McCain met Pinochet?

@jend80 (2068)
October 30, 2008 4:52pm CST
summery origanal report - "John McCain, who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that. In 1985, McCain traveled to Chile for a friendly meeting with Chile's military ruler, General Augusto Pinochet, one of the world's most notorious violators of human rights credited with killing more than 3,000 civilians and jailing tens of thousands of others. The private meeting between McCain and dictator Pinochet has gone previously un-reported anywhere." if true do you think this was a good/bad thing?
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Do you really expect people to put that much faith in the blog of a huffington post writer? There are several issues we have to deal with. First, John McCain wasn't even a US Senator until 1987. In 1985 he was barely in his 3rd year in the House of Representatives. He wasn't the president meeting unconditionally with Pinochet, he was THE precondition. One of the preconditions he's talked about regards sending lower level politicians to discuss these things rather than legitimizing people like Chavez by meeting them personally and without preconditions. Well look, I just found the official response by the McCain campaign to your little huffington post bit. "UPDATE: The McCain campaign issued this response: "There is a huge difference between a junior Congressman meeting a dictator and a President holding unconditional summit meetings with dictators. As the cable describing the meeting recounts, Congressman McCain said meeting with Pinochet was like talking to the head of the John Birch Society. John McCain was a key Republican supporter of Chile's transition to democracy and led on numerous legislative initiatives, including securing U.S. funding for the plebiscite which ended Pinochet's rule." I think that puts this garbage to rest.