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McCain Criticizes Obama for Stance on Iranian Revolutionary Guard

Updated 3:21 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
PITTSBURGH -- Sen. John McCain used the news of an Iranian missile test to criticize his Democratic rival, again charging that Barack Obama has failed to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group.

Speaking to a handful of reporters, McCain said that Obama had made the wrong decision in not voting for such a declaration.

"This is the same organization that I voted to condemn as a terrorist organization when an amendment was on the floor of the U.S. Senate," McCain said. "Sen. Obama refused to vote, called it provocative. Called it a provocative step. And the fact is, this is a terrorist organization and should have been branded as such."

McCain, however, also failed to vote last September on the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment, of which he was a co-sponsor, designating the IRG a terrorist group. It was not immediately clear if McCain was referring to a different amendment that he voted for and Obama did not; it was Kyl-Lieberman that Obama had labeled excessively provocative and failed to vote on.

Obama's campaign was quick to counter that, though the Illinois senator did not vote on Kyl-Lieberman Amendment, he had "cosponsored a bill that would designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization and authored a bill that would direct divestment from Iran," according to Obama campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan.

McCain repeated his call for tough new sanctions on Iran to be imposed by a coalition of Democracies, including the U.S. and Europe. "I am convinced that our European allies and friends are ready to impose significant, impactful and meaningful sanctions on the Iranians, especially financial, including trade," he said.

Asked about Obama's comments that the missile test represented a failure of diplomacy, McCain said that effective diplomacy has already been tried, with little success.

"Channels of communication have been open and they will remain open. But the time has come for effective sanctions on Iran," he said.

"Lines of communication are fine. Action is what's necessary."

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Threaten to take away their Arugula and teach them French. That ought to do it.

Posted by: Jaycee | July 10, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

You know...McCain has moved from Alzheimers moments to out and out lies. It's like he's living in Bushs alternate reality! I guess if you don't have the smarts to win you try slime. It's a shame to see that McCain sacrificed his honor for the GOP nomination.

Posted by: JDB | July 9, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Great leaders, especially one who has seen the evil and ravages of war first hand, generally regard war only as a very last option after all else has failed and not as a first resort. But, McCain is determined not to be confused with someone with the potential to be a great leader but rather as a warmonger. Despite his denial, He relentlessly continues down the path to a third term of George Bush's presidency - One of the worst presidents in recent times.

As John Pike, the director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense, security and space intelligence consultancy, had to say on another website on the issue with Iran. "Bombing is either going to be the last thing Mr. Bush does or the first thing Mr. McCain does."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

What I like about Chris-bama is that I can read the news and Obama propaganda in the same website. Seriously, if WaPo wants to give an obvious proponent for a Obama a publicity blog, couldn't they at least bring in one from the McCain side as well?

Posted by: guido | July 9, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, given the track record, if I found myself like Iran with American troops on either side and Israel rattling its saber I would probably want some missiles and bombs for self-protection...

Posted by: RB | July 9, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Sandy--your going to vote for someone based upon how they look. John McCain is not as a good looking as Senator Obama so your going to vote for Obama. No offense, but what kind of dumb voter are you? I heard Castro is a very charismatic man too. Does that mean he would be worthy many to campaign for. Your a type of vote that should't vote. If you look at a leadership roles and accomplishments their is no comparison between the two candidates. I hope people truly move on from their partisan bickering and elect a qualified man to run the biggest military and economy in the world. That's a lot of responsibility for a freshman senator.

