McCain: Sending Cigarettes to Iran One Way to Kill Them
By E&P Staff Published: July 08, 2008 11:20 PM ET
NEW YORK John McCain on Tuesday reacted to am Associated Press report of rising U.S. cigarette exports to Iran by saying that may be "a way of killing 'em."Although most in the media later portrayed this as a mere jest, Time magazine's Karen Tumulty, who was at the meeting with the press, observed that McCain only said he was joking after his wife nudged him.
The Reuters report noted: "McCain, known for acerbic comments and for sometimes firing verbally from the hip, was responding to a report that U.S. exports to Iran rose tenfold during President George W. Bush's term in office despite hostility between the two states.
A rise in cigarette sales was a big part of that, according to an Associated Press analysis of seven years of U.S. trade figures."'Maybe that's a way of killing 'em,' McCain said to reporters during a campaign stop in Pittsburgh. 'I meant that as a joke, as a person who hasn't had a cigarette in 28 years, 29 years,' he added, laughing."McCain once sang "Bomb bomb Iran" to the tune of the old Beach Boys classic, "Barbara Ann."
This joker wants to be president of the United States. There is so much that is wrong with what he said as well as the fact that he was very comfortable--even gleeful--in saying it.
We've already had one non-statesman and national embarrassment in the White House for almost 8 years. Who in their right mind would want this guy? What a sorry example of wise-guy, trigger-happy, kill 'em all and let god sort 'em out, juvenile idiocy.
Iran is a nation of 80 million people--more than twice the population of Iraq--and now, thanks to the inept Bush administration, Iran and Iraq share the same religion. A gift to the Iranian mullahs from George W. Bush.
Anyone joking about "killing them" needs some serious instruction on foreign policy.