McCain’s senior moment

At a news conference in Jordan yesterday, John McCain mistakenly accused Iran of “taking al-Qaida into Iran, training them and sending them back” to Iraq.

This partnership would be a bit curious, since Iran is predominantly Shia while al-Qaida is Sunni. And while the US has accused Iran of providing assistance to Shia fighters in Iraq, there’s no evidence that it is helping al-Qaida. Asked about this, McCain responded:

Well, it’s common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaida is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran. That’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.

McCain quickly corrected himself after fellow hawk Joe Lieberman, who was travelling with him, whispered in his ear.

Perhaps it was only a senior moment – not exactly the image the candidate who would be the oldest president in history would want to project, but not all that significant either.

Given that McCain’s running for president on his foreign policy experience, though, it’s also a worrying sign that he would not only hew to George Bush’s strategy in Iraq, but also continue his tendency to conflate Iraq with 9/11, al-Qaida with Saddam and the war in Iraq with the fight against terrorism.

//guardian//

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