Posted by: Ben | July 9, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain's comment about Iranians and cigarettes is unfair to the great mass of Iranians who are mostly pro-American. It's not their fault-or is it?-that they're in the grip of a fascist theocracy.
This all part of McCain re-shaping his campaign. He hasn't been the maverick that everyone recognizes lately and the campaign wants to move him back towards being the guy who speaks his mind come hell or high water. Mavericks don't always please everyone.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | July 9, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain's comment about Iranians and cigarettes is unfair to the great mass of Iranians who are mostly pro-American. It's not their fault-or is it?-that they're in the grip of fascist theocrcy.
This all part of McCain re-shaping his campaign. He hasn't been the maverick that everyone recognizes lately and the campaign wants to move him back towards being the guy who speaks his mind come hell or high water. Mavericks don't always please everyone.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | July 9, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The Iranian National Guard is simply a Persian version of the SS. It is used to terrorize Iranians and is certainly behind much of the terrorism in Iraq where they initiate attacks on American troops. It funds and suports both Hezbolla and Hamas.
Of course it's a terrorist organization.
Obama's disinclination to label it a terrorist organization has been motivated during the primary season by a desire to keep the support of looney-left organizations like moveon.org.
Now that the nomination is within his grasp we will no doubt see yet another amazing u-turn. Obama's policy positions come and go depending on the wind.
It's not that he's a flip-flopper,he just recognizes that the most important thing is to further his candidacy and to that end he has an opinion for every audience.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | July 9, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Michael Luo said...
"Speaking of democracy, in 1951, the Iranians democratically elected Mohammed Mosaddeq, a European-educated man, to be Prime Minister. Sadly, he was overthrown in 1953 by a coup backed by, you guessed it, the American CIA. We squashed Iran's best chance for democracy in favor of a dictatorial Shah. How's that for spreading democracy to the Middle East..."
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I'm glad to see at least one person bothers to learn history of U.S. relationship with Iran. One of the crucial points you left out, Michael, is the primary reason for U.S. staged coup and installation the U.S. backed Shah of Iran. That reason was plain and simple...Iran was about to nationalize their OIL production. The British and American companies in Iran could not stand for this, hence the overthrow of Iran's democracy.
None of the current Iraq, Iran warring is is about the noble goal democracy either. It's always about OIL and ALMIGHTY CAPITALIST PROFITS. (Read Harold Meyerson's column about Vietnam.)

Posted by: Joyce | July 9, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

The Iranian National Guard is simply a Persian version of the SS. It is used to terrorize Iranians and is certainly behind much of the terrorism in Iraq where they initiate attacks on American troops. It funds and suports both Hezbolla and Hamas.
Of course it's a terrorist organization.
Obama's disinclination to label it a terrorist organization has been motivated during the primary season by a desire to keep the support of looney-left organizations like moveon.org.
Now that the nomination is within his grasp we will no doubt see yet another amazing u-turn. Obama's policy positions come and go depending on the wind.
It's not that he's a flip-flopper,he just recognizes that the most important thing is to further his candidacy and to that end he has an opinion for every audience.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | July 9, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain's friends in the military-industrial complex will get a lot richer through no-bid missile-shield contracts. What a coincidence that all on the same day:
a) Iran announced that it tested missiles
b) Bush signed a missile shield-related agreement with Prague
c) McCain declared the need for a European missile shield
d) the price of oil went up and the stock market tanked
Iran's announcement sure helped the GOP and the oil industry in one fell swoop. Makes you wonder ...

Posted by: barbara | July 9, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

HOW CAN WE TRUST HIM WHEN HE ADMITS HE'S A LIAR. JUDGE FOR YOURSELF:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=u-R5Vh5tOWk

http://youtube.com/watch?v=u-R5Vh5tOWk

Posted by: JESSIE | July 9, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

COMMENTING TO YOUR STORY WHEN MCCAIN LIES ABOUT OBAMA VOTING RECORD OR STATES THINGS THAT HE HASN'T DONE OR JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT HE TALKING ABOUT. IS IT SAFE TO CALL HIM A LIAR? JUST LIKE IS NEW AD, WHICH ARE A BUNCH OF LIES? IS HE LYING OR DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT. MCCAIN MAKES ALLOT OF GAFFES AND MISTAKES AND THE MEDIA CONTINUES TO GIVE HIM A FREE PASS. YOU WOULD THINK MCCAIN WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER CANDIDATE SINCE HE'S HAD PRACTICE. NOW I SEE WHY HE LOST TO BUSH IN 2000 BECAUSE HE'S A BIGGER LOSER.

