John McCain - Presidential Candidate
U.S. presidential candidate John McCain drew a standing ovation tonight from Michigan Republicans when he strongly rebuked Columbia University for inviting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to give a speech on campus Monday.
"I certainly think a man who is directing the maiming and killing of American troops should not be given an invitation to speak at an American university," McCain told the 27th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.
A person who is directing the maiming and killing of American troops! Is he talking about President Bush?
"Rather than rolling out the red carpet for the leader of a terror-sponsoring regime, Columbia University should be welcoming the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) back on campus to honour the men and women who put their lives on the line every day defending our freedom."
Wow, a terror sponsoring regime? What constitutes a terror sponsoring regim? Giving terrorists money to train and buy weapons?
"We should recognize that American tax dollars helped to create the very Taliban government that now wants to destroy us. In the late 1970s and early 80s, the CIA was very involved in the training and funding of various fundamentalist Islamic groups in Afghanistan, some of which later became today's brutal Taliban government. In fact, the U.S. government admits to giving the groups at least 6 billion dollars in military aid and weaponry, a staggering sum that would be even larger in today's dollars.
Bin Laden himself received training and weapons from the CIA, and that agency's military and financial assistance helped the Afghan rebels build a set of encampments around the city of Khost."