This is as shocking a comment as can be from a US presidential candidate. John McCain is known to shoot from his hip… but this is nonsensical. What he is implying is that he will be happy to see Iranians killed or dead! Is he equating the Iranians with the Government of Iran?!! Do you think he will have any purchase or even moral right if tomorrow he goes to the Iranians to say how his heart beats for them… but he wants to flush out Ahmedinejad – a la Saddam? This is just unbelievably naive and stupid! Worse, he was joking about it!
McCain, known for acerbic comments and for sometimes firing verbally from the hip, was responding to a report that U.S. exports to Iran rose tenfold during President George W. Bush’s term in office despite hostility between the two states.
A rise in cigarette sales was a big part of that, according to an Associated Press analysis of seven years of U.S. trade figures.
“Maybe that’s a way of killing ’em,” McCain said to reporters during a campaign stop in Pittsburgh. “I meant that as a joke, as a person who hasn’t had a cigarette in 28 years, 29 years,” he added, laughing.
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