Posted by: MARCIA | July 9, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

After the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, there was a group of insurgents called the mujahedin that included one Osama bin Laden, that was funded (and perhaps trained) by a foreign government. During the Iran-Iraq War, Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapon using government was backed by the same country.

A country called the United States of America.

Now I'm not saying that we shouldn't take a strong stance against Iran, or that the Revolutionary Guards do not fund groups such as Hezbollah, I'm saying that we need to examine our own record before we claim the right to judge other countries. If the Revolutionary Guards are a terrorist organization, then the CIA most definitely is too.

Obama has a point that the move is merely provocative and we know this administration likes nothing more than driving the country into wars with Islamic nations it doesn't like.

Anyone who says that Obama is simply waffling his position, I challenge you to tell me what political ground Obama wins by opposing the condemnation of Iran. He will gain the votes of those who support the regime. Last time I checked there weren't that many of those people in the US.

What had the Iranians done to us back in 2002 to merit being placed in the Axis of Evil? Iran was a key ally in the fight against the Taliban, they had supported the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance for many years and provided American forces with key assistance in Afghanistan. At that time, Iran's president was the reformist Mohammad Khatami, who attempted to put Iran on the path back toward democracy and an open society. As many Americans are ignorant of, Iran is a non-Arab, non-Arabic speaking nation with a unique culture and history that goes back millenia. It also has a population that is eager for democracy and clamoring to join the Western World, which alas, its theocratic leaders do not want. Speaking of democracy, in 1951, the Iranians democratically elected Mohammed Mosaddeq, a European-educated man, to be Prime Minister. Sadly, he was overthrown in 1953 by a coup backed by, you guessed it, the American CIA. We squashed Iran's best chance for democracy in favor of a dictatorial Shah. How's that for spreading democracy to the Middle East...

To compound the nonsense, we recently removed North Korea, a nation with known nuclear weapons, from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. First of all, NK poses far more of a threat to the US than Iran ever did. To start, it actually has tested nuclear weapons, unlike Iran. It does not have an educated population and active dissidents like Iran does. It's led by one crazed man instead of by Iran's complex hierarchy of leaders. Under the Clinton administration, we had been talking to the North Koreans (albeit not very successfully). When Bush came around, we stopped, and they were free to develop their nukes. But even Bush was convinced to talk and with smart diplomacy on the part of the State department, we managed to get the North Koreans to negotiate. Note that by this time, we had already given the North Koreans enough time to develop long-ranged missiles and nuclear weapons. John McCain has repeatedly endorsed the Bush strategy of hostile posturing instead of smart diplomacy. The Bush administration itself has reluctantly showed us that diplomacy does work, even if it still refuses to acknowledge it. Threats mean nothing unless we actually invade enemy nations, which is a last resort if diplomacy has failed.

And if we can just remove a country from the terrorist sponsors list because they decided to talk to us, what's the point of the list? Kim Jong-Il couldn't care less about whether he's on the list, and putting Iran on the list will just aggravated Muslim countries into more anti-American hatred. Nelson Mandela and his ANC were labeled as terrorists until just recently. I challenge supporters of McCain's position to tell me what the labeling of groups as terrorists actually does.

Posted by: Michael Luo | July 9, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The names are made up anyway. Plus if you post under a name someone will impersonate you. I just read the posts and judge the content, I don't care who wrote it. Also in no time the whole thread is gone forever so who really cares. So your name is Dan, is that supposed to mean something to me.

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I like the cowards who can't bother to put a name in when they go about making up lies and bashing Obama left and right.

You afraid of us knowing which retard troll you are?

