I mean, think about it: Iran, Cuba, Venezuela — these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.
Ever since the original statement, McCain has been outraged by these remarks. But which aspect of it is wrong? Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela are all much smaller than the Soviet Union. None of them threaten us in the way the Soviet Union did. Inaccurate information doesn’t lead to good policy.