Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Spain

Josh Marshall has a hilarious series of posts this evening dealing with John McCain's apparent declaration that Spain is a new enemy in the War on Terror. But here's a hypothesis as to what happened: McCain seems to have gotten confused when the interviewer, for Union Radio, switched from talking about the usual Latin American rogue states to Spanish PM Zapatero. McCain almost certainly thought it was a reference to the Zapatista rebels in southern Mexico -- after all, how many bad dudes beginning with Z can there be? Thus the basis on which war policy would be made under a President McCain.

UPDATE: A complementary possibility is that McCain has internalized the right's hatred of Zapatero since his post 11-M victory in 2004.

FINAL UPDATE: Unbelievable. McCain's campaign is going with the 11-M/Iraq interpretation.

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