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3/18/08 5:50 PM
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Lieberman lends McCain an assist after gaffe in Jordan David Edwards Published: Tuesday March 18, 2008 | StumbleUpon Print This Email This Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting, expressed fresh concern Tuesday about Iran's influence in Iraq and rising sway in Mideast. However, as the Washington Post's campaign blog points out, McCain "misidentified in remarks Tuesday which broad category of Iraqi extremists are allegedly receiving support from Iran." "He said several times that Iran, a predominately Shiite country, was supplying the mostly Sunni militant group, al-Qaeda," Cameron W. Barr and Michael D. Shear note. "In fact, officials have said they believe Iran is helping Shiite extremists in Iraq." After 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," the post reports "Sen. Joseph Lieberman, standing just behind McCain, stepped forward and whispered in the presidential candidate's ear," leading McCain to add: "I'm sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda." The Post blog adds, "The mistake threatened to undermine McCain's argument that his decades of foreign policy experience make him the natural choice to lead a country at war with terrorists. In recent days, McCain has repeatedly said his intimate knowledge of foreign policy make him the best equipped to answer a phone ringing in the White House late at night." McCain also voiced concern that Tehran is bringing militants over the border into Iran for training before sending them back to fight U.S. troops in Iraq, and blamed Syria for allegedly continuing to "expedite" a flow of foreign fighters. "We continue to be concerned about Iranian influence and assistance to Hezbollah as well as Iranian pursuit of nuclear weapons," McCain said. He added that, if elected president, he would coordinate better with Europe to impose a "broad range of sanctions and punishments" on Tehran, to "convince them that their activities, particularly development of nuclear weapons, is not a beneficial goal to seek." McCain declined to comment on whether he could back an eventual decision to strike Iran if Tehran doesn't cease its nuclear activities. In response to a question about possible U.S. strikes against Tehran, McCain only said: "At the end of the day, we cannot afford having a nuclear armed Iran." He warned that any hasty pullout from Iraq would be a mistake that would favor Iran and al-Qaida. "We continue to be very concerned about the Iranian influence in Iraq and in the region," McCain said. McCain ran into trouble last year when he joked about bombing Iran, giving a campaign audience in South Carolina a rendition of the opening lyrics of the Beach Boys rock classic "Barbara Ann," calling the tune "Bomb Iran" and changing the words to "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, anyway, ah ..." McCain, who has linked his political future to U.S. success in Iraq, was in the wartorn country on Monday for meetings with Iraqi and U.S. diplomatic and military officials. "We were very encouraged by the success of the surge and the reduction in U.S. casualties," McCain told reporters in Jordan, where he stopped on the next leg of a congressional visit that will also take him to Israel, Britain and France. "We are succeeding, but we still have a long way to go," he warned. "Al-Qaida is on the run, they're not defeated." A "major battle" remains to be fought to reclaim the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, he said, stating it was a success for the U.S. that Iraqi troops were now "taking the lead in that struggle" against al-Qaida. Later Tuesday, McCain received a celebrity welcome in Jerusalem, beginning a two-day visit to Israel with a stop at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. As his motorcade pulled up dozens of tourists greeted him and chanted "Mac is back," as he shook their hands and posed for photographs. During his 90-minute visit at the memorial and museum, McCain was visibly moved, his eyes welling with tears as he viewed photographs from Nazi death camps. Wearing a skullcap placed on his head by Lieberman, McCain laid a wreath in memory of the 6 million Jewish Holocaust victims and lit a memorial flame. Signing the Yad Vashem visitors' book he wrote: "I am deeply moved. Never again. John McCain." His visit to Iraq was the Arizona senator's first since emerging as the presumed Republican nominee. He was accompanied by Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., two of his top supporters in the race for president. He promised that, if elected president, he would uphold a long-term military commitment in Iraq as long as al-Qaida in Iraq is not defeated. McCain, who is the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the trip to the Middle East and Europe was for fact-finding purposes, not a campaign photo opportunity. He is expected to meet with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for the first time, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy for the third time. He met and corresponded with Sarkozy both before and after the French president was elected. They last saw each other last summer. McCain has told U.S. reporters he worries that insurgents might try to influence the November presidential election by stepping up their attacks in Iraq. McCain is a supporter of the 2003 invasion and President Bush's troop increase last year. http://rawstory.com/news/2008/McCain_Iran_training_Al_Qaeda_Lieberman_0318.html
3/18/08 5:52 PM
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3/18/08 5:58 PM
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We have found the enemy, and it is us.
3/18/08 6:04 PM
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We should attack any country who is a potential threat. That would make terrorism go away.
3/18/08 6:19 PM
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Attack is such a strong word. Maybe just bomb them with hardware worth billions of dollars from many miles away. It worked in Viet Nam, didn't it?
3/18/08 6:39 PM
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That's the sorta thing you can expect if you elect a 72 year old dude president
3/18/08 6:52 PM
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We just had a President who couldn't finish a sentence without a Freudian slip who was pretty young... What was his name? Oh wait, he is still president.
3/18/08 7:01 PM
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For me, and many of my Canadian friends, this election is basically the last test for the American people... please dont be idiots.
3/18/08 7:04 PM
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"Attack is such a strong word. Maybe just bomb them with hardware worth billions of dollars from many miles away. It worked in Viet Nam, didn't it? " It would have if we bombed North Vietnam.
3/18/08 7:08 PM
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Not a good sign.
3/18/08 7:44 PM
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Vietnam, what a stupid and dumb war to get involved in, the poor Vietnamese...did not even have oil. First the tarded Japs, then the weak French, then USA, finally Commie/evil Chinese gov was in Vietnam trying to take it over.
3/18/08 7:56 PM
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What a fcking moron. errr...I mean...McSame '08!!!!
3/18/08 8:04 PM
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"It would have if we bombed North Vietnam." You are under the impression that we didn't? We leveled every building that was there to level.
3/18/08 8:09 PM
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^Some of the tarded masses are already buying it. As one should expect of tards.
3/18/08 8:11 PM
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Yeah, the fact that he's bringing up Iran and their links to terror right now gives you a hint about his agenda if he ever becomes president (God forbid).
3/18/08 8:31 PM
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He really does represent just more of the same. If you want an extension of the Bush presidency, then he's the man to vote for.
3/18/08 8:39 PM
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He is big on the environment though. That will really help his electability with Republicans though. Plus he doesn't like torture, that will send them to the polls in droves.
3/19/08 11:49 AM
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lol at TheHawker
3/19/08 11:51 AM
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where the fuck you find these people?
3/19/08 11:59 AM
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"He said several times that Iran, a predominately Shiite country, was supplying the mostly Sunni militant group, al-Qaeda," Cameron W. Barr and Michael D. Shear note. "In fact, officials have said they believe Iran is helping Shiite extremists in Iraq." Actually, there is pretty clear evidence Iran has provided weapons, training, and money to both sides, Shia and Sunni. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wirestory?id=3155942 http://www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2007/04/12/sunni_insurgents_using_iranian_made_arms_us_alleges/ Not to bother the usual mewlings of the usual suspects with facts or anything...
3/19/08 12:04 PM
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Seriously I saw the tape of this last night, and it was awful.

