Sunday, August 24, 2008

McCain cites urban legend as evidence of Al Qaeda evil

Nothing annoys me more than someone using debunked, false, misleading, distorted information to support a position. And who decides to do this with a straight face, but John McCain. You know, we really should require our officials to not only be honest but to be well-informed on what they are talking about. McCain just falls down again with this gaffe showing how he is not only out of touch on the economy, but also on foreign policy -- a supposed strong point of his.

I was reminded of a great quote recently from Daniel Patrick Moynihan, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts."

Ben Smith's Blog: McCain cites questionable story on 'evil' -
"Not long ago in Baghdad, Al Qaeda took two young women who were mentally disabled and put suicide vests on them, sent them into a marketplace, and by remote control, detonated those suicide vests," McCain told Rick Warren. "If that isn't evil, you have to tell me what is."

The horrifying story that terrorists used two women with Down Syndrome to carry bombs was a sensation in February, but The New York Times later suggested it hadn't happened that way:

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