Posted by: My name is Dan | July 9, 2008 5:47 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I like the cowards who can't bother to put a name in when they go about making up lies and bashing Obama left and right.

You afraid of us knowing which retard troll you are?

Posted by: My name is Dan | July 9, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't know how to deal with terrorism. Terrorism is a fact of life in today's world. We need a president that is up for the job, not someone that is indecisive and needs on the job training. Iran will walk all over Obama.

Posted by: Josh | July 9, 2008 2:46 PM


WcCain doesn't know the difference between al-qaeda, Iran, sunnis and shiites.

Pretty damn important info to be confused about don't you think?

Posted by: dan | July 9, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

The IRG is not a terrorist organization, and it never will be. It's impossible for an official entity of any government to be a terrorist organization. By definition, terrorists are non-state actors. Apparently, McBush doesn't own a dictionary.

Posted by: Bob | July 9, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

You just have to love those Iranians,they are more fun than a barrel full of constipated Zionists.Ho Ho Ho Chi Bin.

Posted by: hamaser | July 9, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I am a big Obama supporter. I like the guy and have contributed to his campaign. That does not mean he will be as good as I hope, you just don't know. I have met him, we talked for a while and I liked what I saw. I believe he will be good and has the potential to be great.

Here is the bottom line, you can always vote him out in four years. The alternative is John Mccain who I have also met and talked with. I truly believe Mccain is a monster. That is a strong thing to say but let me tell you, the damage he could do to our country could be irreversible in our life times if at all. He is dangerous. Just spend 15 minutes with him and you would never vote for the man.

You shake hands with him and look into his face, and your only thought is, you have to do whatever it takes to be sure he is never elected. I don't possess the vocabulary to express just how detestable the man is. Next month and till the election I am putting all business obligations on hold to work for Obama that is how strongly I feel about it. I have never done this before in my adult life, but I believe it is this important.

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Can we really trust Mr. Obama? I mean he has already reversed his position on the Iraq timeline and campaign financing. This guy is a slippery one....

Posted by: Sandy | July 9, 2008 4:14 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain is drinking too many fear cocktails made by Cheney and Rove so he is sounding a lot like George W Bush as a lying scaremeister. And sometimes it sounds like he's channeling the late General Curtis LeMay, the Wallace running mate in 1968 who is often cited as the basis for the fictional Doctor Strangelove. He's known for being mad and apparently has no qualms about bombing. And being 4th from the bottom of his Annapolis class isn't comforting either but probably a reflection of his being a rerun of GWB.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | July 9, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

mccain is always blaming obama for everything, now if i look at it mccain is the one who is changing his message all the time and the media is always attacking obama, this media has taken us to war by listening to what bush told them, the problem is we dont have smart journalist anymore in this country they are just following gotcha moments just today this morning instead of focusing on iran these tv shows were asking obama about his kids being on access oh please god forbid

Posted by: tabs | July 9, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

The Iranian National Guard can do all the heroin from Afganistan as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by: 761-091 | July 9, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Has not changed his position one inch, we are still getting out. would say after he meets with the generals and they are allowed to tell what they really think without it being filtered through the current administration you will hear something quite different from what Bush and Mccain try to portray them as saying. I bet they tell Obama we need to get out as soon and as safely as possible. They have not even been given what they needed to fight the war. Obama is going to get an ear full for sure and it won't be good. He will be even more committed to get us out as soon as possible. Maybe even quicker then originally discussed. The soldiers have done a good considering, but the job it is a pointless one and not worth another american life.

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Obamas standpoints on the war in Iraq are changeing from stagetic reasons only. During the primaries he promised to leave Iraq if he will be elected President. Than his only focus was to gain support to be able to win the Democratic nomination. It´s quite clear. Today he says something else! Thus he is a fraud. Where is Hillary Clinton?

