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Charles Krauthammer, Liar Extraordinaire

Reported by Janie - August 24, 2006 -

2008 GOP Presidential frontrunner John McCain finally noticed that 61% of Americans do not approve of the Iraq war, and decided (with lofty goals in mind) to change his rhetoric a bit by questioning some comments and actions made by the Bush Administration. McCain claimed that the Bush Administration misled the American public on Iraq by leading us to believe it would be "some kind of day at the beach." The Fox "All Stars" tackled this topic on last night's episode of "Special Report" (8/23), where regular guest Charles Krauthammer felt compelled to lie for the Bush Administration by claiming, "There was no one in position of responsibility who said it was going to be easy".

Krauthammer claimed, "Well, on McCain, I think it's simply not so, that the Administration had promised a day at the beach. There was no one in position of responsibility who said it was going to be easy. Repeated warnings it was going to be hard."

Fox host Brit Hume did not question nor correct this comment.

In fact, Krauthammer is outright lying:

The war “could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.” - Donald Rumsfeld (2/7/03)

“We will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. . . . I think it will go relatively quickly... (in) weeks rather than months.” - Vice President Dick Cheney (3/16/03)

“The notion that it would take several hundred thousand American troops just seems outlandish.” Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz (3/4/03)

“We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon.” - Paul Wolfowitz (3/27/03)

"There is no question but that they would be welcomed" - Donald Rumsfeld responding to Jim Lehrer when asked if American forces would be welcomed by the civilian population of Iraq (2/20/03)

“[T]he American part of this will be $1.7 billion. We have no plans for any further-on funding for this.” - Andrew Natsios, then Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (4/23/03)

So are these not people in a position of responsibility, or can we call Krauthammer what he is? A bold-faced liar.