April 30, 2007

McCain Proposes Justice League With America

The incandescence of McCain's stupid is truly painful to behold, and is only here eclipsed by evidence of the AP's Liz Sidoti displaying selective amnesia of the type one might expect from someone who'd recently had a blow to the head. Emphasis mine:

Republican presidential candidate John McCain envisions a "League of Democracies" as part of a more cooperative foreign policy with U.S. allies.

... "We Americans must be willing to listen to the views and respect the collective will of our democratic allies," McCain says, according to excerpts his campaign provided. "Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom, knowledge and resources necessary to succeed."

... Such comments offer a contrast to President Bush, who critics contend has employed a stubborn, go-it-alone foreign policy that has dramatically damaged the U.S. image abroad.

McCain is careful to note that his proposed multinational organization would not be like Woodrow Wilson's failed "League of Nations." Rather, McCain says the organization would be far more similar to what Theodore Roosevelt favored a group of "like-minded nations working together in the cause of peace."

"It could act where the U.N. fails to act," McCain says. ...

Dear Ms. Sidoti, just because Sen. McCain says he'd like to have a different sort of foreign policy than Pres. Bush, it doesn't mean jack unless there's some evidence in his voluminous record of post-2001 votes and public statements that indicate sincerity in this. In fact, advocating "humble" foreign policies and singing public paeans to multilateral cooperation while at the very same time supporting aggressive, unilateral action presents no contrast whatsoever with the president. It's imitative flattery of the highest order.

Can you say, "Coalition of the Willing?" I knew you could.

See, because McCain started off as a staunch defender of this country's most unilateral and depraved screw up in recent memory, which is to say the war in Iraq. He said we'd be greeted as liberators. To this very day, while McCain says that the war is a "great tragedy," he continues to resist a timetable for withdrawal, which contrasts sharply with the wishes of the American public. It contrasts very sharply with the wishes of the supposedly liberated women of Iraq, including Riverbend, whose family has finally made the painful decision to leave the only country they've ever known because this war of choice has made their lives a living hell.

And Sen. McCain would like a free pass on having supported, and continuing to support, this war. Yet the fact that he's proposed this in sharp denial of the fact that allies in European have lost elections because of their support of his favorite cowboy policies seems right over the heads of the AP, as if we can call 'go it alone' something other than 'coalitions of the willing' and have that whitewash all the blood and destruction. It's madness. Madness and folly.

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