John McCain’s foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann is defending his boss’s inexplicable and illogical answer in response to a question about whether he would agree to meet with the Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. McCain appeared not to know that Zapatero is the leader of Spain when answering the question from an interviewer earlier this week. Listen here:
In a letter to the Washington Post, Scheunemann claims McCain knew who Zapatero was and was simply articulating his policy of refusing to commit to “a White House meeting with President Zapatero.” Yglesias writes that this is “an insane policy,” given our treaty-bound obligations under NATO. Moreover, Scheunemann misidentifies Zapatero as Spain’s President, rather than Prime Minister.
Five months ago, McCain said he’d be happy to meet with Zapatero.