Say it with me, McCain.
Al Qaeda. SUNNI. Got that? Sunni. I won't throw any big words at you like "Wahhabi," let's just focus on the big stuff. Al Qaeda = Sunni.
Iran. SHIITE. No, not "shit" pronounced Irish style, SHI-ITE. Two syllables.
Al Qaeda = NOT SHIITE. Think you can handle that? Ok, good.
Let's see how you did today while talking to General Petraeus:
MCCAIN: There are numerous threats to security in Iraq and the future of Iraq. Do you still view Al Qaida in Iraq as a major threat?
PETRAEUS: It is still a major threat, though it is certainly not as major a threat as it was, say, 15 months ago.
MCCAIN: Certainly not an obscure sect of the Shiites overall...
MCCAIN: ... or Sunnis or anybody else.
I'm going to go ahead and score you an F-minus on that one. Now I want you to do some homework, preferably before you start dropping bombs on people.