McCain Supports International League Idea

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Sen. John McCain is supporting a proposal for an international league of democracies to achieve what the United Nation sometimes cannot.

More than 100 democratic countries could be members of the organization.

For more on the foriegn policy battles between McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, watch CBN News' David Brody, following this report.

McCain says the countries belonging to such an organization could advance their shared views and act where the U.N.fails to act, with or without the approval of non-democratic countries like Russia or China. He says the league could impose sanctions on Iran, relieve suffering in Darfur, and also deal with environmental problems.

Sen. Barack Obama has not commented on the idea. But one of his policy advisors has supported it.

McCain Chastises Obama

Meanwhile, McCain criticized the Illinois senator for saying he would be willing to hold talks with the leaders of Iran and other enemies of the U.S. without preconditions.

McCain argues Obama is naïve and inexperienced at foreign relations to actually think such a meeting would yield any results.

"It's hard to see what such a summit with President Ahmadinejad would actually gain, except an earful of anti-Semitic rants, and a worldwide audience for a man who denies one Holocaust and talks before frenzied crowds about starting another," McCain told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

McCain said the Clinton administration in particular tried to engage Iran for two years, even lifting some sanctions, to no avail.

"Even so, we hear talk of a meeting with the Iranian leadership offered up as if it were some sudden inspiration, a bold new idea that somehow nobody has ever thought of before," McCain said as dozens in the audience laughed.

McCain's campaign said he was referring to Obama's comments during an interview in May with Fox News: "Iran is stronger now than when George Bush took office. And the fact that we have not talked to them means that they have been developing nuclear weapons, funding Hamas, funding Hezbollah. We have had no impact whatsoever as we pursue our policies."

Obama's campaign said Monday that McCain supports an Iraq war that has made the U.S. and Israel less secure.

"He promises to continue a war in Iraq that has emboldened Iran and strengthened its hand," an Obama spokesman said. "He promises sanctions that the Bush administration has been unable to persuade the Security Council to deliver."

Obama continues to try to reassure Jewish voters about his candidacy.

"I welcome the Muslim world's accurate perception that I am interested in opening up dialogue and interested in moving away from the unilateral policies of George Bush, but nobody should mistake that for a softer stance when it comes to terrorism or when it comes to protecting Israel's security or making sure that the alliance is strong and firm," Obama said in an interview last month with The Atlantic magazine. "You will not see, under my presidency, any slackening in commitment to Israel's security."

Source: The Associated Press

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