In contrast to the administration's repeated claims, there were no weapons of mass destruction, no ties between the Sept. 11 terrorists and Iraq, and no imminent threat to U.S. national security. Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, and a host of Neocons led the nation into war on false pretenses.
And where was Sen. John McCain when this public relations campaign was going on? Cheerleading the war effort, of course.
Here's a telling McCain quote we found, published Jan. 10, 2002, in the New York Daily News:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) visited the Roosevelt yesterday and shouted, "Next up: Baghdad!" from the carrier's bridge.
McCain has been pushing the administration to make Iraq and its dictator, Saddam Hussein, the next targets in the war on terrorism.
Pentagon officials and Powell have cautioned against focusing on Baghdad, but McCain said yesterday that Iraq poses "a clear and present danger" to the U.S.
"I think Iraq is going to have to be considered," he said.