John McCain is the subject of criticism for saying that his support for the Iraq war was no excuse because his loyalty to the country was “good.”
But in an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, McCain said that was not the case.
“My loyalty was to the United States of America,” McCain said.
“That’s what I am.
That’s what we are.””
It’s just that my loyalty was not to the Republic of Iraq,” he added.”
And so, I was not loyal to the people of Iraq, that’s what my loyalty is,” he continued.”
I think that my allegiance was to our country.
I did not see any reason why I would not have made the same decision as I did.
I have always made the right decision.””
That’s the way I view it, I do not see a reason why anyone should not be loyal to their country.
And that’s the same for anyone else.”
McCain was not referring to his time in the military as the commander in chief.
In a recent op-ed for the Washington Post, he called the U.S. decision to invade Iraq a mistake.
“The Iraq war did not end when I left the service,” he wrote.
“It began after I left.
And it has been a mistake to allow it to go on.”
When asked by host John Dickerson if he would have supported the war in the same way, McCain responded: “I would have, but I didn’t want to be the commander-in-chief.”
McCains support for a war in Iraq began before he was president, as evidenced by his 2008 campaign.
He supported the Iraq War and had harsh words for then-President George W. Bush during the 2008 election, arguing that Bush’s war strategy was “morally indefensible.”
“I thought that was a terrible mistake,” McCain told CNN in 2007.
“I think it was a very dangerous decision, morally indefensible, and I would have opposed it.
I think it’s the wrong decision.”
When Dickerson asked if he regretted the war, McCain answered: “No.
I would never do anything that would jeopardize the lives of American troops.
I don’t think we need to be in a war with Iraq.”