WASHINGTON – – Republican presidential contender John McCain , known for having a quirky sense of humor, joked about bombing Iran at a campaign appearance this week.

In response to an audience question about military action against Iran, the Arizona senator briefly sang the chorus of the surf-rocker classic “Barbara Ann.”

“That old, eh, that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran,” he said in jest Wednesday, chuckling with the crowd. Then, he softly sang to the melody: “Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, anyway, ah …” The audience responded with more laughter.

It is very disturbing to see McCain condone the bombing of innocents to resolve a problem. How similiar to the path taken by a mentally unbalanced student last week at Virginia Tech!

His quip was prompted by a man in the audience who asked: “How many times do we have to prove that these people are blowing up people now, never mind if they get a nuclear weapon, when do we send ’em an airmail message to Tehran?”

While it is surprising to hear a call to brute force from a man who has been exposed to the horrors of war, it is simpler to understand Bush’s similar proclivity. It is easy to assume the role of a pseudo Texas cowboy when you are safely ensconced in the unimaginable luxury and perks of a presidency and have others do the fighting and dying for you..

The episode echoed President Reagan’s 1984 quip at the height of the nuclear arms race when he thought the microphone was dead and said: “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

Item below added April 20 5:20 PM EST
WASHINGTON — The liberal group MoveOn.org is launching an ad against Republican John McCain and his joke about bombing Iran, arguing that the nation “can’t afford another reckless president.”

The group plans to spend about $100,000 to air a commercial on network and some cable television stations in Iowa and New Hampshire, states that hold early contests in the presidential nomination process, spokesman Alex Howe said Friday.
McCain’s comments, posted on YouTube.com, had been viewed at least 118,056 times as of Friday morning.