is to work his way up the chain of command. Yesterday, McCain jumped the back of Dick Cheney. He said, the American people
. . . have grown frustrated because of our lack of success. They basically throw up their hands and say, "Enough"! And a lot of that is understandable because this war has been terribly mishandled. Rumsfeld will go down in history, along with (Robert) McNamara, as one of the worst Secretaries of Defense in history.McCain is unintentionally performing a public service. But, Americans, as a people, have to direct their full attention on this battered and shattered House of Cards. They have to continue drawing cards from this deck until they turn over the Knave-in-Chief.
. . . . And the tragedy of all this, again, was that it was so badly mishandled. Which has been well-chronicled. I wish every American would read Cobra II and Fiasco.
. . . . The president listened too much to the vice president. And the secretary of defense. And I think the secretary of defense basically cowed the military so that there was little, if any, dissent when many of these military people who I saw both in Iraq and back here privately told me that things were going badly.
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.