Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Clueless John McCain

Following his heroic visit to Iraq, McCain stopped off in Jordan and revealed he has no idea what's happening in Iraq:

Speaking to reporters in Amman, the Jordanian capital, McCain said he and two Senate colleagues traveling with him continue to be concerned about Iranian operatives “taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back.”

Pressed to elaborate, McCain said it was “common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran, that’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.” A few moments later, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, standing just behind McCain, stepped forward and whispered in the presidential candidate’s ear. McCain then said: “I’m sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda.”

The mistake threatened to undermine McCain's argument that his decades of foreign policy experience make him the natural choice to lead a country at war with terrorists. In recent days, McCain has repeatedly said his intimate knowledge of foreign policy make him the best equipped to answer a phone ringing in the White House late at night.
Matt is quite right to point out that this is a bigger deal than McCain just getting some minor trivia wrong. McCain holds himself out as the only candidate to know what's going on in Iraq and have the answers to solve the problem of Iraq and yet he appears to be clueless as to what's actually going on in Iraq.

What is "common knowledge" is that Al Qaeda is a Sunni based organization that has little or nothing to do with Iran. It's Saudi princes who seem to provide most of Al Qaeda's money and weapons, but that is an inconvenient fact we don't like to discuss.

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