Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New FactCheck Article: Context Included: Obama on Iran

I receive these in email because I hate the "spin"... this one shows McCain spin 101. I thought everyone should see this.

Context Included: Obama on Iran
August 27, 2008
McCain ad cherry-picks Obama remarks on Iran, twisting his meaning.
McCain's new ad, released on Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention, quotes Obama saying that Iran is a "tiny" country that "doesn't pose a serious threat." It implies that he fails to see Iran's threat to Israel.

The picture changes dramatically when Obama's full quotes are considered:
  • Obama actually said of Iran, Cuba and Venezuela: "These countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union" (emphasis ours).

  • Likewise, he said those countries don't pose a serious threat to the United States "the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us."

  • Obama has also said in speeches that Iran is Israel's greatest threat, and a serious threat to the region, and he has discussed its sponsorship of terrorism.

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