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McCain accuses Obama of inexperience

May 20, 2008


— Republican John McCain accused Democrat Barack Obama of inexperience and reckless judgment for saying Iran does not pose the same serious threat to the United States as the Soviet Union did in its day. McCain made the attack Monday in Chicago, Obama's home turf.

"Such a statement betrays the depth of Senator Obama's inexperience and reckless judgment. These are very serious deficiencies for an American president to possess," McCain said at the restaurant industry's annual meeting.

He was referring to comments Obama made Sunday in Pendleton, Ore.: "Iran, Cuba, Venezuela - these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, 'We're going to wipe you off the planet."'

McCain listed the dangers he sees from Iran: It provides deadly explosive devices used to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq, sponsors terrorists in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East and is committed to the destruction of Israel.


beatrice 10 years ago

And Obama accused McCain of being up past his bedtime. Big deal.This is a non-story, a simple lob from McCain to see how Obama will respond. It is testing the waters from the people running McCain's campaign. McCain is falling behind at a time when he should be taking a lead. He can't stay in the spotlight, which is a clear sign that Obama is going to be our next President. If this truly makes people afraid of being attacked by Iran with their rocket (funny line, dirk!), there is still time to take George Bush's advice. Now is the time to wrap your house in plastic and duct tape. Why wait? Be sure to seal all the openings, and don't allow any more oxygen in ... ever.

beatrice 10 years ago

When you are as old as McCain, virtually everyone is "inexperienced" by comparison. Exactly what experience is required to be President? Since there is no specific list of experience requirements, how can we say who is and who isn't experienced. But let us consider the experience Obama doesn't have. Indeed, Obama has no experience getting chastised by Congress for trying to help lobbyists and being part of the Keating Five, no experience voting against the Martin Luther King Holiday, no experience sucking up to President Bush and supporting Bush's failed economic strategies, no experience ranking low in his college graduating class, no experience as an adulterer or with having multiple marriages, no experience flip-flopping on issues of tax breaks for the wealthiest of the wealthy, no experience supporting the complete failure known as the war in Iraq, and on and on and on. Yep, Obama doesn't have the experience of John McCain -- thank God. Obama will be our next President.

dirkleisure 10 years ago

There were 3 under Willie? They've happened every day for over five years under W. That's almost 2,000 for those of you scoring at home.Wait, wait, wait, I've got your response --- all 2,000 of those attacks were planned during the Clinton administration!So easy to quote - "the entire Arab world emboldened to kill Americansone by one." Apparently you've never heard of an IED. Either that or r_t doesn't consider the soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan to be "Americans."Ah, r_t. You are a fish in the barrel.

BigAl 10 years ago

"madmike (Anonymous) says: Negotiating with a dictator from a position of weakness certainly won't prevent one either. Obama and his advisors are willing to meet with Ahmennajad, Chavez and other despots with hat in hand, like Neville Chamberlain, ready to offer them anything in order to avoid a confrontation."*************Obama didn't say anything even close to this. This sounds like the talking heads from FOX news just putting their usual spin on a story. I don't know if talking with these guys is a good idea or not. I do know that what we've been doing for the past 8 years sure as hell hasn't worked. Obama couldn't gum it up any worse than where Bush has taken us.

dirkleisure 10 years ago

Is the conservative talking point seriously "negotiating from a position of weakness?"So, if Obama is elected the US will be "weaker" than Iran?Seriously, Iran? With its rocket?You people really do hate America, and it is sad. "Position of weakness," nice way to describe your country.One of you fools could be elected Prez, and the US still wouldn't be weaker than Iran. Both nations would be ruled by psychopathic dimwits, but it is pretty fair to say the US would not be the weaker of the two.Stop hating America.

BigAl 10 years ago

stuckinthemiddle. Thank you. Pat Buchanan says it much better than I could. And, Pat Buchanan is far from being left-wing.

acoupstick 10 years ago

"Rather than try to work things out, I tell him to spread vicious rumors about how the other kid lives an inferior lifestyle."Tell him to call the other kid a socialist. Everyone hates socialists, just look at France and Hugo Chavez!

ndmoderate 10 years ago

"since they edited a key statement out of the Richard Engel interview and told the whitehouse to jam it upon a request to divulge Bush's edited statement."Nice try, R_T. That is what Fox Noise will do to you. The entire interview has been on NBC's website, and they aired the clip in its entirety last night.And you know, that "key statement" did absolutely nothing to bolster the president's point.

