McCain: Iraq was 'easy' [VIDEO]

RUSSERT: Go back, Senator, to 2002. The administration saying we would be greeted 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. Look at the films of when we rolled into Baghdad.
Umm, the whole point is, there is no "was."

Iraq "is."

At least Iraq "is" for families who get a knock on the door letting them know their loved ones were killed. Iraq certainly "is" for Iraqis...

Steve Benen writes:
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.”
I’ve been anxious to know how McCain could possibly respond to some of his remarks from 2002 and 2003, beyond the obvious-but-honest, “I was completely wrong,” which he wouldn’t dare say. To be sure, it’s a political problem. McCain said on CNN in September 2002, “I believe that the success will be fairly easy.” A few days later, he said, “We’re not going to have a bloodletting of trading American bodies for Iraqi bodies.” Two months before the invasion, McCain boasted, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.”
The only thing worse than McCain lying and saying that what he really meant was that he believed that the military operation would be easy is if he were telling the truth and he believes that it really believes that the initial invasion was the only military operation...

Or if he thinks he was "straight talkin'" or whatever bullshit his PR team of scheisters has come up with...

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