John McCain attacked Barack Obamaâ€™s Iran and Iraq policies in his address to the AIPAC policy conference. McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, opened the American Israel Public Affairs Committee parley Monday morning with a speech emphasizing the closeness of the U.S.-Israel relationship. In promoting a policy of continued isolation of Iran until the country ends its suspected nuclear weapons program, the Arizona senator said that Obamaâ€™s proposal to meet with Iranian leaders is a â€œserious misreading of history.â€ McCain also attacked Senator Obama (D-Ill.), his likely Democratic opponent in November, for opposing a bill last year that would have designated the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist entity. â€œHolding Iranâ€™s influence in check, and holding a terrorist organization accountable, sends exactly the right message to Iran, to the region and to the world,â€ McCain told the crowd of 6,500, which gave him a standing ovation. McCain also said that maintaining force in Iraq was the key to containing Iranian influence and securing Israel. He was given another standing ovation after he said, â€œAllowing a potential terrorist sanctuary would profoundly affect the security of the United States, Israel and our other friends, and would invite further intervention from Iraqâ€™s neighbors, including an emboldened Iran. We must not let this happen.â€
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