Sunni? Shia? All the same to a Maverick

mccain,  the self-proclaimed foreign policy expert, has confused sunnis and shias on at least seven occasions…

1) 2/28/08

“But Al Qaeda is there, they are functioning, they are supported in many times, in many ways by the Iranians.”

2) 3/17/08 on the howard hewitt radio show

“As you know, there are al Qaeda operatives that are taken back into Iran, given training as leaders, and they’re moving back into Iraq.”

3) 3/18/08:

Speaking to reporters in Amman, the Jordanian capital, McCain said he and two Senate colleagues traveling with him continue to be concerned about Iranian operatives “taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back.”

4) 3/18/08

Pressed to elaborate, 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, that’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.” A few moments later, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, standing just behind McCain, stepped forward and whispered in the presidential candidate’s ear. McCain then said: “I’m sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda.”

5) 3/19/08

“Al Qaeda and Shia extremists — with support from external powers such as Iran — are on the run but not defeated.”

6) 3/19/08

“Al Qaeda is military. Al Qaeda is killing Americans as we speak. Islamic extremists are being trained in Iran and they are being sent back into Iran, I mean into Iraq.”

7) 4/8/08

PETRAEUS: It is still a major threat, though it is certainly not as major a threat as it was say 15 months ago.

MCCAIN: Certainly not an obscure sect of the Shi’ites overall?


MCCAIN: Or Sunnis or anybody else.

did he just call al qaeda a “sect”??

mccain on these “gaffes”:

“I don’t claim that I won’t misspeak on occasion, but I will correct it immediately.”

“To think that I would have some lack of knowledge about Sunni and Shia after my eighth visit and my deep involvement in this issue is a bit ludicrous.”

stay tuned for the next oopsie.


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