I guess this is some of that "foreign affairs experience" we here so much about.
Last week, McCain was asked about an Associated Press report that the U.S. exported $158 million worth of cigarettes to Iran during the Bush administration in spite of restrictions on U.S. imports.
"Maybe that's a way of killing them," McCain said. He then said that he was joking.
Now this is just a WTF? moment.Â It's one thing when a candidate's advisors or spokespeople make ridiculous comments to reports.Â You can sort of let the candidate himself pass sometimes because you can't control what is going to come out of someone else's mouth.Â But you can...or shall I say should...control what comes out of your own.
Relations with Iran have not been this tense since the Iran Hostage fiasco.Â We are being told by the government this country is trying to build nukes.Â We have reason to believe Israel may be planning a pre-emptive strike that could drag us into yet another war.Â And then McCain jokes to a reporter that exporting cigarettes to Iran might be a way to kill them all off?
Now this is the thing...it would be one thing to make an off-color joke in the privacy of your home or with a group of friends.Â Hell, I have a somewhat morbid sense of humor.Â I've said similar things in private to groups of friends.Â But to say something like that to an ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTER, in direct response to a question regarding exporting goods to Iran, knowing full well it will be printed and reach the eyes of the Iranian government...
Â This is the experience of being in Washington 26 years?