McCain criticizes Obama on Iran policy

Earlier today, McCain delivered a pro-Israel speech and once again chided Obama over his apparent willingness to meet with Iranian leaders without preconditions. Some of Obama’s foreign policy statements are becoming the “100 years” quote from McCain which the DNC and other liberal groups have been using against him.

Story from AOL News:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican John McCain raised the specter of a nuclear Iran in a speech to a pro-Israel group, once again chastising Democrat Barack Obama for his willingness to meet with leaders of Iran and other U.S. foes.

McCain has criticized Obama for saying in a debate last year that he would meet leaders of Iran and other U.S. foes without preconditions. The Arizona senator argues Obama is naive and inexperienced to think that such a meeting would yield progress.

“It’s hard to see what such a summit with President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad would actually gain, except an earful of anti-Semitic rants, and a worldwide audience for a man who denies one Holocaust and talks before frenzied crowds about starting another,” McCain told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

He criticized Obama for seeming to suggest that Iran is trying to develop a nuclear program because the U.S. refuses to engage in presidential-level talks. McCain said the Clinton administration in particular tried to engage Iran for two years, even lifting some sanctions, to no avail.

“Even so, we hear talk of a meeting with the Iranian leadership offered up as if it were some sudden inspiration, a bold new idea that somehow nobody has ever thought of before,” McCain said as dozens in the audience laughed.

His campaign said he was referring to Obama’s comments in an interview last month with Fox News: “Iran is stronger now than when George Bush took office. And the fact that we have not talked to them means that they have been developing nuclear weapons, funding Hamas, funding Hezbollah. We have had no impact whatsoever as we pursue our policies.”

Obama’s campaign said Monday that McCain supports an Iraq war that has made the U.S. and Israel less secure.

Video of McCain’s statements from the AP:

Once again, a continuation of the tit-for-tat I spoke about last week. That is, this back and forth over what Obama said versus what McCain said. In truth, I think McCain could go a long way this message with independents and moderate Democrats who may not be as eager to negotiate with Iran.

That being said, Obama will also be targeting the independents by chiding McCain with the Iraq War. However, some recent news is indicating that the Iraq War may be on the right track, at least militarily. If good news starts coming out of Iraq, Obama is going to have a tougher on selling his brand of troop withdrawal in favor of a political solution.

It will be fascinating to watch this develop over the next 5 to 6 months.