NEWS & ANALYSIS
McCain's Foreign Policy Judgment is Questionable
By Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent, CATO Institute,
Originally Published August 19, 2008
A major driving force of John McCain's campaign is
that he has more foreign affairs experience than Barrak
Obama. But just how much does McCain know about the
war in Iraq and foreign policies? Not a lot it seems.
He clearly missed the mark when he said that the war
in Iraq would be short-lived and an easy victory.
He also was wrong in saying US troops would be welcomed
with open arms as liberators.
McaCain also mixes up basic facts, such as the start
and triggers of the Sunni Awakening. During a trip
to Iraq this year, he mistakenly accused Iran of supporting
Sunni al-Qaeda, when in fact he should've said Shiite
extremists. He repeated this faux-paus during a Senate
hearing a few weeks later.
He also makes insensitive comments. His "100
years in Iraq" comments give credibility to radical
Islamic allegations that the U.S. is determined to
"undermine their civilizatrion and act as an
imperial hegemon in their region".
How can we trust a man to run the nation, when he
can not get the most basic facts straight?
McCain's Serious Foreign Policy Glenn Greenwald,
Salon.Com, August 26, 2008
McCain says he'll be "Hamas's worst nightmare",
and will "sit the Shiites and the Sunnis down
and say, 'stop the bullshit.'"
Does he really think the Israeli fight
againt Hamas is our fight too? Is there even a distinction
anymore? Is he delusional to think that ending
the Shiite/Sunni conflict is that simple?
Tested on Economy Sasha Issenberg, Boston Globe,
January 26, 2008
A presidential candidate that admits he is not well
versed in the economy. Is this a man to be trusted
during the worst economic meltdown since the Great
is Ready? Please. Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek, September
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