Thursday, September 18, 2008

Note to McCain: Zapatero does not equal Zapatista

McCain doesn't know shit about Spain, including where it's located and who its prime minister is.

This pisses me off for obvious reasons. More to come when I get out of work.

So, according to Matt Yglesias, John McCain didn't mix up Spain and Latin America or Zapatero (the President of the Government or Prime Minister), he just refuses to meet with him, a la Bush, who has not gone to Spain since Zapatero came to office in 2004, and also hasn't invited him to the White House.

So a little background: the Spanish prime minister before Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, was Jose Maria Aznar of the conservative Partido Popular. He was one of the original members of the "Coalition of the Willing" and sent troops to Iraq. But then terrorists linked to al-Qaeda bombed the main train station (Atocha) in Madrid, killing hundreds, and his government tried to blame it on ETA, the Basque separatist militants. This happened a few days before the elections, and in response to the attack and the lying, the Spanish voted Aznar out and Zapatero and the Socialists in. Now, by this point, Aznar and Bush were pretty good friends, but one of Zapatero's major campaign pledges was to pull the Spanish troops out of Iraq, and unlike most politicians, he kept his promise. And since then, Spanish-American relations have been pretty chilly. As a side note, Zapatero and the Socialists were reelected in March with an even larger plurality in the Spanish parliament, but the Spanish economy has plummeted in response to the sub-prime mortgage meltdown.

It really is ridiculous if this is how McCain feels about Spain, a NATO member, EU member, and the world's 9th largest economy. And this just makes me dislike him even more, because I love Spain.

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