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Obamas standpoints on the war in Iraq are changeing from stagetic reasons only. During the primaries he promised to leave Iraq if he will be elected President. Than his only focus was to gain support to be able to win the Democratic nomination. It´s quite clear. Today he says something else! Thus he is a fraud. Where is Hillary Clinton?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Reality check Drunk drivers kill tens of thousands of people every year in our country. 225,000 people die every year due to some form of medical malpractice. Flu alone results in 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations each year. In addition to this human toll, influenza is annually responsible for a total cost of over $10 billion in the U.S.

So what is my point? My point is, terrorism is a boogie man, on the scale of the things that threaten the America people, terrorists are far down the list. We need to put this in perspective and learn to live with it. No one and I mean no one, has prevented terrorists attacks in the US. If a terrorists want to blow up a shopping center here he can do it. Wants to kill a bus load of kids, no problem. Do a little sniping, knock yourself out, it's easy.

Lets face it, terrorism is easy. We don't have terrorism because they don't want to. The only way to defeat a terrorist is to make him not want to do the act. 9-11 was the act of a very few with very limited resources and they infect changed the world. Not so much because of what they did, but how we reacted. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, this tiny hand full of people.

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Obama doesn't know how to deal with terrorism. Terrorism is a fact of life in today's world. We need a president that is up for the job, not someone that is indecisive and needs on the job training. Iran will walk all over Obama.

Posted by: Josh | July 9, 2008 2:46 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"Tough talking with forces to back it up" led us to 5 years of war and 4000 dead young Americans. Still no bin laden!

We are in desperate need for a REAL third party that has some intelligence (missing in rat wing) and some backbones (missing in lag wing). The former leads us to a barbaric bible hugging, gun kissing hypocritical world's laughing stock hick town, and the latter bends over and lets them. Government will not pay attention to its people unless we tell it ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Nader is not connected to either establishment, so he's not afraid of taking a stand on people's behalf. He's a consumer advocate first and foremost--that means he's on OUR side, not the big corporate interests like the other 2. It's the ONLY way to take back the government. WWW.VOTENADER.ORG. It's time for a REAL change.

Posted by: Maddi | July 9, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Can we really trust Mr. Obama? I mean he has already reversed his position on the Iraq timeline and campaign financing. This guy is a slippery one....

Posted by: Sandy | July 9, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Daddio on the Paddio

"Iran is a sovereign state, and as such, can test missiles, plan nuclear weapons, and pretty much do anything they want to do... legitimately and legally."

Stick your head in the sand much? You make me want to vomit you yellow bellied milquetoast. Why if I were still alive I'd throttle you back into reality with a good pummeling about the head and shoulders in front of every good citizen present.

Posted by: T. Roosevelt | July 9, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I would say Mccain is in some early stages of Alzheimers. You never see him use a Teleprompter if he can help it. He likes to just talk because in a general conversation it is easy to disguise a problem. No one really notices a few stammers or pauses as you form your thoughts and cover it up with gestures. The written word is one of the things that gives a person with Alzheimers problems and if they have to read aloud it is very noticeable.

I would say if you put together a panel of experts and let them examine a few hours of Mccain speaking moving around, especially if they are given examples from just a few years ago. They would be unanimous he is in the early stages of some sort of dementia or Alzheimers. One of my tenants who works with Alzheimers suffers said he has all the signs. She by the way can't stand Obama so what she is saying has nothing to do with a political bias.

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Face the facts:

1) McCain can't keep straight in his head the associations between Shias, Sunnis, Iran, Iraq and Al Qaeda.

which leads to the inevitable conclusion that,

2) He is not fit to be President of the Unites States.

He's 71 and his congnitive abilities, mediocre and sketchy as they are, are only going to continue to erode.

Reagan probably had the early stages of Alzheimers when he was President, which is the only reason he could 'truthfully' answer the questions about the Iran/Contra/Crack scandal "I don't recall."

When he talks about exporting cigarettes to kill Iranians, do you think that makes America safer? I'm sure it's broadcast on Arab media and helps Al Qaeda recruit people to want to kill us.

