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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.
“Iâ€™m sorry,” Mr. McCain said, “the Iranians are training extremists, not Al Qaeda.” [source]
Maybe he was taken aback by the beautiful view of Amman from the Citadel? But a bold choice of location to declare his backing of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Meanwhile, Obama continues to disappoint me. In a 37 minute speech entitled A More Perfect Union yesterday – which has been getting rave reviews since – Obama sought to air out all the race issues that have surrounded his candiacy. Much of the speech was dedicated to addressing the issue of his ex-pastor Jeremiah Wright, over controversial statements he’s made over the year, that have garnered some fanfare recently in American media and on YouTube. I’m not entirely sure which statements Americans find controversial. There is one where Wright says 9/11 was a result of America’s foreign policy. If that’s controversial then I can see why Americans still don’t understand anything about the world they’ve sought to conquer. Another statement by Wright suggests that Zionism has an element of ‘white racism’, possibly in reference to Israel being a self-declared Jewish state.
Obama denounced his pastor and has kept his distance, but this speech was a way of putting it behind him.
Although I enjoyed the poetry of the first part of the speech, I was startled by the following statement, which I think elludes to they type of foreign policy we might come to expect from him when it comes to his adjusted world view on the Middle East conflict:
But the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren’t simply controversial. They weren’t simply a religious leader’s effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country – a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam. [source]
I understand the role radical Islam plays in this region, especially when we’re talking about Iraq, but I think by mentioning Israel, Obama is referring to Hamas and Hizballah. I am personally not a staunch supporter of either organization on either a religious or political level, however I do see them being largely different from groups like Al-Queda. But more importantly, his choice of language in that sentence is staggering. Terms like “rooted”, “stalwart allies”, “perverse and hateful ideologies”.
In a single statement, Obama manages to blame the roots of the Middle East conflict on radical Islam (as personified by Hamas and Hizballah in this context), while completely whitewashing any role a stalwart ally like Israel plays.
Only a Sith deals in absolutes, Lord Barack.
But even though the force is strong with him, I think he’s still generally young and malleable, so I officially invite Obama to Jordan so he can tour some of the Palestinian refugee camps. Then he can give a nice speech by the Citadel and tell us if he thinks those camps, with their tens of thousands of inhabitants, find their roots in the actions of Israel or emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.