Mr. McCain said at a news conference in Amman that he continued to be concerned about Iranians â€œtaking Al Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back.â€ Asked about that statement, Mr. McCain said: â€œWell, itâ€™s 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. Thatâ€™s well known. And itâ€™s unfortunate.â€
It was not until he got a quiet word of correction in his ear from Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, who was traveling with Mr. McCain as part of a Congressional delegation on a nearly weeklong trip, that Mr. McCain corrected himself.
â€œIâ€™m sorry,â€ Mr. McCain said, â€œthe Iranians are training extremists, not Al Qaeda.â€
This exchangeÂ doesn’t give one any confidence that Mr. McCain, running for the highest office in the land, has any grasp ofÂ the basic factsÂ regarding the U.S. military presence in the Middle East (I refuse to call it a “war”).Â Â
Perhaps McCain should bone up on all of the previously-givenÂ false reasons for risking the lives of U.S. soldiersÂ in Iraq and Iran before giving any more press conferences.Â Â The Bush Administration has excelled at giving false reasons–there’s no reason to invent new ones:
1. WMD in Iraq (and now, allegedly, in Iran)
2. Saddam Hussein behind 9/11
3. Saddam Hussein connected with al Qaeda
4. Fighting terrorists there so we donâ€™t have to fight them here
5. Spread democracy
6. Saddam Hussein (and now, the President of Iran)Â was (is) a bad man.
7. Iraqi violations of UN Resolutions
8. The 1993 assassination attempt against GHW Bush
9. Defend Israel
10. Bad intel
[Thanks to Hughâ€™s Comprehensive Bush Scandal List for the above false reasons, the tip of the iceberg regarding Bush Administration scandals].