We are playing for keeps here, people. McCain isn't running for the President of a Frat House. And he should never have won his party's nomination. The man is out of his depth.
Posted by: JR, Boston | July 9, 2008 1:35 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The Bush-McCain position on VA services and the prolongation of the ruinous war in Iraq is absolutely shameful.

Posted by: Old white vet | July 9, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Iran is a sovereign state, and as such, can test missiles, plan nuclear weapons, and pretty much do anything they want to do... legitimately and legally. They are not our 51st state or territory.

Diplomacy comes into play to make sure whatever they do stays inside their borders. If we knee-jerk react to Iran's legitimate flexing of their muscles - we are the fools. John McCain is a fool and a dangerous man - not Presidential material. He is old and slow, mentally and physically. We need someone fast and smart to help guide us through they upcoming few years.

GO OBAMA. Kick the old geezer's butt.

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | July 9, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I guess McCain thought his joke about killing Iranians with cigarettes was very funny too. Making such a bad joke, McCain has lost all right to criticize Obama on Iran.

Posted by: Playa | July 9, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible that if Gore raher than Bush were president in the months prior to 9-11, it might not have happened - for several reasons, starting with the fact that Gore reads reports and asks questions (vs Bush who does not read NIE's very closely,if at all - and missed the information about a possible impending terrorist attack in the August 2001 NIE) and ending with the fact that a less beligerent Administration might not have been on the attack list?

I think we know which of the Presedential candidates reads and learns quickly(Obama) and which one does not read very closely and does not learn from the past.

Posted by: m41 | July 9, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain idea of a joke is send cigarette to Iran so we can kill them. It might or might not be a joke if he said Republican Guard but the Iranian people are not our enemy or is the McCain position the only good muslim is a dead muslim, children and infants included.

Obama was against the Lieberman-Kyle resolution because who the persident and vice-president are. They went to war unprepared and then Rumsfeld defended it with you fight with the army you have not the one you'd like to have. To have vote for that resolution proves that you won't stand up to the most inept president in the past hundred years.

Competent people can not tolerate incompetence, incompetent people become annoyed with competency.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 9, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible that if Gore raher than Bush were president in the months prior to 9-11, it might not have happened - for several reasons, starting with the fact that Gore reads reports and asks questions (vs Bush who does not read NIE's very closely,if at all - and missed the information about a possible impending terrorist attack in the August 2001 NIE) and ending with the fact that a less beligerent Administration might not have been on the attack list?

I think we know which of the Presedential candidates reads and learns quickly(Obama) and which one does not read very closely and does not learn from the past.

Posted by: m41 | July 9, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

It is quite deceiving for McCain to claim that "channels of communication have been open and will remain open." There have been missed opportunities to take advantage of Iran's willingness to negotiate with the U.S. in the past 20 years. Also, McCain joined the conservative attack of Obama during the early primary season for his position on nogotiating/diplomacy with hostile nations (namely Iran). Right, McCain really supports "open communications" with Iran. And Obama was right to call the branding of the Rev. Gaurd as a terrorist group provocative. What is the point? Where's the benefit or necessity? I'm pretty sure our intelligence and defense services will continue to function in the same manner either way. Any public condemnation or attatck of Iran is just soon-to-be fodder for Iranin claims that they are acting to protect their interest against the west. Much as the Bush Admin.'s "war on terror" serves as a recruiting tool for al quaeda.

Posted by: ptap | July 9, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Face it, Obama wouldn't know what the Iranian National Guard looked like even if came up and bit him on the a55.

Posted by: 761-091

You mean Obama is like McCain who can't distinguish between insurgents and al-Qaeda and repeats the mistake several times. If your right Obama would learn the first time because he is not a plodding oaf.

