NOW Senator McCain tells us:
PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain said Monday that he has “no confidence” in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, citing Rumsfeld’s handling of the war in Iraq and the failure to send more troops. McCain, speaking to The Associated Press in an hourlong interview, said his comments were not a call for Rumsfeld’s resignation, explaining that President Bush “can have the team that he wants around him.” Asked about his confidence in the secretary’s leadership, McCain recalled fielding a similar question a couple weeks ago. “I said no. My answer is still no. No confidence,” McCain said.
Then again – two months ago (before the election) – McCain’s rationale for supporting Bush-Cheney had something to do with his confidence in their leadership in the war on terror, which Bush-Cheney defined in terms of the situation in Iraq.