Nader Presses McCain on Liberty Attack
Adding to his usual criticisms of the « corporate candidates » from the two major parties, independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader yesterday introduced a wrinkle, calling on John McCain to come clean about Israel’s 1967 attack on the USS Liberty.
« He doesn’t like to have his character impugned. I’m challenging his character on this point, » Nader said in a news conference at the Statehouse.
McCain was not involved in the incident, which killed 34 American sailors amid the Six-Day War between Israel and several Arab nations. Israel said the attack was a case of mistaken identity, and McCain’s father, Adm. John S. McCain Jr., approved an investigation that determined the incident was a mistake.
Nader is among those who think the report was a cover-up. He’s dragging McCain into it because the senator wrote a positive note on a 2002 book, The Liberty Incident, that also concluded the attack was an accident.
« He has been asked again and again by these Sailors and their families to come clean, » Nader said. « Instead, he endorses a propaganda book that says it was accidental. That reflects on his character. »
The McCain campaign declined to respond.