McCain's Tiny-'gate'

MAP: Russia is bigger than Iran

McCain has a new advertisement, titled “Tiny,” that attempts to set a new low in the political game of taking your opponent out of context. Here’s the ad:

For those without sound, the narrator in McCain’s ad states the following: “Obama says Iran is a ‘tiny’ country. ‘Doesn’t pose a serious threat.’ Terrorism? Destroying Israel? Those aren’t serious threats?”

And here’s the context of what Obama said back in May:

Strong countries and strong Presidents talk to their adversaries. That’s what Kennedy did with Khrushchev. That’s what Reagan did with Gorbachev. That’s what Nixon did with Mao. I mean, think about it: Iran, Cuba, Venezuela — these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, ‘We’re going to wipe you off the planet.’ And ultimately, that direct engagement led to a series of measures that helped prevent nuclear war and over time allowed the kind of opening that brought down the Berlin Wall.

So, as you can see, Obama said Iran was a tiny country and not a serious threat compared to the Soviet Union. I’m sure we won’t find out, but I want to know if McCain disagrees with what Obama actually said or if he’s just a lying scumbag.

Unfortunately, even if McCain is lying, there is plenty of evidence that he plans to conduct a foreign policy even more belligerent than Bush’s. If you need proof, check out McCain’s top surrogates cheerleading for a new Cold War with Russia. McCain himself said that the Russia’s invasion of Georgia was the “the first probably serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War.” Apparently he was unaware of his July statement that Iraq was the first major conflict since 9/11. Which apparently means he forgot about Afghanistan.

The pattern is clear. Each new challenge the world faces is automatically the gravest threat we’ve ever faced. That’s nothing but a recipe for more bluster and war.

On a lighter note, there’s this other Tiny-‘gate’

That astounding map at the top of the post was stolen from Yglesias’s blog.


  1. Ian

    You know McCain probably had very little to do with this ad. His people cooked it up, and then he probably watched it and said, “OK. I mean if Obama said it, lets go with it.” Their campaign is filthy. I hope Obama starts fighting back with Biden.

  2. Chris

    I’m sure McCain didn’t craft this ad or this message himself, but he has to sign off on it, and it bears his name. So he’s responsible nonetheless.

    I do think you’re right that Obama needs to fight back more forcefully. There is plenty of dirt on McCain and the Bush administration that he can use without resorting to distortions and smears.