Monday, August 18, 2008

Reading Assignment

Publius at Obsidian Wings.

The Dangerous Warmongering John McCain

A taste:

In short, his is a world of good versus evil, where threatening and using force is always necessary, and where wildly diverse countries are lumped together as evil “autocracies.” No matter the country (Serbia, Iraq, Georgia), no matter the circumstances — the problem is always the same (evil), the solution always the same (threaten or use force).

[...] this is arguably the most dangerous aspect of the McCain “Doctrine” — the tendency to quickly classify things we don’t like as “evil”. Indeed, this is precisely what we’re seeing with Georgia — and we’ll see it again in a McCain administration. The assumption of “evil” is what leads to overbroad responses — after all, everything should be on the table if we’re fighting evil (this same initial assumption leads to torture, lawbreaking, etc.).

Read the whole damn thing. This guy is fucking frightening. Pat Buchanan (!) said that John McCain will make Dick Cheney look like Ghandi. That's starting to sound like an understatement. As cleek put it in the comments at ObWi, "he's not running for Bush's 3rd term; he thinks Bush was a lightweight."


Smitty said...

It’s essentially high school psychology playing out on a global stage

I don't know if I want to get physically, violently sick, or just start crying and weeping.

Please, God...if you're there...Obama...give us Obama...or even that idiot Nader.

Mr Furious said...

Did you read the link to get the full context for that? After 9/11, McCain seriously wanted to bomb the shit out someone—anyone—just to frighten everyone else.

There is no way a fucking sociopathic hothead like that can be anywhere near The Button.

Smitty said...

I did. I read it and I wanted to puke. That was the quote that really stuck with me through the whole thing; that really, the Republicans are running socially-stunted highschool kids who stopped developing mentally some time in their teens.

That's what scared that McCain listed all sorts of countries that had nothing to do with 9/11 because some sort of massive ass-whipping will bring everyone else in-line.

How's that policy been going, by the way?

What really pisses me off about it is that these armchair general Little Patton types love to flex this muscle on the backs of our troops, for whom they have infinite "respect."

Respect. Ha. While they cut benefits and chuck into needless wars. Some respect.

Speaking of Little Patton types, I saw this article over at Balloon Juice. Jesus Christ.

Smitty said...

Okay Mr. F. I went back last night and re-read the NYT article. I was, perhaps, hasty and dismissive in my earlier comments.

This is not just simply about high-school vengeance. This is a calculated, long-term strategy of domination and violence; of muscle-flexing and unfettered aggression on the world stage. This is a man whose foreign policy understanding was shaped by a venerable Admiral who served on the cusp of our world-wide military dominace, and neocons with their misguided attempts at influence-via-a-huge-hammer. "Speak softly and carry a big stick" is pussy shit for those guys, and that's scary.

So he spends a political lifetime getting himself in a position where he will finally have the chance to exact his foreign policy on everyone else.

If he gets in, it will not end well for anyone.

So there it is. Not just adolescent muscle-flexing, but way, way worse, more insane, and much more driven than that.

Mr Furious said...

Yup. It's "Speak loudly and swing wildly with a stick no longer big enough to do the job."

At least a s far as conventional forces go...THAT'S what's REALLY scary.

Mr Furious said...

They are going to drive our foriegn policy to a point where "bombing someone back to the stone age" will be the only option—our forces will be so overextended that we cannot a conventional battle, and McCain will HAVE TO show the world he means business and the U.S. can't be messed with.

Put bluntly, there is NOT a country on the planet that actually deserves to be the kid picked out on the playground and pummeled just for show.

Smitty said...

Put bluntly, there is NOT a country on the planet that actually deserves to be the kid picked out on the playground and pummeled just for show

"bombing someone back to the stone age" will be the only option

And there it is. I think McCain doesn't care much about over-extending fact, I think he wants to. Overextending our troops is a means to an end, that end being in nature. What else makes a statement to our "enemies" than picking one and destroying it completely?

It also lets people know how crazy the Americans are. This scares me endlessly. We will be viewed as the evil ones, regardless of how self-righteously we claim the opposite.