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McCain's connection of Shia dominated Iran with Sunni dominated Al-Qaida was no misstatement.

Not only did McCain voice this fundamental misunderstanding of the Iraq situation twice in Jordan and on Hugh Hewitt but he did it on Feb 28th at the Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston.


But Al Qaeda is there, they are functioning, they are supported in many times, in many ways by the Iranians.

This isn't an isolated incident where a confused McCain mixes up a few words. It isn't a case of mis-speak. This is another example of wrong-headed Republican thinking concerning the actual situation in Iraq.

This is supposed to be the guy with "decades" of foreign policy experience?

Now if only the press will cover what a candidate actually is saying rather than what someone else other than the candidate is saying.

Somehow I doubt they will.

Originally posted to CaptStumpy on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 09:42 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    It is impossible to reason someone out of something that he did not reason himself into in the first place. - Jonathan Swift

    by CaptStumpy on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 09:43:23 AM PDT

  •  The media can't be bothered (3+ / 0-)
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    esquimaux, JeffW, forgore

    with such issues. They've got a black candidate that needs lynching.

    This message has not been approved by the corporate media.

    by jre2k8 on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 09:44:36 AM PDT

  •  McCain (0+ / 0-)

    could be the guy with Alzheimers. Has he ever been tested?

    "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." --Blaise Pascal

    by lyvwyr101 on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 09:50:28 AM PDT

  •  Drumbeats of War (2+ / 0-)
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    se portland, JeffW

    McCain is beating the drum for a war with Iran, much as Bush did with Iraq, by spreading lies and innuendo. McCain, as was Bush, is supported by the Corporate MSM, whose bread is buttered on both sides by war-mongering: increased ratings, and increased defense department revenue for their corporate owners GE and Westinghouse.

    Time to help that old soldier fade away.

  •  McCain, Bush, Cheney (1+ / 0-)
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    and all their neocon ennablers continue to see only what they want to see in the middle east, and thus ignore anything so unsexy as reality: they are captivated by a mirage bred from an idee fixe: that inflexible ideology that keeps us in this  stalemate. If you gave them another 100 years, the blood of 10,000 US soldiers killed in vaidn, and a 100 trillion dollars, they still could not ease the turmoil or provide stability.

  •  Rudy-itis (0+ / 0-)

    This is just a case of 9u11iani disease.  McCain and the Republicans know that Iraq and Iranian saber rattling a loser, and Al Qaeda is the clearest path to winning in November.  They also know that the MSM will generally let a Republican get away with declaring absolute falsehoods with little more than a blurb.  The theme is clear.  Mention Al Qaeda, 911, OSB as many times as possible, no matter what the context.  Play on fear and stupidity, because the truth of the matter really does mean much in Idiot America.

  •  Al-Qaida, Al-Qaeda, Iraqi, Irana (0+ / 0-)

    Let's call the whole thing off.

    Is it Al-Qaida or Al Qaeda?

    I can never figure that out. Once I get settled on one spelling. Everyone starts spelling it another way.

    It is impossible to reason someone out of something that he did not reason himself into in the first place. - Jonathan Swift

    by CaptStumpy on Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 09:56:24 AM PDT

    •  That's the problem with transliteration, (0+ / 0-)

      when English doesn't have the same orthography as the source language.  The closest is "al-Qa'ida", due to the glottal stop.

      Same problem with Chinese, but worse since Chinese orthography isn't phonemic like Arabic or English.

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