On the morning of the 9/11, just moments after the World Trade Center collapsed from the terrorist strikes, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) went on television and immediately began focusing the nation's attention on Iraq. In an interview with CBS' Dan Rather on 9/11, McCain said:
To be honest with you, Dan, I never thought that an operation of this sophistication and size would take place. I just never did. But I don't think there's any doubt that there are countries -- Iraq, Iran, Libya, North Korea and others -- who we know engage in proliferation of -- of capabilities and, from time to time, involve themselves in state-sponsored terrorism. But never did we imagine on a scale such as this.
The next day, on 9/12, McCain reiterated the point in an interview with Chris Matthews. "It isn't just Afghanistan," he said, "we're talking about Syria, Iraq, Iran, perhaps North Korea, Libya and others."