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The next MSM brouhaha: McCain’s joke about cigarette exports to Iran

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 8, 2008 09:41 PM

I can hear it coming already: faux outrage, MSM feeding frenzy, Worst Person in the World designation, and a 24-hour cycle of cable TV teeth-gnashing over McCain’s off-handed joke about cigarette exports to Iran.

Here we go.

In 5, 4, 3, 2…

“McCain jokes about killing Iranians with cigarettes”

Presidential candidate John McCain, who once sang in jest about bombing Iran, on Tuesday reacted to a report of rising U.S. cigarette exports to the country by saying it may be “a way of killing ’em.”

McCain, known for acerbic comments and for sometimes firing verbally from the hip, was responding to a report that U.S. exports to Iran rose tenfold during President George W. Bush’s term in office despite hostility between the two states.

A rise in cigarette sales was a big part of that, according to an Associated Press analysis of seven years of U.S. trade figures.

“Maybe that’s a way of killing ’em,” McCain said to reporters during a campaign stop in Pittsburgh. “I meant that as a joke, as a person who hasn’t had a cigarette in 28 years, 29 years,” he added, laughing.

He declined further comment on the report.

Compare the disproportionate attention McCain’s remark will receive vs. Obama’s truly bone-headed and dangerous ignorance about asymmetric warfare and the Iran threat.

9/10 Democrat.

9/10 media.

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Free piece of advice to McCain: Stop joking with them. They are not your friends.

Posted in: Iran,John McCain