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John McCain Gaffes It Again

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 18, 2008

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John McCain, Mister Stray Talk Excess, once again showed today that his mastery of world affairs could easily be bested by a moderately-diligent sixth-grader (h/t Penman):

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.”

Uh, John? Iran’s population is majority Shia Muslim. Al-Qaeda is made up of hardcore Sunni Muslims, with the leadership coming from Wahabi Sunni stronghold Saudi Arabia. (To learn more about the differences between Shia and Sunni, go here.) I mean, gee, even Joe Lieberman knows that, which is why he rushed to your aid:

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.”

But Short Ride Joe can’t be around you 24/7 (I imagine both Cindy and Hadassah would be jealous), which is why you also made that gaffe yesterday and again today.

8 Responses to “John McCain Gaffes It Again”

  1. MEC said

    “the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda”

    John McCain just claimed that al-Qaeda is not extremist. Pass it on.

  2. larue said

    This gaffe, and the one’s building upon it, deserve the Ugly Stick.

    GI Johnny Mac needs a whack with an ugly stick.

    N I thought Shilary’s Machine had gotten ugly stick whacked on Kos.

    All of them, the entire DLC, back into the closet bound and gagged with the rest of the southern 23%.

    Not relevant to life anymore, as the rest of us know it.

    That ugly stick’s gonna be worn out before this is all over in January ’09.

    Maybe we won’t have to ever use it again. A Larue can dream, I guess. ;-)

  3. Gee. You’d think McCain was old or something.

  4. fred said

    I believe that the usual first draft for TehTerrorWar talking points uses terms like “raghead-1”, “raghead-2”, “raghead-3”, etc. instead of “Al Qaeda”, “Iran”, “Hezbollah” — and that only in the second or third draft do they decide who the bad guys du jour should be. Surely it’s all too nuanced for consumption by average Americans anyway.

  5. HIIJM, i’m so stealing that.

  6. I got yer ‘Maverick’ right here…

  7. Charles II said

    Yup, that’s the one, Alicia.

  8. CrazyFuckingBeaver said

    Oh jeez, my pants are so sweaty, anybody want to join me?

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