McCain’s latest Iran ad


This ad is getting a lot of critical attention, but aside from the dumb music, it’s not really off the mark.



Of course we know the answer to its final question (Barack Obama is not about to sell out Israel to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) but his failure to explain why he said “I would” when asked if he would unconditionally meet the Iranian leader is what allows McCain to posit the question. Why can’t he explain that debate answer? Or just say he was wrong?

Also, it’s not out of place to raise Ahmadinejad’s conditions for engagement with the United States. (And yes, he’s not the “real” leader; and yet, the “real leaders” don’t seem to have much of a problem with his excesses.)

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