El Cid — in English

The original untranslated English version of John McCain’s interview with Radio Caracol Miami has now been released.

Have a listen (the key passage about Spain starts at 2:58 in):

At first it sounds like McCain is taking a hard neocon line against Prime Minister Zapatero, but as the interviewer continues to press the point, it becomes pretty obvious that McCain has no idea who she’s talking about.

His broad, generic answer is clearly meant to cover Latin American leaders generally, known and unknown — sort of a blanket “we’ll stand up to tinpot dictators” — even if they happen to be NATO prime ministers.