Confrontation 10 years ago

Yes, because it's so much easier to prevent conflicts if we just insult other leaders and threaten them with our "super" powers.

yourworstnightmare 10 years ago

Obama is indeed a bit inexperienced in foreign policy. However, so is John McCain. Being held as a POW does not equate to foreign policy experience.Both McCain and Obama are senators, and they have the foreign policy experience that comes with being senators.What executive or diplomatic position has John McCain held. What foreign policy experience makes McCain more experienced than Obama.McCain is simply older and has been in the Senate for what, 30 years.McCain again is making silly attacks based on fear.

beatrice 10 years ago

rt, have you forgotten about the daily attacks against Americans in Iraq? Those don't count in your book? 4000 plus dead don't count in your book? You must really hate the troops and America.By the way, one successful Black man does not undo the racism still found in this country. But it won't hurt ... well, except the feelings of racists, like you.

BigAl 10 years ago

madmike says: "Do we really want a president who believes that Kennedy's failed negotiation with Khrushchev is an example that he wants to follow?"By the same token, do we really want a president that believes Bush's failed policies with basically the world is an example that he wants to follow?

Corey Williams 10 years ago

"So since May 2000, when GWB was still campaigning to blow John Kerry, self-proclaimed war hero and general tattle-tail, out of the freaking water in the GE, George Walker Bush has dictated 'failed policy'? Huh?"I thought Bush ran against Gore first. And I do think that Gore beat Bush in popular votes. Remember, Iran doesn't train al Quaida.And yes, since Bush took office he has consistently ruined foreign relations. Pulling us out of missile treaties, ignoring whatever actions Israel took, etc. He didn't even do a thing after he found out who was behind the USS Cole bombing.

KS 10 years ago

Barry Obama (as he was known in high school) scares the living daylights out of me. The last guy I would want to put in charge as commander in chief.

EXks 10 years ago

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Scott Drummond 10 years ago

Was it wrong of bush to negotiate with the North Koreans?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years ago

"Negotiating with a dictator from a position of weakness certainly won't prevent one either."Threatening to annihilate anyone you disagree with (along with anyone with in a few hundred miles of them,) from a position of arrogance and stupidity, has proven to be a disastrous foreign policy."Obama and his advisors are willing to meet with Ahmennajad, Chavez and other despots with hat in hand, like Neville Chamberlain, ready to offer them anything in order to avoid a confrontation."This is nothing but strawman argument at its lowest. Obama has suggested no such thing.

Mkh 10 years ago

Obama is inexperienced, especially in foreign policy. However his foreign policy advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski certainly is experienced. In fact, his book the Grand Chessboard was one of the major influences on the neo-cons' agenda at course McCain does have foreign policy experience...but he is still a moron. Which he displayed just a few weeks ago by claiming that Al-Qaeda and Iran were close allies...not understanding the difference between Sunni and Shiite.

BigAl 10 years ago

lucky_man, I agree that NBC is biased to the left. But, no more than FOX is biased towards the right. Most, if not all, of my news used to come from FOX. However, FOX has become so biased and "tabloid", I have been going to ABC and others.

oldvet 10 years ago

"Obama couldn't gum it up any worse than where Bush has taken us."Obama will make Jimmy Carter look like a pillar of strength in foreign policy... Obama will keep his campaign promises and pull the US troops out of the Middle East. Radical Islam will be dancing in the streets again. And then Obama will try to talk with Iran and convince them not to be a state sponsoring terrorism, to change their views on the destruction of Israel, and to stop their nuclear programs that can make weapons... and then they will be rolling in the streets laughing at him... Oh yes, the Great Hope!

EXks 10 years ago

John McCain aka John McBush, foreign policy experts LMAO!!

