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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

International News Banned in the USA

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Would anyone notice? Here’s a problem and a plan.

Rekha BasuDes Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu commented (after mentioning several stories that were shaking the world while US news outlets soaked us in Anna Nicole Smith post-mortem minutiae):

You have to be highly motivated to read the world news you do find on TV or in most daily papers; Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Monte

May 17, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Posted in News