John McCain made a mistake today (although by the time you read this, it will have been yesterday). While in Amman, Jordan, McCain claimed that the Iranian regime was taking al Qaeda operatives for training. He said it was “common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran, that’s well known. And it’s unfortunate” (Weekly Standard Blog). He quickly corrected himself. Tom Jocelyn at WS tries to claim it wasn’t a mistake, but it was – and more to the point, even in error, McCain reveals why he is the best choice for the White House.
Consider this: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama insist that neither Saddam Hussein nor the Iranian mullahcracy had (and in Tehran’s case, has) any ties to al Qaeda or its affiliates. That is a far more glaring and dangerous mistake, and one that is not only easily exposed (here’s Saddam’s ties, and here’s Iran’s).
McCain, by contrast, made and corrected a mistake on the nature of Tehran’s ties to al Qaeda (Tehran arms and funds al Q, but we have no evidence of actual training in Iran – yet). That’s a lot better than not recognizing that Tehran and al Qaeda work together. Fact is, John McCain’s mistakes are far better than those of his opponents.