1029 10 years ago

Since when do people work out their differences through discussion? What an absolutely ridiculous idea. My kid had an argument with another kid at school and his stupid liberal teacher wanted them to talk it out. I tell my kid "you are better in God's eyes and thus you do not have to talk to anyone you are superior to".

dirkleisure 10 years ago

There is a notable difference between "Are you any safer now" and "You will die if you vote Democratic" or some other McCain-ized variation.Are you any safer now argues one candidate is better suited to handle the threat. It says both sides recognize the threat, but my side will do a better job handling the situation.You will die if you vote Democratic argues that only one party recognizes there is a threat. It says my side is the only side that is even aware of the threat, thus my way of handling the threat is the only alternative.So you see, the only people confused about "which one is it" are those who support the candidates and party clinging to the second line.

Corey Williams 10 years ago

"Oh really? And how many attacks have been launched against American targets since GWB was in office? One, seven months after taking the oatha plan that was concieved, planned and coordinated on Willy Clintons' watch.And how many were on Willy's watch? At least three I can think of without batting an eye."And seeing as how the first WTC attacks happened within the first two months of Clinton's first term...does that mean they were "concieved, planned and coordinated" on the George Herbert Walker Bush's watch? If an attack happens soon after the next president is sworn in, will that be "concieved, planned and coordinated" under George Walker Bush's watch? Can we blame him then?And by three, you must mean the embassies in Africa...maybe even the USS Cole, right? So the attacks against our allies in Spain and the UK don't count? Do you not like the coalition of the willing? "We'll see plenty of it when Barack Hussein Obama has the entire Arab world emboldened to kill Americansone by one."Because of course, if radical muslim terrorists tried to take over America, they could do it, right? Is that what you're trying to say? Or that they could just be "emboldened" to do it? It's far too easy to imagine you as just a troll and not really believing what you post. If you do believe what you post, then you are far too naive to watch Fox news on your own. And thanks, I'll take my kool-aid in cherry please.Oh, wait...that was one of those zany right wing zingers I've heard so much's nice to see you are original in your way of thinking.

stuckinthemiddle 10 years ago

none of the three major presidential candidates have any experiences that causes any kind of confidence that they are capable of doing anything particularly good for this country:but McCain has experiences that are just plain scary:I'm going to vote against the scariness:

stuckinthemiddle 10 years ago

and, for the record...the report from the combined 16 intelligence agency of the US government concluded that all evidence shows that Iran discontinued it's program for nuclear weapons in 2002...the Iraq study group, appointed by Bush and headed up by long-time Bush family friend, James Baker reported that one of the top priorities for the US to be successful in Iraq should be to enter into talks with Iran...the exact Farsi translation of the Ahmadinejad quote that the US media has played up as "wipe Israel off the map" is:"The regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the pages of time."for people who understand that words have meaning, the difference is distinct...

1029 10 years ago

Since when do people work out their differences through discussion? What an absolutely ridiculous idea. My kid had an argument with another kid at school and his stupid liberal teacher wanted them to talk it out. I tell my kid "you are better in God's eyes and thus you do not have to talk to anyone you are superior to". Rather than try to work things out, I tell him to spread vicious rumors about how the other kid lives an inferior lifestyle.

Corey Williams 10 years ago

"And yourbestwetmare, sweetie, why does Barack Hussein Obama in one breath say GWB is a fearmonger, then in the next, ask a crowdful of screaming, hysterical Obamaniacs "Are you any safer now".Is there something to be afraid of or not?Why does the left seem so gullible?"The difference is that the second time, Bush campaigned under the idea that if you didn't vote for him, you would die. No one else could keep you safe. But at the same time, his policies (maybe not his, that would be giving him too much credit) led to the creation of an al Quaida in Iraq where previously there wasn't. So yes, Bush is a fearmonger. He says if you don't vote republican there will be another attack. And no, we are not any safer now. Almost seven years after 9/11 and Bush has done little to protect America. Just made it harder for everyone to get on planes. Knowing this, then why do you feel that the left has a monopoly on gullibility? Seems like you should be in that crowd now.

BigDog 10 years ago

Has Obama beat Clinton in any key battleground state?

stuckinthemiddle 10 years ago

oldvetnot to defend Obama... but, what Iranian vew of the distruction of Israel are you talking about? and what nuclear programs that can make weapons?

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