Here's a new definition of "always" coming out of Iraq, where at least 160 more people were killed:
At least 160 people have been killed in four major bomb blasts around Baghdad today - the bloodiest violence since a US troop "surge" and crackdown on insurgents began in February.
..."We've seen both inspiring progress, and too much evidence that we still face many grave challenges," the US military spokesman Major General William Caldwell told reporters today. "We've always said securing Baghdad would not be easy."
Before the war, nothing was said about securing Baghdad. The invasion, we were told, would be a marked by more injuries from falling rose petals than enemy action. I think it's utterly fair to hold the administration responsible for the implied claim that American involvement in Iraq would be very short.
Some, out of a surplus of fairness, note that the administration was largely silent on the aftermath of the invasion. There are no direct statements from the architects of this war proclaiming that the occupation of Iraq would be easy.
Contrariwise, there are no pre-war proclamations that the occupation would be difficult. Until now, when General Caldwell helpfully explains that we've always been told that securing Baghdad would not be easy.
I call bullshit on the always. This war was sold in a whitewash and there's no use pretending otherwise. That we've seen a limited amount of facing reality since our Mission was Accomplished is no great comfort.