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Published:March 23rd, 2008 08:30 EST
John McCain's Sunni, Shiite Gaffe

John McCain's Sunni, Shiite Gaffe

By Robert Paul Reyes

We`ve all been part of family gatherings where the 70-something grandpa is the center of attention, and he thanks everyone for celebrating his wedding anniversary. A family member standing next to pops whispers in his ear: Gramps we are celebrating your birthday.

This week John McCain, 71, went to the Middle East on the public`s dime in a transparent effort to appear presidential.

From AFP:

"McCain made the gaffe right in the middle of an official visit in the Middle East that was supposed to highlight his knowledge in foreign affairs.

`It`s common knowledge and has been reported in the media that Al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq. That`s well known,` the Vietnam war veteran said.

Pressed by reporters about his allegations, McCain said: `We continue to be concerned about the Iranians taking Al-Qaeda into Iran and training them and sending them back.`

It was only after fellow Senator Joe Lieberman, who was traveling with him, whispered into his ear that McCain corrected himself.

`I am sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not Al-Qaeda, not Al-Qaeda, I am sorry,` McCain said."

Iran, a predominantly Shiite nation, would never consider training Sunni insurgents. McCain who didn`t seem to know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites reminds me of a loveable grandpa who doesn`t know the difference between a frying pan and a bed pan.

Instead of accomplishing his purpose of looking like a commander-in-chief, McCain looked like a resident of a nursing home.

If Hillary Clinton, who has no realistic chance of securing the Democratic nomination, doesn`t drop out real soon, Barack Obama the eventual Democratic nominee will be so damaged that he might lose to an old coot who thinks it`s the alarm going off when the red phone rings