John McCain took to the morning shows on Friday to lament the increasingly worsening situation in Iraq and the ensuing “existential threat” to the United States, butting heads with hosts who disagreed that leaving residual American troops in the country would have helped stabilize the country.
Later, on CNN, McCain continued his critique of the Obama administration’s policy, and noted that he similarly called on the Bush administration to fire Donald Rumsfeld for his handling of Iraq.
“We could have won this, we sacrificed over 4,000 people,” he said. “If I sound angry about this, I’m sorry, but I know too many of these people, I’ve met too many at Walter Reed that have been wounded.”
“We could have solved this conflict — we had it won thanks to the surge — and we blew it all,” McCain went on. ”That’s a tragedy.”