Dem senator: US cannot win wars in the Arab world

The U.S. is losing its wars in the Middle East, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) told a local West Virginia newspaper on Tuesday.

"Today, I have grave misgivings about being in Iraq for another week," Rockefeller told the Charleston Daily Mail's editorial board. "We should be out of Iraq this year altogether. We are not going to win. It is not in the cards. Many Asian countries have a totally tribal culture.

"It is the same thing in Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen," Rockefeller added.

Rockefeller said that his vote to allow then-President George W. Bush to take military action against Iraq in 2003 was one of the worst votes of his life.

"When I voted for the Iraq war, it was one of the worst votes in my life," Rockefeller said.

But Rockefeller also suggested that his decision to vote to allow Bush to go into Iraq was based on inaccurate information proved by U.S. intelligence services and that Congress ought to do more to hold those organizations responsible for their mistakes.

"As a member of our [Senate] Intelligence Committee, we can investigate the skullduggery and the manipulation of information that is classified," said Rockefeller.