McCain Claims Iraq Will Be Won Or Lost In ‘Next Several Months,’ Admits Previous Prediction Was Wrong

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Today on NBC’s Meet the Press, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) again claimed this is a “critical time” in Iraq and that “we’re either going to lose this thing or win this thing within the next several months.”

Host Tim Russert noted that on December 8, 2005, McCain had said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have a fair amount of progress [in Iraq] if we stay the course.” McCain admitted he has “proven not to be correct.” Watch it:

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On March 23, 2003, McCain predicted, “I believe that this conflict is still going to be relatively short.” Today also wasn’t the first time McCain has claimed we’re at a “critical time’ in Iraq:

– “The terrorists know that this is a very critical time.” [6/4/04]

– Q: You agree this is a critical moment in Iraq?
MCCAIN: I agree it’s a critical time, yes. [8/20/06]

– “I think that, first of all, things are very serious there. And to say otherwise I don’t think would be an accurate depiction of events, and this is a very critical time.” [10/19/06]

Full transcript:

MCCAIN: If you talk to most military experts, we’re in a critical and crucial time. We’re either going to lose this thing or win this thing within the next several months.

RUSSERT: But senator, people are going to make a judgment about your judgment. Less than a year ago you were saying this: “Overall, I think a year from now” — that’s now — “we will have a fair amount of progress in Iraq if we stay the course.”

RUSSERT: That’s proven not to be correct.

MCCAIN: It’s proven not to be correct.

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