Posted by: 761-092 | July 9, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't know how to deal with terrorism. Terrorism is a fact of life in today's world. We need a president that is up for the job, not someone that is indecisive and needs on the job training. Iran will walk all over Obama.

Posted by: Josh | July 9, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is a terrorist to McCain, even the poor kid without health insurance.

Time for a different approach before we ignite the world in another war of conquest.

McBush is simply to radical for the world of today.

Posted by: Maddogg | July 9, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Face it, Obama wouldn't know what the Iranian National Guard looked like even if came up and bit him on the a55.

Posted by: 761-091 | July 9, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama CO-SPONSORED a bill that would have labeled the Iran Revolutionary Guard as terrorist well before the current bill was passed (his bill did not make it to the floor). His objection to the current bill was not b/c it labeled them as a terrorist group (which should be ostensible from the previous sentence). It was b/c he objected to the language in there that (according to factcheck.org) expressed the sense that it is "a critical national interest" to prevent Iran from "turning Shi'a militia extremists in Iraq into a Hezbollah-like force." Obama is on record stating that his objection was b/c he felt that Bush would use this language as a way to circumvent the constitution and attack Iran, and with Bush's record on circumventing the Constitution, I can see why he will feel that way.

Here is factchecker.org's take on the issue

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/soft_on_iran.html

Posted by: Lets set the record str8! | July 9, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

If you were Iran, what would you do? The United States invaded Iraq without provocation, WITHOUT PROVOCATION. If you want to prevent John McCain and the US government from attacking you, you go nuclear, what ever it takes. The Iraq War was a colossal blunder on so many fronts. So, the question again, if you are Iran, what would you do? I'd bet you'd do the same.

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | July 9, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

JR of Boston...you have it right.

McCain is not fit to be President. The evidence is there but the media is scared to discuss it. McCain is the same guy who was supposedly "joking" when he sanged "BOMB-BOMB-BOMB, BOMB-BOMB IRAN!" last year. McCain is the same guy who is so confused he doesn't understand or care to understand the difference between Sunni and Shia. According to McCain there are all training to be terrorists. And now McCain's latest "joke" is that America's exportation of cigarettes to Iran is meant to "kill Iranians".

Americans who support or are thinking about supporting McCain better wake up and QUICK! As President, McCain will attack Iran and unleash World War III.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 9, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The ANC in South Africa and Mandella were 'terrorist' groups. It sure is easy and simplistic to label people up front one way and then spend years dealing with the label instead of the reality. Remember the 'axis of evil'? That worked out great. N. Korea ate Bush's lunch, Iraq is a billion dollar distraction from the 'war on terror' that's costing thousand of lives. And Iran is more powerful then ever. Yeah, great strategy. Bluster, name-calling and aggression. Get these Republicans out of power before they really screw things up!

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 9, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Face the facts:

1) McCain can't keep straight in his head the associations between Shias, Sunnis, Iran, Iraq and Al Qaeda.

which leads to the inevitable conclusion that,

2) He is not fit to be President of the Unites States.

He's 71 and his congnitive abilities, mediocre and sketchy as they are, are only going to continue to erode.

Reagan probably had the early stages of Alzheimers when he was President, which is the only reason he could 'truthfully' answer the questions about the Iran/Contra/Crack scandal "I don't recall."

When he talks about exporting cigarettes to kill Iranians, do you think that makes America safer? I'm sure it's broadcast on Arab media and helps Al Qaeda recruit people to want to kill us.

We are playing for keeps here, people. McCain isn't running for the President of a Frat House. And he should never have won his party's nomination. The man is out of his depth.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 9, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Face it, Obama was against the revolutionary guard before he was for it.

He conveniently missed the vote so later he could waffle.

Posted by: Tonya | July 9, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it, Mccain would like to see anyone dead he doesn't agree with. He would exterminate a whole populous if he could. He is almost Hitler like as you listen to him, his choice of words and so on. He is an extremely dangerous man and not one who should be in any kind of power.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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