Thursday, October 23, 2008

McCain advocated meeting a terrorist group without pre-conditions

McCain and Palin have been hammering Barack Obama for saying he would meet with U.S. enemies without pre-conditions. Yet in 1987, McCain advised doing just that. McCain voted several times to force the Reagan administration to meet with RENAMO, a guerrilla organization in Mozambique, without requiring they meet any pre-conditions.

McCain's support for the meeting with RENAMO goes one better than Obama, who made it clear his policy doesn't extend to non-governmental organizations (like Hamas). RENAMO was a brutal terrorist group created by the Rhodesian secret services in 1977 as a fake anti-communist black liberation movement. Their tactics focused mostly on civilians and included attacks on public transportation along with kidnapping American and other foreign missionaries. The U.S. Council for World Freedom funded RENAMO (and other anti-communist organizations) directly between 1984 and 1986 while John McCain was on their advisory board.

Palin, for her part, doesn't even have a clue what the term "pre-conditions" means. Brian Williams asked Palin during his interview on the NBC Nightly News, "what in your mind is a pre-condition?" Palin responded with one of her typical lightweight, pointless answers:

"You have to have a diplomatic strategy going into a meeting with someone like Ahmadinejad (President of Iran) or Kim Jung-Il (Dictator of North Korea) or one of those dictators that would seek to destroy America or one of our allies. It is so naive and so dangerous for a presidential candidate to just proclaim that they would be willing to sit down with a leader like Ahmadinejad and just talk about the issues , the problems that are facing them. That's some ill-preparedness right there."

Obviously, Palin doesn't know that a pre-condition means a certain condition must be met first, like - stop your plutonium enrichment program or we won't meet with you! The only thing naive and dangerous in this scenario is the thought of Palin being one step away from holding meetings with anyone besides the leader of the Wasilla PTA.


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