By Nathan Burchfiel
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
August 24, 2006
(CNSNews.com) – Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday accused the Bush administration of creating the impression that the war in Iraq would be “some kind of day at the beach.” But transcripts of Bush’s speeches from March 2003 show that Bush tried to distance himself from analysts who said the campaign would be easy.
During a campaign stop for Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), McCain said, “One of the biggest mistakes we made was underestimating the size of the task and the sacrifices that would be required,” according to the Associated Press.
But in his address to the nation on March 19, 2003 – as American fighters began dropping bombs on Baghdad – Bush said the bombings were the “opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign.”
The conflict “could be longer and more difficult than some predicted,” Bush explained, due to the harsh terrain and unpredictable fighting methods of the enemy. He added that “helping Iraqis achieve a united, stable and free country will require our sustained commitment.”
Is it me, or is McCain beginning to sound like a (D)?