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Colin Powell's Ex-Aide: McCain "Hardheaded," "Arrogant," "Hubristic"

03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In an article titled "Hothead McCain," for the upcoming issue of The Nation, Robert Dreyfuss quotes Col. Larry Wilkerson (Ret.) -- former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell -- saying that with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) "[n]o dissent, no opinion to the contrary, however reasonable, will be entertained." Wilkerson added that McCain is "hardheaded," "arrogant," "hubristic," and "too proud for his own good." Referring to McCain's foreign policy advisers, Wilkerson said: They "scare me." "Scare me."

UPDATE: In an article in Salon, Mark Benjamin writes that some military officials are worried about McCain:

"I like McCain. I respect McCain. But I am a little worried by his knee-jerk response factor," said retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, who was in charge of training the Iraqi military from 2003 to 2004 and is now campaigning for Clinton. "I think it is a little scary. I think this guy's first reactions are not necessarily the best reactions. I believe that he acts on impulse."

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