This week, Scott McClellan said in a press conference mentioned that the US was invited to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq. Then the First Lady of the American Press, Helen confronted McClellan:
MR. McCLELLAN: No, we are — that’s where we currently —
Q — in view of your credibility is already mired? How can you say that?
MR. McCLELLAN: Helen, I think everyone in this room knows that you’re taking that comment out of context. There are two democratically-elected governments in Iraq and —
Q We’re we invited into Iraq?
MR. McCLELLAN: There are two democratically-elected governments now in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are there at their invitation. They are sovereign governments, and we are there today —
Q You mean if they had asked us out, that we would have left?
MR. McCLELLAN: No, Helen, I’m talking about today. We are there at their invitation. They are sovereign governments —
Q I’m talking about today, too.
MR. McCLELLAN: — and we are doing all we can to train and equip their security forces so that they can provide for their own security as they move forward on a free and democratic future.
Q Did we invade those countries?
See it on C-SPAN. It is the White House Press Briefing with Scott McClellan from May 25, 2005 – RealVideo – the question is about 1 minute, 10 seconds in.