No need to be anybody but oneself. (only_more_love) wrote,
No need to be anybody but oneself.
only_more_love

  • Mood:

McCain Jokes About Killing Iranians With Cigarettes

This is an offensive and tasteless joke.  I expect better from a presidential candidate -- regardless of his or her party affiliation.  And we wonder why a big chunk of the world thinks Americans are arrogant, entitled, and uncouth. That's all I have to say.

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/washington/politics-usa-politics-mccain-iran.html?_r=3&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Filed at 8:27 p.m. ET

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Presidential candidate John McCain, who once sang in jest about bombing Iran, on Tuesday reacted to a report of rising U.S. cigarette exports to the country by saying it may be "a way of killing 'em."

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.

He declined further comment on the report.

At a campaign meeting in South Carolina last year the Arizona senator, asked if there is a plan to attack Iran, began his answer with a variation on the lyrics of a well-known pop song, Barbara Ann.

"You know that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran?" he said, then sang "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" before discussing what he considered Iran's serious threat to Israel and international security.

Tension is high between the two countries over Iran's nuclear program, which Washington says is aimed at making an atomic bomb but Tehran says is for generating energy. There has been media speculation of a possible U.S. or Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by David Storey)

Tags: politics, stupid comments
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 21 comments