As I was flying home from NYC’s great Jewlicious pow-wow, I watched on the JetBlue screens a new aspect to this race. Conventional wisdom has given McCain an edge in Foreign policy. He has traveled abroad. He is billed as having a lot of FP experience. He speaks Vietnamese I presume.
So it was with a mix of astonishment and amusement that I absorbed the strange comments of McCain, and later his spokesman when asked by an interviewer about if he would invite Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain to the White House.
During an interview in Miami earlier this week with Spanish-language station Union Radio, a reporter asked McCain whether, if elected, he would receive Zapatero in the White House. McCain answered, “Honestly, I have to analyze our relationships, situations and priorities, but I can assure you that I will establish closer relationships with our friends, and I will stand up to those who want to harm the United States.” (time.com)
In the quote he clearly thinks that Zapatero is from a country in Latin America with potentially hostile intentions against America. Now I now that Spain and the USA were competitors in the Olympic Basketball match-up. And there may be some bad blood out there because Spain pulled out of Iraq.
However, more likely it was that McCain got confused. Again.
Mr McCain’s foreign policy adviser, Randy Sheunemann, said that there was no doubt about the senator’s answers.
“The questioner asked several times about Senator McCain’s willingness to meet Zapatero, and identified him in the question, so there is no doubt Senator McCain knew exactly to whom the question referred,” he wrote in an email to the Washington Post.
“Senator McCain refused to commit to a White House meeting with President Zapatero in this interview,” he confirmed.
McCain is so tough that he will not only refuse to meet with enemy leaders, but he will also assume that all leaders have it out for America until shown otherwise.
And for the record, I thought of this title to the post BEFORE I saw Time had it.