Omid Memarian

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A McCain Gaffe in Jordan: Iranians are training Al-Qaeda

No comment on Senator McCain's remark on the relationship between Iran and Al-Qaeda! He is the man who more than everything else rely on his expertise over the national security issues, but at the same time make mistakes that seems ridiculous for people who just follow the news regularly....He should start reading "the Middle East for Dummies":
" AMMAN, Jordan -- Sen. John McCain, traveling in the Middle East to promote his foreign policy expertise, misidentified in remarks Tuesday which broad category of Iraqi extremists are allegedly receiving support from Iran.

He said several times that Iran, a predominately Shiite country, was supplying the mostly Sunni militant group, al-Qaeda. In fact, officials have said they believe Iran is helping Shiite extremists in Iraq.

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."

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." (Read the read of this peace on the WashPost blog)
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