John McCain: Iraq War ‘Can’t Be Judged as Anything Other Than a Mistake’ (Thanks for saying this NOW when it doesn’t matter.)

Well, golly gee. I sure am glad this neocon in winter has come to see the light. I mean it’s not like his wartime cheerleading created needless strife and destruction and DEATH or anything. It’s not like if he had come to this realization before 2007, or had been brave enough to say it, that he might have been president. (Which on the whole was lose lose for us in 2008 I guess. There was Ron Paul of course who was right about the Iraq War and the economy, but that’s no big deal. Much better that we got Obama, cough. …)

(From Reason)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), arguably the most influential post-Cold War hawk to never have worked inside the White House, makes a startling admission on page 107 of his soon-to-be-released book, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations.

“The principal reason for invading Iraq, that Saddam had WMD, was wrong,” McCain writes along with co-author Mark Salter. “The war, with its cost in lives and treasure and security, can’t be judged as anything other than a mistake, a very serious one, and I have to accept my share of the blame for it.”

This marks a departure from McCain’s historical stances on whether the war was justified. In his speech after wrapping up the GOP presidential nomination in March 2008—long after the lack of weapons of mass destruction was well established—McCain insisted that “I will defend the decision to destroy Saddam Hussein’s regime as I criticized the failed tactics that were employed for too long to establish the conditions that will allow us to leave that country with our country’s interests secure and our honor intact.”

Well, at least he said it. I guess that is something. Not much but something. I guess.