During yesterday's press conference in Jordan, John McCain repeatedly said that Iran is supplying al Qaeda. McCain asserted that Iranian operatives are "taking al Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back." Problem is, the Sunni-dominated al Qaeda does not receive any help from Iran, a predominately Shiite country.
If your read the Wall Street Journal or the Washington Post, you probably haven't heard about this. If you watch Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, you saw the video at least four times on last night's program. In the video, McCain finally corrected himself, after Senator Joe Lieberman whispered something in his ear.
This misstatement may reveal the tendency of certain politicians to generously invoke al Qaeda as a way to conjure up national-security fear. If Americans and their politicians had a more sophisticated, or at least accurate, understanding of the situation in the Middle East, would we be better prepared to face threats at home and abroad?
Should McCain be given the benefit of the doubt, since international intelligence might be more complicated than we know? Or, do his misstatements make you question if he is ready to be commander in chief?