Speaking at campaign
McCain defended his comments on Thursday. "I was talking to some of my old veterans friends. My response is, lighten up and get a life." Asked by reporters if his joke was insensitive, McCain said: "Insensitive to what? The Iranians?"
There is little
doubt that the current Iranian regime poses significant
McCain's comments only serve to exacerbate an already volatile situation. At a time when civil liberties organizations are reporting an increase in discrimination against Americans of Middle Eastern descent, McCain's comments have the potential to encourage xenophobia and hatred.
McCain's response to
whether his joke was insensitive is extremely offensive to many Iranian
Americans who love their heritage. Many of them still have
relatives and friends living in
John McCain has had a long and distinguished career of public service. However, his remarks were unbecoming of a presidential candidate. If he wishes to obtain the support of Iranian Americans, he would be well served to engage the community and clarify his positions.
IAPAC is a registered bipartisan political action committee that contributes to candidates for public office who are attuned to the domestic needs of the Iranian American community. IAPAC focuses exclusively on domestic policy issues such as civil rights and civil liberties, and encourages Iranian Americans to actively participate in the electoral process, to vote and run for political office.
John McCain: Statesman,
Maverick or Demagogue?
Senator John McCain's recent rock music parody which suggested that the
I once admired Senator
John McCain. We even appeared together 16 years ago on a national radio call-in
show, just after I returned from my first trip to
Running on Inferno's
Senator John McCain (R, Arizona) while on a campaign in N. Carolina, was videoed singing "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" to the tune of the Beach Boys "Barbara Ann". To this “hero” of the Vietnam War, the White House means not only prolonging the
'Bomb Iran' joke is moving up YouTube's charts
When reporters asked if the joke was insensitive, McCain said: "Insensitive to what? The Iranians?" -
deplores McCain's comments turning US-Iran war into a joking
The National Iranian American Council deplores Senator John McCain’s comments earlier today when he turned war between the
... Payvand News - 4/27/07 ... --