John McCain ‘saddened’ over Colin Powell’s Obama endorsement

Jeff Poor | Media Reporter

On Thursday’s broadcast of Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade & Friends,” Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain gave a strong reaction to former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s fresh endorsement of President Barack Obama.

McCain said Obama’s foreign policy is leaving the door open for al-Qaida to regain the ground it lost after the surge in Iraq and that he was “saddened” by the former secretary of state’s decision.

“I’m just saddened because, you know, I used to be a great admirer of Colin Powell,” McCain said. “We were friends. I think one of the sad aspects of his career is going to the United Nations Security Council and telling them things about Iraq that were absolutely false. Obviously, my view of the situation in Iraq is we’re losing. We’re losing what we won thanks to the surge. Al-Qaida is doubled. There’s training camps in Western Iraq. In Afghanistan, all we do is say we’re leaving. Al-Qaida is on the comeback all over Northern Africa. They’ve taken over parts of Mali.”

McCain then directed his comments from a critique of Obama directly at Powell by saying he was putting his legacy further in jeopardy with his support of the president.

“All I can say is that Gen. Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what has clearly been the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime,” McCain added.

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