It was eleven years ago today that this historic exchange took place. On the March 12, 2003, edition of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews asked Sen. John McCain: "Do you believe that the people of Iraq or at least a large number of them will treat us as liberators?" McCain answered: "Absolutely. Absolutely."
What's less often recalled is that McCain had written an op-ed that morning for the NYT titled "The Right War for the Right Reasons." McCain totally bought the bogus claims of Iraq WMD and then dispensed with fears that the attack might have longterm risks: "Isn't it more likely that antipathy toward the United States in the Islamic world might diminish amid the demonstrations of jubilant Iraqis celebrating the end of a regime that has few equals in its ruthlessness?"
Greg Mitchell’s book So Wrong For So Long, on the media and the Iraq war, was published last week in an expanded edition for the first time as an e-book.