If the media wasn't his lapdog, the embarrassment would likely have caused him to admit to senior moments if not absolute stupidity.
Because no one is calling him on it, he continues to show his complete ignorance of reality in Iraq.
He actually doesn't have a clue who's fighting in Iraq. He doesn't know who's killing Americans - you know, his fellow citizens.
To recap, AlQaeda are Sunnis and Iran is Shiia. They aren't the same. They're as different as Red Sox and Yankees. Even more accurately, they're as different as Boston Red Sox and New York Giants - they're both sports teams , so in McCain's world they must be the same thing. After all, they both use a ball in their games.
AlQaeda and Iran - hey, they're both Arabic, right? and they both call God (the same one that Jews and Christians pray to, by the way), "Allah", right? They are all the same in McCain's world.
"So let's kill 'em all," McCain is basically saying, even if they fight along side us as Iran did in Basra last week against the Mahdi Army. And that is despite the fact that AlQaeda in Iraq wasn't there until we invaded, that they have no connection to the international terrorist group because they're just a tiny splinter organization, that they're just as happy killing Shiite Muslims as they are American occupiers because we're all infidels to them, and that they number about 1,000 out of some 8.8 million.
No, John McCain will never let facts get in the way of a good, but wholly incorrect propaganda story the media is only too happy to help him perpetrate on the American people.
So McCain continues to conflate AlQaeda and Iran. Even after being publicly corrected by a former Democrat.
Let's recap the repeated misstatements.
First came the speech in Houston in February when he said Shiia Iran was helping Sunni AlQaeda.
Then he said the same thing on Hugh Hewitt's right-wing radio show in March.
Then he said it twice to reporters on his trip to the Middle East before Joe Lieberman corrected him.
Then there was three days ago at the General Petraeus hearing when he said, "Al Qaeda isn't just an obscure sect of the Shiites... (pause) ... or Sunnis or anybody else." Well they're definitely not Shiites, and not likely anybody else unless they've been recently adopted by the Baptists, or the Mormons, or the fundamentalist born again whatevers, or, as he said, "anybody else."
Finally, Fox Noise yesterday gave him the opportunity to clear up any confusion people may perceive that he has about the situation by hand-feeding him what to say:
Fox Noise: "Do you understand the difference between Sunni and Shiia, and how would you like to respond those who claim you don't?"
McCain: "I've been to Iraq eight times. I know the leaders. I know the situation on the ground. I know that Sunni and AlQaeda are closely tied."
Like buses and subways are closely tied to mass transit?
Like the shape of wheels is closely tied to a circle?
Like football, baseball, and basketball are closely tied to America's three most popular team sports?
I don't know whether to laugh or cry. HE STILL CAN'T GET IT RIGHT!
What a blithering idiot.
For the last time (I hope), allow me to explain.
AlQaeda is Sunni.
Saudi Arabia is Sunni.
15 of the 19 AlQaeda 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia under the leadership of AlQaeda in Afghanistan.
0 were from Iraq.
That's because Iraq had 0 AlQaeda until the US invasion.
Iran is Shiia.
AlQaeda's sworn enemy is anyone not Sunni, and Iran is not Sunni.
Got it, McCain? Got it, media?
We're not as stupid as you want us to be.