McCain In The Dark Over Maliki's Actions: Yet Another Foreign Policy 'Gaffe'

(h/t Heather) For a man who predicates his whole candidacy on foreign policy and the Iraq war, he certainly doesn't have a clue what the Iraqi gover

(h/t Heather) For a man who predicates his whole candidacy on foreign policy and the Iraq war, he certainly doesn't have a clue what the Iraqi government is doing even after he went to Iraq and spoke with Maliki right before the Basra assault took place. How embarrassing for him.

McCain was asked if the Basra campaign had backfired, he said: “Apparently it was Sadr who asked for the ceasefire, declared a ceasefire. It wasn’t Maliki. Very rarely do I see the winning side declare a ceasefire. So we’ll see.’’

Olbermann fills in St. McCain (or should we call him McGaffe) on his newest Iraq blunder via McClatchy:

Keith: that Sadr had only called for the ceasefire after members of Maliki's government askedSadr to do so in a during a secret trip to meet with Sadr in Iran.---making McCain wrong about the facts on his signature issue, making Sadr not Maliki the victor in this conflict by McCain's own reasoning. And making Iran and not McCain and not the US the mediator of choice for Iraq's two top Shi'a factions. The Maliki government and the Sadrists.

And this is even worse news for Maliki's government:

Iraqi lawmakers traveled to the Iranian holy city of Qom over the weekend to win the support of the commander of Iran's Qods brigades in persuading Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr to order his followers to stop military operations, members of the Iraqi parliament said.

The Qom discussions may or may not bring an end to the fighting but they almost certainly have undermined Maliki - who made repeated declarations that there would be no negotiations and that he would treat as outlaws those who did not turn in their weapons for cash. The blow to his own credibility was worsened by the fact that members of his own party had helped organize the Iran initiative...

Read the whole article so you'll be more informed than McCain.


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