Thursday, March 27, 2008

McCain outs himself

John McCain gave a foreign policy speech before a group called the World Affairs Council yesterday [press accounts here and here]. Here are a couple of excerpts:

Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want, whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed. We need to listen, we need to listen to the views and respect the collective will of our Democratic allies. When we believe international action is necessary, whether military, economic, or diplomatic, we will try to persuade our friends that we are right. But we in return must be willing to be persuaded by them.

[. . .]

America must be a model citizen if we want others to look to us as a model. How we behave at home affects how we are perceived abroad. We must fight the terrorists and at the same time defend the rights that are at the foundation of our society. We can't torture or treat inhumanely suspected terrorists we have captured. I believe we should close Guantanamo and work with our allies to forge a new international understanding on the disposition of dangerous detainees under our control.

There goes McCain's one genuine advantage as the "national security" candidate. McCain intends to apply John Kerry's "international (read European) test" to any American military action in the future. I should stop here and remind my readers that president Bush tried to line up European support for the invasion of Iraq but failed because the governments of France and Germany were on Saddam Hussein's payroll!

What will president McCain [God forbid] do when our allies have been bought off by our enemies and refuse to put their stamp of approval on some action which he sees as necessary?

Couple McCain's determination to make the foreign policy of the United States subordinate to the wishes of the European Union with his support for open borders and his plans to close Guantanamo Bay and bring the terrorists into the United States where they will enjoy the full range of constitutional protections given to any American citizen accused of a crime, and where they will be free to recruit among the US prison population, and you might as well have Obama or Clinton in the White House. Well, except on the one issue of winning the ground war in Iraq. McCain does have the right idea on that. But that is just one battle in the overall war on Islam and not even the most important battle at that.

But the most terrifying part of McCain's speech was not about war or terrorism. It was about the environment:

We need to be good stewards of our planet and join with other nations to help preserve our common home. The risks of global warming, the risks of global warming have no borders. We and the other nations of the world must get serious about substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years, or we will hand off a much diminished world to our grandchildren. We need a successor to the Kyoto treaty, a cap-in-trade system that delivers the necessary environmental impact in an economically responsible manner. We Americans must lead by example and encourage the participation of the rest of the world.

It is now known that global temperatures have maxed out and are even heading downward. In fact he long term cycles of solar activity which are what actually drive global temperatures are probably taking the earth into a period of cooling like the earth experienced in the "Little Ice Age". And John McCain wants to subject the American economy to a ruinous policy which is predicated on the reality of the discredited global warming hoax.

You may be saying that the Democrats all buy into global warming as well so what's the difference.

The difference is this. When gasoline is approaching $5.75 per gallon and people are having to cancel their vacation in order to use the money to heat their homes in winter and the American public is seeing a serious diminishment of their standard of living all so that we can fight global warming but the summers are getting milder and the winters are getting colder they are going to be mad.

In fact mad doesn't even begin to cover it. They are going to be white hot with fury and looking to take it out on somebody. And the "somebody" will be the political party of the president who signed the global warming legislation.

All you Republicans who are willing to bend over and grab your ankles for McCain because you figure that at least he'll use K-Y Jelly and a rubber and the Dems won't need to stop and think very hard about this. Obama, McCain or Clinton. Any of them will be a disaster as president. Let me say it again. When McCain got the Republican nomination any hope of a positive outcome for the nation in November died. Having a good, or even not too bad, president for the next four years is off the table. It just isn't going to happen.

Our job now is to minimize the damage as much as possible. John McCain knows that he is going to need to convince a lot of conservatives to vote for him or else he can't win, yet he gives a speech in which he sounds like John Kerry on foreign policy and Al Gore on the environment!

If John McCain can't even pretend not to be a liberal now when he desperately needs conservative support what do you think he will be like after he has been sworn in as president [God forbid] and doesn't need conservatives any more?

Whoever the next president is it is going to be a disaster for the nation. Who do you want to get the blame for that disaster the Republican party or the Democrat party?

Which party do you want the public to turn to in 2012 to pick up the pieces the Republicans or the Democrats?

Remember the time between 2008 and 2012 is going to be a trainwreck and there is not one damn thing we can do about it because the Democrat party is what it is and the Republican party chose to nominate a Democrat this time around.

It is not defeatist to admit when you have lost a battle and it is not cowardly to retreat to a stronger defensive position from which to reorganize your forces to launch a counterattack when the time is right. There is no honor or intelligence in clinging to the delusion that just because John McCain has an "R" next to his name that he will be somehow better than a person with a "D" next to his or her name.

In fact clinging to a fantasy just because you find reality unpleasant is an act of the most profound cowardice.