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Uploaded on Feb 11, 2008
John McCain faulted the Bush Administration in August of 2006 for not being honest with the American people in their rhetoric leading up to the War in Iraq, but who else led the American people to think that the occupation of Iraq would "be some kind of day at the beach?"
2006 "We had not told the American people how tough and difficult this could be. It has contributed enormously to the frustration that Americans feel today because they were led to believe this could be some kind of day at the beach." [McCain in Columbus Ohio, Press Conference, aired on CNN, 8/22/06]
2002 McCain: "And I believe that the success will be fairly easy." [CNN, Larry King Live, 9/24/02]
2007 Tim Russert: "Go back, Senator, to 2002 -- the administration saying we'd be greeted as liberators." [MSNBC, 1/10/07]
2003 McCain: "There's no doubt in my mind that once these people are gone that we will be welcomed as liberators." [MSNBC, Hardball, 3/24/03]
2002 McCain: "I believe that we can win an overwhelming victory in a very short period of time." [CNN Late Edition, 9/29/02]
2008 Questioner: President Bush has talked about our staying in Iraq for fifty years." McCain: "Make it a hundred... That would be fine with me, I hope it would be fine with you." [McCain Town hall in Derry, NH, 1/3/08]
2002 McCain: "We're not going get into house-to-house fighting in Baghdad." [CNN Late Edition, 9/29/02]
2003 McCain: "It doesn't take a large number of people to cause difficulties in house to house fighting- we've just seen that in southern Iraq." [MSNBC, 3/24/03]
2006 McCain: "We have not told the American people how touch and difficult this task would be... they were led to believe this could be some kind of day at the beach." [CNN, 8/22/06]