McCain Displays Foreign Policy Ignorance

John McCain has been portraying himself as the man with experience, after all, he has made more trips to Iraq than any other member of Congress. Senator McCain insists Barack Obama lacks his foreign policy experience and the United States needs someone as president who can make the right decisions when the phone rings at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Of course, Americans hope whoever picks up the phone early in the morning actually knows what he or she is talking about. McCain spoke to reporters in Amman, Jordan, about his recent trip to Iraq. He told them it is “common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaida has been going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran, that’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.” Within seconds after uttering this nonsense, Senator Joseph Lieberman walked over to McCain, whispered in his ear, and the Republican candidate corrected himself. “I’m sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaida.”

Anyone who only has superficial knowledge of the Middle East knows Iran is a major center of Shiites while al-Qaida is a Sunni orgranization that hates Shiites. Joohn McCain is te ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and he doesn’t even know the difference between Shiites and Sunnis. He apparently does not know the Shiite Iranian government gave assistance to American forces when they drove out the Sunni Taliban from Afghanistan.

The Senator from Arizona is so caught up with his supposed “foreign policy knowledge” that he apparently doesn’t even have a grasp of the basis of what is going on in the Middle East. Imagine an ignorant person answering the phone at 3:00 a.m. and making such a blunder. Of course, an ignorant person already made such a blunder– the George Bush invasion of Iraq