McCain Says The US Was Greeted As Liberators In Iraq And The War Was Easy...

mccain-easy-liberate.jpg John McCain told Tim Russert that America was greeted as liberators when we got to Iraq. What is he talking about. When were we ever greeted as liberators? It wasn't like ten months of peace and tranquility. The looting began almost immediately. He also says that the war was easy. Easy for who?

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RUSSERT: Go back, Senator, to 2002. The administration saying we would be greeting as liberators. John McCain saying that you thought success would be fairly easy.

MCCAIN: It was.

RUSSERT: In all honesty…

MCCAIN: It was easy, it was easy. I said the military operation would be easy. It was easy. We were greeted as liberators. And then there was a period of time...

Steve Benen:

The topic, of course, was Iraq. To his credit, Russert was asking the right questions, reminding McCain of his now-embarrassing comments from a couple of years ago, in which the senator predicted an easy conflict. I’m paraphrasing a little, but Russert noted that McCain said the war would be “easy,” to which McCain responded, “It was easy.”

Faiz has more: McCain’s claim that the war “was easy” fails to acknowledge that there never was an end to “major combat operations” as President Bush once on And Faiz found this quote below from 2002, McCain thought the whole war would be a piece of cake.

CALLER: Being a veteran yourself, Mr. McCain, how do you feel about going to war a third time?

MCCAIN: I thank you for the question because that keeps me awake at night. Because I know that as successful as I believe we will be, and I believe that the success will be fairly easy, we will still lose some American young men or women. And that's a great tragedy.

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