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Friday, February 04, 2011

John McCain Counters Donald Rumsfeld: 'Thank God He Was Relieved of His Duties'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave a curt response Thursday to reports that former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld had some unkind things to say about him in his new book, Known and Unknown.

Rumsfeld had favoured going into Iraq quickly and getting out quickly, handing over power to the Iraqis, but Bremer favoured a slower approach. Bremer disbanded the Iraqi army, banned all members of Saddam's Ba'ath party from holding office and embarked on a prolonged transition to democratic government.

Instead, he fingers the US diplomat in charge of postwar Iraq, Paul Bremer, and criticises the former secretary of state, Colin Powell, and the former national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice.

The Badr corps is trained, equipped and directed by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard and we will hold the Iranian government responsible for their actions and will view Badr corps activity inside Iraq as unhelpful," he said.

Mr Rumsfeld's warning is sure to inflame Tehran which has so far adopted a restrained and even cooperative stance towards the conflict.

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