Double Talk Double Feature!

From The Caucus at The New York Times (March 18, 2008):

JERUSALEM — Senator John McCain’s trip overseas was supposed to highlight his foreign policy acumen, and his supporters hoped that it would showcase him as a statesman, allowing him to meet with world leaders as the Democrats squabble.

But all did not go according to plan on Tuesday in Amman, Jordan, when Mr. McCain, fresh from a visit to Iraq, misidentified some of the key players in the Iraq war.

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Mr. McCain said several times during his visit to Jordan – during a news conference and a radio interview — that he was concerned that Iran was training members of Al Qaeda in Iraq. The United States believes that Iran, a Shiite country, has been training and financing Shiite extremists in Iraq, but not Al Qaeda, which is a Sunni insurgent group.


It was not until he got a whispered correction from Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, who was traveling with Mr. McCain on the trip, which is a Congressional delegation, that Mr. McCain corrected himself.

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“I’m sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not Al Qaeda,” he said.


Mr. McCain made similar comments about Iran training Al Qaeda on Monday in an interview with the Hugh Hewitt Show, a radio program he called into from Amman. “As you know, there are Al Qaeda operatives that are taken back into Iran, given training as leaders, and they’re moving back into Iraq,’’ he said, according to a transcript posted on the show’s Web site.

From Think Progress:

In an interview yesterday with NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) dismissed criticism of his multiple false claims that Iranian operatives are “taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back” by claiming that he “corrected it immediately.” “I don’t claim that I won’t misspeak on occassion, but I will correct it immediately,” said McCain.

Asked if it’s “a fair question” to wonder if it was more than “simply a slip of a tongue,” McCain replied that “to think that I would have some lack of knowledge about Sunni and Shia after my eigth visit and my deep involvement in this issue is a bit ludicrous.”

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Just as McCain’s initial assertion about Iran training al Qaeda was false, his claim that he “corrected it immediately” is also false. In fact, McCain made the claim at least three times on two separate occasions. He corrected himself only after the third utterance when Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) whispered in his ear.


Making a false claim and then making it again is the opposite of the correcting it immediately. It’s also the opposite of “straight talk.”


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17 responses to “Double Talk Double Feature!

  1. Friend of the court

    McCain wants to bomb Iran. Al Qaeda is the enemy. Therefore, Iran is full of Al Qaeda. It’s simple.

  2. nonnie9999

    the trick, fotc, is to put as many scary words together in one sentence to scare people who don’t really pay a lot of attention. al qaeda, iran, iraq, saddam, bin laden, etc.. use them liberally (no reverse pun intended), and nobody will even notice if you mix up sunni and shia.

  3. Friend of the court

    McCain should not try too many tricks. I’m afraid that he might not have Chimpy’s sharp wit and cat like reflexes.

  4. nonnie9999

    😆 😆 😆
    and by catlike reflexes, you mean that they finally trained chimpy to poop in a box in the corner?

  5. Friend of the court

    Alas, I’m afraid that Chimpy still poops wherever the spirit moves him and uses the Constitution for a scratching post. Thankfully, after Jan. 20th, 2009, he will be an outdoor cat.

  6. nonnie9999

    well, fotc, chimpy gets confused. they keep locking him in the oval office and telling him to poop in the corner. then they walk away and giggle.

  7. nightowl724

    I’ve been occupied lately. Didja miss me?

    But, I gotta tell you two that I LOL reading these comments! (By the way, where IS gotta?)

    nonnie, this was a fine pair of posters!

  8. nonnie9999

    gotta mentioned this on dk, so i think it is okay to repeat it here. her sister had a double knee replacement surgery on monday, and gotta is keeping the homefires burning and taking care of her. i hope she will be back soon. i miss her. i have missed you, too, and even trm. i don’t know where our boy has been. he must need a hug by now.
    how is the bathroom coming along?

  9. nightowl724

    How sweet of gotta to help her sis!

    I’m NOT hugging TRM ever again, not since he said he tortured people and would do it again. I might be “nice,” but I’m not that “nice.” 🙂

    Your hits are still growing “mightily.” I wonder why so few people comment compared to how many read posts…

    What’s left is the finish work – trim, painting, reinsulating, etc. The question is when my dream team will be able to come back, especially after spending the last two weekends here. This is a holiday weekend, so nothing’s happening now. I’m impatient (and cold), because I will have lots to do when they are done. Everything’s a mess right now. You know how it is. You went through worse for longer!

  10. nonnie9999

    gotta takes care of people. that’s what she does.
    i hope that your bathroom gets done soon. the outlet in mine still doesn’t work, but my sister said not to call bathroom guy. she has a friend who is an electrician who is going to fix it for free, as well as do some other electrical work. now i have to save my pennies in order to start all the aggravation all over again when i update the kitchen. at my current rate of savings, i figure i can start in 2042. 😀

  11. nightowl724

    Actually, that’s a good idea! If you wait until 2042, your kitchen will be “retro” or “shabby chic.” Either way, it will be back in style. Then, you might only need to replace the appliances because the cabinets, lighting, and flooring will be valuable antiques.

  12. nonnie9999

    my kitchen is already shabby, but it’s never gonna be chic. it’s soooooo small. there is no counter space and no room to do anything. it gets so frustrating. plus, i think i might need a new fridge soon. it 18 years old, which really isn’t that old for a fridge, but it’s not keeping things very cold, especially in the freezer. i could have someone come out and see if it needs freon or something, but i really would rather get a new bigger one. so far, it still works, so i guess i will cross the bridge when the melted ice cream gets to it.

  13. nightowl724

    When I was looking for bathroom fixtures, I wandered into another department to drool over the latest kitchen and laundry appliances. You know, the ones we see in the HGTV “middle-class makeovers.” Can appliances be sexy?

    I swear that gleaming hunk of a stainless steel, 3-door refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom and $2500 price tag winked at me. One new-fangled stove with big burners and an integrated grill sang to vulnerable me with it’s best Barry White voice, “Ummm, come on over, girl.” Sensing my pent-up, indiscriminate hunger for ANY dishwasher, a set of those fancy dishwasher drawers tried to take advantage of me. Right there in the store! Seriously! And, that brazen duo of front-loaders dressed in red and flirting with me in the laundry section, well, if I wasn’t straight…

    Excuse me. I think I need a shower and a smoke…

  14. nonnie9999

    omg!! you just described my fantasy!!! the only problem is that, if i ever had all those appliances in my kitchen, there would be no room for me.

  15. nightowl724

    Me, too. That’s one of the reasons I don’t have a DW now. “Big kitchen envy.” Sigh…

    Maybe they should rename the Appliance Department to the Red Light District! To the French, “Oo-la-la!” To the Americans, “Pimp my kitchen!”

  16. nonnie9999

    kitchen porn!
    i have a dishwasher, and i never use it. it’s just another cabinet to keep the dishes and pots in that i don’t have room for anywhere else.

  17. nightowl724

    It’s the only kind of porn I can handle these days…

    I can’t imagine having a dishwasher and not using it! The not-many-enough years I had one spoiled me and dishes are quite hard for me to do now, so it’s even more appealing to me.