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Reader's view: McCain a faulty oracle of foreign policy

Not a single week can go by, it seems, without seeing U.S. Sen. John McCain paraded before TV cameras as an expert on Iraq. Who appointed him the oracle of American foreign policy? Does his record of monumental incompetence in political prognostication count for nothing?

Let’s recall some of his past prophetic insights about Iraq. In a Katie Couric interview on NBC in March 2003 he said, “But I believe, Katie, that the Iraqi people will greet us as liberators.” In an MSNBC interview in April of that same year he said, “Post-

Saddam Hussein Iraq is going to be paid for by the Iraqis.” And in the same interview, he came up with his most astounding observation of all: “There’s not a history of clashes that are violent between Sunnis and Shias. So I think they can probably get along.”

You might think anyone so spectacularly wrong about Iraq would have the decency to exhibit some humility. But you would be wrong, because McCain seems to have no shame and will not let an abysmal track record deter him from further pontificating. The real question is why anyone still persists in putting him before a camera. How many times do you have to be comically wrong to be discredited?

If we followed McCain’s advice, Americans would be dying needlessly in virtually every country in the Middle East. The man is a modern-day Don Quixote, searching for windmills to tilt against in his perpetual crusade to remake the world to his liking.

Here’s a polite suggestion for future TV news shows: Please give us all a break and allow this valiant knight to ride off quietly into the sunset. And by all means let him take along his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza (U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham).

James J. Amato