World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


McCain Advisor Apologizes for Iraq Casino Remarks


McCain Advisor Apologizes for Casino Lobbying Remarks in Iraq
Out-of-context comments posted on YouTube

July 7, 2008 -- Martin Eisenstadt, an advisor to the John McCain campaign, today issued an apology for remarks made during an interview on Al-Iraqiya TV on February 16 of this year at Baghdad's Business 2 Business Expo.

"It's come to my attention that excerpts of my interview at the Business Expo were recently taken out of context and posted on YouTube," said Eisenstadt. "At the time, I was representing commercial interests in the Green Zone, and did not formally have a position with the McCain campaign. During the remarks, I suggested that there would be a Mosque inside the proposed casino development in the Green Zone. I misspoke, and if anyone in the Muslim community was offended by those remarks, I sincerely apologize. In actual fact, the development plans to have a Mosque adjacent to the complex, not inside it."

"To be clear, John McCain has the utmost respect for the Iraqi people, and for all branches of Islam," added Eisenstadt.

Founder and President of the influential Eisenstadt Group, Martin Eisenstadt is a senior fellow at the The Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy in Washington, D.C. An expert on Near Eastern military and political affairs, Mr. Eisenstadt formerly consulted on the Rudolph Giuliani campaign, as well as numerous corporate and multinational organizations on issues of security and policy development. Martin Eisenstadt has been an influential voice in Near Eastern policy debate for over a decade.


For more on Mr. Eisenstadt, go to or


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Collective Punishment In Venezuela

Yemen, Venezuela, Iran, Gaza… beyond the particulars of their suffering, each of these countries currently share one thing in common: their ordinary citizens are being subjected to collective punishment, in order to bring about regime change. More>>

Widely Ignored Report: 40,000 Dead Venezuelans Under US Sanctions

A new report on April 25 by a respected think tank has estimated that US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in August 2017 have caused around 40,000 deaths... Additional sanctions imposed in January 2019 are likely to lead to tens of thousands of further deaths. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Left-Wing Victory In Spain

Portugal and Spain continue to be striking exceptions to the rise of rightwing populism in Europe, a fact that’s commonly explained by the relatively recent experience both countries have had of living under fascist regimes. (Franco in Spain, and Salazar in Portugal.)

That horrific past still seems very much alive in the minds of voters... More>>

Easter Bombings Kill Hundreds: UN, World Leaders Condemn Sri Lanka Attacks

More than 200 have been killed and hundreds injured by a series of explosions inside churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, as Christians gathered for services to celebrate Easter.. More>>