A story by the two reporters associating McCain with the dreaded "neocon" influence on his foreign policy, but took the time to recycle the recent bad reporting with respect to some supposed McCain gaffes:
In a trip to the Middle East last month, Mr. McCain made an embarrassing mistake when he said several times that he was concerned that Iran was training Al Qaeda in Iraq. (The United States believes that Iran, a Shiite country, has been training Shiite extremists in Iraq, but not Al Qaeda, a Sunni insurgent group.) He repeated the mistake on Tuesday at hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.Leaving aside the unsourced claim regarding the beliefs of the United States, McCain did what during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing????
Presumptive Republican John McCain gave the impression he was temporarily confused about al-Qaida in Iraq during his questioning of Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military official in Iraq, at a Senate hearing yesterday.The Bumiller/Rohter/Times gaffe is the greater of the two.
After asking Gen. Petraeus whether al-Qaida was still a major threat in the war-torn country, a question Gen. Petraeus answered with the explanation, "It is still a major threat, though it is certainly not as major a threat as it was, say, 15 month ago," Mr. McCain added, "Certainly not an obscure sect of the Shiites over all." Gen. Petraeus interjected a "no" and Mr. McCain quickly added "or the Sunnis or anybody else."
Why are you so angry, Bumiller?