 I mean, it honestly sucks for people that are conservatives at heart to have such an idiot as their choice. I honestly had flashbacks to my grandfather who passed a few years ago from Parkinsons.

HOWEVER it is GOOD that he is open to being corrected. I don't think that Bush deals well if someone stands over his shoulder and corrects him when he commits his frequent mistakes.

If McCain is elected, it won't really be him running the show, it will be another set of Dick Cheney's and Karl Rove's running the white house and talking grandpa what to say.

3/19/08 1:36 PM
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(CNN) -- Barack Obama on Wednesday took aim at potential rival John McCain over the Arizona senator's apparent misstep at a recent press conference in Jordon, the latest sign Democrats are looking to capitalize on the moment. "Just yesterday, we heard Sen. McCain confuse Sunni and Shiite, Iran and Al Qaeda," Obama said during a speech on Iraq Wednesday morning. "Maybe that is why he voted to go to war with a country that had no Al Qaeda ties. Maybe that is why he completely fails to understand that the war in Iraq has done more to embolden America's enemies than any strategic choice that we have made in decades. In his speech Wednesday in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Obama also criticized McCain for his continued support for an "open-ended war." "Now we know what we'll hear from those like John McCain who support open-ended war. They will argue that leaving Iraq is surrender," he said. "That we are emboldening the enemy. These are the mistaken and misleading arguments we hear from those who have failed to demonstrate how the war in Iraq has made us safer. "
3/19/08 2:55 PM
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Unlike the OG, McCain doesn't have an "edit post" function. You talk as much as he does in public you make a few mistakes.
3/19/08 2:58 PM
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McCain is certainly pro-war
3/19/08 3:00 PM
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"Barack Obama on Wednesday took aim at potential rival John McCain "

it's because mccain is white isn't it?


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