In a conference call today, John McCain’s foreign policy spokesman Randy Scheunemann accused Barack Obama of “walking back” an earlier offer to meet with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Stating that Obama now says ” he would only meet with appropriate [Iranian] leaders,” Scheunemann snickered that “Generally, the president is considered the head of a country.”
That may be generally true, but it is not true of Iran. In several previous posts, we noted that McCain seems confused about who is really in charge in Iran. As reporter Joe Klein tried to point out to McCain several weeks ago, it is Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, not President Ahmadinejad, who is the head of the country. This seems like something Americans might want their president to have more than just “general” knowledge of.