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07/13/2008 08:02 PM ID: 71977 Permalink   

McCain: Cigarette Exports to Iran May Be 'A Way of Killing 'Em'


Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president, has been condemned by Iran for saying of high cigarette exports to Iran: "Maybe that's a way of killing 'em." McCain, who quit smoking about 30 years ago, said it was a joke.

Iran doesn't think it was a funny or appropriate joke, however, saying that it showed McCain's "disturbed state of mind" and that such jokes are "inappropriate for a U.S. presidential candidate." McCain has also sang in jest about bombing Iran.

His joke coincided with rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran over Iran's disputed nuclear program.

    WebReporter: l´anglais Show Calling Card      
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  Singing about bombing Iran?  
Oh that's what we've been missing for so long. Our "heroes" need an intro music for their war :-S

Does he also want to finance the next war by merchandise? A "McCain the destroyer" action figure?
  by: Shadondriel   07/13/2008 09:05 PM     
i don't know why but i'm even more scared of this guy than i was of Bush ...
  by: ProTesTa     07/13/2008 09:07 PM     
You hadn't heard about that? Yeah, at a gathering of some sort, McCain was asked what to do about Iran and he said something like, "You've heard that song by the Beach Boys? 'Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran ...'"

Here's a link:
  by: l´anglais     07/13/2008 09:10 PM     
  Mr. McCain Sounds like a Shingaling  
Thing such as this sounds pretty gay and vauge, and if a guy like McCain say it, it sure does represent the disturbed state of mind he is in.
Plus shingaling is a substitute for d i c k.
  by: 2?   07/13/2008 09:23 PM     
Thanks for the link

It's kind of disturbing hearing a presidential candidate singing bomb bomb Iran...I really hope hes not elected or WW3 will come very fast if he get in power imo.
  by: Korzen   07/13/2008 10:14 PM     
  This happened  
At Primanti brothers in the Pittsburgh about 10 minutes from my house. My friend witnessed the whole thing. His wife poked him afterwards like "What the **** are you saying!" Immediately afterwards he was like "sorry sorry it was just a joke".
  by: xufeelinlukyx   07/14/2008 01:23 AM     
a big deal really, he needs to look for better way of joking or introducing humour into the campaign.

now i could really give 2 shits about what iran thinks about it, all the things there leader has come out and said in the public has been WAY WAY worse and out of line.

i think Ahmadinejad has always been in a disturbed state of mind. for them to be saying this is pretty much a joke in itself.
  by: cray0la     07/14/2008 06:32 AM     
I think what's disturbing about it is that we don't want a leader who jokes about bombing and death. (Or being the world's biggest polluter, for that matter, but that's another guy.) For a man like McCain, who's seen the horrors of war really up close and personal, to make a "joke" like this really doesn't make any sense.

Now, this type of talk is not what I would condemn in somebody like a Rush Limbaugh, who is an entertainer well paid to provoke reactions and amuse his audience. I just think it's totally out of line for somebody running for president to talk this way, and I think it all boils down to the power of the office.

Think of it this way -- if a co-worker jokes around with you and tells you you're fired, you might laugh. You'd probably feel really uncomfortable if your boss made a joke like that, though, because you know your boss can really fire you.

Rush Limbaugh or another pundit can joke all day about bombing Iran or killing its people, and some people might laugh, or not, but at the end of the day, we know he doesn't have the power to do that. McCain is running for an office in which he could do something about bombing Iran or killing all its people, so it makes many people feel uncomfortable when he jokes about it.
  by: l´anglais     07/14/2008 06:45 AM     
  This just in...  
This just in! Comments about killing off people in a politically sensitive area may be a way of "killing a political career".
  by: gbestwick   07/14/2008 09:04 AM     
Oh dear, an American wanting to blow stuff up and kill everyone? Surely not?

Has to be said, both sides of this little spat are looking just as nuts as each other. Good old Ahmadinejad is firing missiles and threatening to destroy any threat and this bloke is making stupid comments about cigarettes and bombing Iran. If only they'd just go down the pub together, they'd realise how alike they were!

As a side note; as Iran smokes itself to death, America can eat itself to death.
  by: Maxx20     07/14/2008 11:19 AM     
  Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran  
We used to sing that on the school-bus every morning--- during the Iran hostage crisis.

"Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran, just like Japan."

It's a f*&%ed-up world.

  by: theironboard     07/14/2008 11:27 AM     
  by: 2?   07/14/2008 08:13 PM     
  oh boohoo  
is there self esteem really that pathetic? Ive heard Irans president say worst things and nobody cried.
  by: RyanB     07/15/2008 12:15 AM     
For a man like McCain, who's seen the horrors of war really up close and personal, to make a "joke" like this really doesn't make any sense.

Yes, but it was perfectly acceptable when Ahmadinejad threatened to wipe Israel off the map. You aren't fooling anyone with your nepotism!
  by: keanu1982     07/15/2008 03:11 AM     
seems you don't know the meaning of 'nepotism'.

and your standard of a competent leader seems to be miserably low... like the lowest common denominator.
  by: naughtforty   07/15/2008 03:23 AM     
You seem to miss my point entirely, and you won't catch me comparing either U.S. presidential candidate to a nutjob like Ahmadinejad. I'd hope you hold presidential candidates to a *much* higher standard than that.

Just because Ahmadinejad says crazy stuff like that doesn't make it OK for us to say! Don't you get that?
  by: l´anglais     07/15/2008 05:31 AM     
  Remember what Team America teaches us  
We have Dicks
We have A$$holes
We have Pu$$ys...

Who will lead next...
  by: juggalotoka   07/16/2008 05:19 AM     
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