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Juan Cole: Straight Talk Express derailed [and Iran update]

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As the battle for political truth plunges into the general election season, Prof. Juan Cole recommends this 3 minute video clip of John McCain. It’ll remind you of Clinton’s Tuszla landing, for here’s McCain saying on film what he says he doesn’t say. [UPDATE: See a stunner of McCain talking about Iran, just below]

[UPDATE #2: Huffington Post is reporting that this video, since its release last Sunday, has become the #1 most viewed video on YouTube, and the #2 story on the Digg election page! It’s been viewed over a million times, giving it “an audience that most cable news shows only dream of.” Some are hoping the corporate media will be shocked into a return to investigative journalism, abandoned during the Bush years out of fear of being labeled “liberal media.”]

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Whether these backtracks represent confusion or dishonesty, I can’t tell. Sen. McCain certainly seems like a likable guy, and was unquestionably brave 35 years ago.

But putting his finger on the nuclear trigger strikes me as a mighty risky enterprise. I want someone in the Oval Office who’s not this mixed up.

UPDATE: It’s worse than I thought.

Joe Klein of Time Magazine calls McCain on his misunderstanding of Ahmadinejad’s role in Iranian foreign policy (as Think Progress notes: “Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Iran’s National Security Council set Iran’s foreign policy.” The Iranian President is not the Commander-in-Chief.)

McCain’s response (with a smirk): “I think if you asked any average American who the leader of Iran is, I think they’d know.” Watch it:

Yow! He really doesn’t know! And he smiles wisely at the reporter’s ignorance!

Oh, boy.

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Written by Monte

May 20, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Posted in Iraq, Politics

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  1. Now, now, DG, breathe deeply.

    Every three days, McCain makes a mistake that would get a high school blogger clobbered.

    Now the qualification he pitches is his foreign policy experience. But the evidence – ad infinitum – suggests he offers more bravado than expertise.

    It really is fair enough to point that out. Having a presidential candidate fail to grasp the way Iranian government operates – and suggest taking us to war on the way it doesn’t – is, well, just a leetle bit noteworthy.

    And loony? Aww, now…


    May 21, 2008 at 11:23 pm

  2. Yeah!


    May 21, 2008 at 11:01 pm

  3. Yipes, Monte! HuffPo and Crooks and Liars both picked it up. That pretty well rocks! Now if we can just get it on the Pravda evening news we’re jake…


    May 21, 2008 at 5:41 pm

  4. Why don’t you get a site of your own and call it whatever you want?


    May 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm

  5. Why don’t we just call this site the “Obama for Pres 08”? Ya’ll have been swept up in the left-wing loony phobia.


    May 21, 2008 at 1:54 pm

  6. My thought, too, after I posted this – how wonderful that someone (I believe this was Joe Klein of Time) would know enough to bring it up.


    May 21, 2008 at 9:52 am

  7. OMG! OMG! OMG!

    Lazy. Smug. Senile. Drunk. Incoherent.

    Spewer of gibberish.


    I am, however, extremely pleased to hear a reporter ASK him that question!


    May 21, 2008 at 4:51 am

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