Wednesday, June 4, 2008

God & Destiny for the United Snakes

A quick peek at John Sidney McCain III's foreign policy mavens, by some guy from the CFR in Newsweek, via

As usual, we present the most interesting & damning portions:
On national security issues, McCain receives advice from several generations of Republican strategists and former top foreign policy officials such as Henry Kissinger and Richard Armitage, often grouped in the realist camp of foreign policy, as well as William Kristol and Robert Kagan, leading neoconservative voices. The campaign lists Kagan as a leading foreign policy adviser...
Ah, some real winners there.
Scheunemann, Kagan, and Kristol are project directors of the Project for the New American Century, an organization formed when Democrats controlled the White House in 1997 around what many analysts say are neoconservative ideals. The project says on its website it aims to promote U.S. leadership in the world and "rally support for a vigorous and principled policy of American international involvement and to stimulate useful public debate on foreign and defense policy and America's role in the world." The organization's statement of principles says the United States needs to "increase defense spending significantly," "strengthen ties to democratic allies," "promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad," and "accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles."

Some observers point to McCain's embrace of policy issues identified with neoconservatives dating back to his presidential campaign of 2000, when he called for a "rogue state rollback" policy predicated on aiding opposition groups that could then drive from power some regimes seen as threats to the United States. His plan for a "League of Democracies," envisioned as a group of like-minded nations that would act in lieu of the United Nations against some threats to international security, is also seen as consistent with the neoconservative aims.
The usual gang of idiots, w/ virtually no idea of any other nations, ideologies or cultures (except that they're "other," & therefore wrong & "anti-American") who want to stick their fingers into everyone else's pie w/o even washing their blood-stained hands, & then are just "shocked, do you hear, shocked" when things don't turn out as they hoped & prayed (thinking they could "create their own reality" merely by exercising the military power that's bankrupting This Great Nation of Ours™).

We'd be more convinced of their desire to "promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad," if any of these chicken hawks had ever expressed the slightest interest in freeing working Americans from the economic exploitation that occurs every second right here in the United Snakes. "Political & economic freedom," like charity, begins at home, ass wipes.
Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria, say[s] the speech was indicative of a "schizophrenia" in McCain's foreign policy, due in part to his call for ousting Russia from the Group of Eight industrialized nations. In the speech, McCain describes himself as an "realistic idealist" who abhors war and emphasizes the importance of respecting allies. "When we believe international action is necessary, whether military, economic, or diplomatic, we will try to persuade our friends that we are right," McCain said. "But we, in return, must be willing to be persuaded by them."

Douglas C. Foyle, an associate professor of government at Wesleyan University, calls the Los Angeles speech a reaffirmation of McCain's core neoconservative beliefs. "He's talking about idealism with realistic tendencies but he's still talking about God and destiny for the United States, which is very neoconservative," says Foyle.
"God" & destiny. Wow. Makes us feel very insignificant. From The American Conservative:
The varied balloons Kristol and company hoisted to give a focus to their politics (“national greatness conservatism” was one, with an emphasis on an assertive foreign policy and constructing patriotic monuments) never gained much altitude.
Yes, kick Hussein's ass (quite a challenge, that) & build patriotic monuments, like the Nazis, the Soviets, or... (Dare we say?) Saddam Hussein.

The very same neo-cons who wanted a war/occupation on, of & in Iraq as far back as 1997. From the same American Conservative article:
Kristol and Robert Kagan’s “Saddam Must Go” editorial of November 1997 is reprinted: “We know it seems unthinkable to propose another ground attack to take Baghdad. But it’s time to start thinking the unthinkable.”


In “The Holocaust Shrug” (April 2004), David Gelernter wheels out the tried and tested appeasement analogy in support of the Iraq War. Saddam is no Hitler, Gelernter acknowledges, but “the world’s indifference to Saddam resembles its indifference to Hitler.”
Yes, the neo-cons. Bad, stupid ideas they stick w/ until well past the bitter end. Funny that so few mentioned Cheney's (& many others') pre-11 Sepember 2001 lust for war & occupation when commenting on Scott McClellan's new book. And funny (stupid) that McCain has bozos like Kristol & Kagan advising him, offset by "realist" Kissinger, who is scared to leave the country for fear of being arrested as a war criminal. In his case, we can only hope that he is captured & punished sooner than Pinochet, his good buddy in crime.

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