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Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Dream Team: McCain and Palin on Foreign Policy

And here I thought I just had to worry about Palin not knowing anything about foreign policy. John McCain, in a recent interview, appeared to have either refused to meet with the President of Spain or to not know who he was (or that Spain was actually in Europe for that matter). (And no, that's not a picture of Mr. Bean over there. That's Spain's President). From the Huffington Post:

Late Wednesday night, news made its way from the other side of the Atlantic that John McCain, in an interview with a Spanish outlet, had made a series of bizarre responses to a question regarding that country's prime minister.

"Would you be willing to meet with the head of our government, Mr. Zapatero?" the questioner asked, in an exchange now being reported by several Spanish outlets.

McCain proceeded to launch into what appeared to be a boilerplate declaration about Mexico and Latin America -- but not Spain -- pressing the need to stand up to world leaders who want to harm America.

"I will meet with those leaders who are our friends and who want to work with us cooperatively," according to one translation. The reporter repeated the question two more times, apparently trying to clarify, but McCain referred again to Latin America.

Finally, the questioner said, "Okay, but I'm talking about Europe - the president of Spain, would you meet with him?" The Senator offered only a slight variance to his initial comment. "I will reunite with any leader that has the same principles and philosophy that we do: human rights, democracy, and liberty. And I will confront those that don't [have them]."

The implication seemed fairly clear: McCain was refusing to commit to meet with Zapatero, the "socialist" party leader, whose country is a member of NATO and intricately involved in many of America's global financial and national security objectives.

read more. Maybe McCain's still mad about the Spanish Basketball Team's Olympic team photo.

Update: Yep, he hates Spain.

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