McCain makes Iran gaffe

Republican presidential hopeful says Iran is funding and training al-Qaeda in Iraq.

    McCain was a strong supporter of the invasion of Iraq and last year's so-called troop surge [AFP]
    The Arizona senator visited Iraq and Israel, as well as Jordan, during his visit to the region which was officially made on Congressional business.

    Candidate judgement

    The Democrats were quick to jump on the mistake by McCain, a strong supporter of the 2003 invasion and last year's troop build-up in Iraq.

    "After eight years of the Bush administration's incompetence in Iraq, McCain's comments don't give the American people a reason to believe that he can be trusted to offer a clear way forward," Karen Finney, Democratic national committee communications director, said.

    Brian Rogers, McCain's spokesman, said that the Republican candidate "mis-spoke and immediately corrected himself".

    "Democrats have launched political attacks today because they know the American people have deep concerns about their candidates' judgment and readiness to lead as commander-in-chief," he said.

    After a visit Iraq on Monday, McCain said it would be a "mistake" to pull troops out of Iraq too quickly.

    "The victors in that would be the extremists, and America would lose its credibility," he said. "Al-Qaeda and the Iranian extremists would be the winners."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Pick your team and answer as many correct questions in three minutes.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Remembering Chernobyl

    Remembering Chernobyl

    The fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion remains as politicised as ever, 28 years on.