Rudy: Shiite or Sunni - Who Cares?
Thanks to this piece by Greg Sargent over at TPM Cafe, we find out that Rudy Giuliani knows as little about Islam and the Middle East as George W. Bush did back in 2000, or even now. To Rudy, those who attacked us on 9/11 and Iran are one in the same, because he thinks that both Shiites and Sunnis want us dead and are hostile to the western world, which would come as a shock to the Persian people, and the anti-Al Qaeda Iranian government.
As Greg noted, this is what passes for experienced, world-wise GOP presidential material these days. Giuliani can't tell a Sunni from a Shiite and doesn't care because to him, they are both enemies. McCain is delusional and doesn't care at all about the truth. And Romney is, well, a Mormon with good hair and a lot of checkwriters.
The Democrats have an opening in the 2008 race to turn the GOP's 2004 talking point against them: Republicans don't know the true nature of the enemy we face; don't have the knowledge necessary to fight the war on terror; and don't have the vision or intellectual dexterity to take advantage of opportunities to build alliances of common interest.