Thursday, March 20, 2008

McCain's War Tour

John McCain has been on a tour of the Middle East this week. The trip gives us a nice idea of what a McCain foreign policy in the region might look like. Here are the highlights:
- On Tuesday, he told Israelis that their enemies are America's enemies too. Does this mean that a President McCain would start new wars with Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran?
- He went on to tell reporters in Baghdad that things are going well in Iraq, but the U.S. can't pull its troops out any time soon.
- Yesterday, he demonstrated his ignorance of the region by saying that Iran was training Al Qaida members. Joe Lieberman had to publicly correct him. Wishful thinking on McCain's part?
- McCain later tried to weasel out of his gaffe by saying that "Al Qaeda and Shi'ia extremists — with support from external powers such as Iran — are on the run but not defeated." (My emphasis).
This sounds a lot like George Bush's tortured Iraq war logic: Saddam Hussein supported terrorist groups; a terrorist group attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001; the U.S. should therefore attack Iraq in retaliation for Sept. 11.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, opposed the Iraq war and opposes a war with Iran. Check out the speech he gave today on how the war has hurt the U.S. economy.

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