2008 Attacking Obama With Arab Music
posted by October 30 at 10:45 AMon
McCain again hits the Ahmadinejad panic button, this time with a one-minute ad that features images of Obama with ominous-sounding Arab music playing in the background:
It’s all inflammatory nonsense, of course. Obama has said that he would meet with the Iranian leadership without “preconditions”—namely, the Bush Administration requirement that the Iranians stop processing uranium. Of course, the Bush Administration doesn’t seem so set on that precondition anymore, either. Again, this is a purposeful effort to mislead on Obama’s actual position: he would begin lower-level negotiations with the Iranians, and see how much progress could be made. That is a position supported by many of McCain’s own diplomatic supporters.
But that’s not really what this is all about: this ad—with its Middle Eastern music—is all about implying that Obama isn’t one of us, that he’s one of them. It is shameful, in the extreme. It’s also really bad policy.