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McCain: ‘Strong’ Reservations About Army Chief Nominee Casey February 2, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Military News, Politics, US News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–The Army general who led the Iraq war for 2 1/2 years came under fire Thursday from a leading supporter of President George W. Bush’s new strategy in Iraq as two other influential senators sought to gain Republican support for a compromise resolution against Bush’s troop buildup.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., criticized Gen. George Casey for what he called misjudgments about the prospects for progress toward stabilizing Iraq during his tenure in Baghdad. McCain said he has “strong reservation” about Casey’s nomination to become the next Army chief of staff.

“While I don’t in any way question your honor, your patriotism or your service to our country, I do question some of the decisions, the judgments, you’ve made over the past two and a half years,” McCain said. “During that time things have gotten markedly and progressively worse.”

The proposed Senate resolution is likely to pose a threat to the White House because of its potential appeal to Republicans in Bush’s party who have grown tired of the nearly four-year war and want a chance to express their concerns. The White House has been hoping to avoid an overwhelming congressional vote criticizing Bush’s handling of the war.

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