Speaking to FOX’s Chris Wallace about why McCain is a better choice for president, Senator Lindsey Graham equated Iran and al Qaeda.
GRAHAM: If you’d lost an Iraq, the biggest winner would’ve been Iran, the topic we’re talking about. They were ready to fill the vacuum of a failed state in Iraq, al Qaeda would’ve claimed victory and every moderate voice in the world—it’s about moderation and extremism.
Graham’s statements are an indicator of the intellectual bankruptcy of the far right and also highlight a profound ignorance of the region—or a willingness to lie for a political agenda. Iran is a nation with a majority Shi’i, Persian population. Al Qaeda is a radical Sunni, international, fringe organization. Al Qaeda considers Iran a great enemy. Al Qaeda in Iraq has consistently threatened Iran and al Qaeda’s top leadership even considers Iran a common enemy between the United States and al Qaeda.
Similar statements were made prior to the Iraq war in trying to link al Qaeda to Iraq. Not only were they discredited long ago, but more evidence is now surfacing that those statements were based on deliberate and cynical attempts by the White House to manipulate public opinion.
Graham also raises the specter of “the vacuum.” For more on that, see this video.
Irancove @ August 18, 2008