Then Again…

…when I am reminded of McCain’s foreign policy, and the general attitude of the vast majority of the Republicans in that regard, the prospects of voting for McCain dim considerably. While I’m not certain either of the Democratic candidates are as willing to stand for an ethical foreign policy as I’d like, and Clinton seems very willing to take a belligerent stance when it suits her purposes, neither seem to relish the imperator role like their presumptive opponent.

Jeff Huber, retired Navy Commander, is a rather witty commentator on the military and politics in his blog Pen and Sword. He had some rather scathing thoughts on McCain’s recent faux-pas in Iraq.

It must be a kick in the head to base your claim to the presidency on your savvy in foreign affairs only to have it get out that Joe Lieberman knows more about them than you do. I bet it’s a lot like how I feel when my dog corrects my grammar in front of people.

One would like to think that Senator John McCain misspoke when he said in Jordan during his tour of the Middle East that the Iranians have been “taking Al Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back.” He is, after all, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the GOP’s designated crown prince, so you’d think he’d be aware that the official rant is that Iran is training Shiite Iraqi militants, not the Sunni al Qaeda guys. But no, McCain made the Iran-al Qaeda accusation four times in just over three weeks, and it wasn’t until Lieberman cooed something in his ear that he said, “I’m sorry. The Iranians are training extremists, not Al Qaeda.”

The question is, of course, whether McCain is really that dumb and/or senile or if he’s just being a diligent echo chamberlain of the neoconservative agenda. It may be that he lives in a bubble even more opaque than the one Mr. Bush occupies. Then again, he may be a Cheney class Machiavellian. As historian and journalist Gareth Porter noted on March 22, “Sen. John McCain’s confusion in recent allegations of Iranian training of al-Qaeda fighters in Iraq is the result of a drumbeat of official propaganda about close Iran-al-Qaeda ties that the George W. Bush administration and neoconservatives have promoted ever since early 2002.”

Whatever the case, McCain is a key component of the disinformation campaign designed to revive the world order we thought we’d put out of its misery at the end of the 20th century (Pen and Sword, “McQaeda” ).

He also tackles Cheney’s duplicity regarding Al Qaeda and the administration’s simian chest-beating over Iran in the same post. Biting, but very shrewd.

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One Response to “Then Again…”

  1. KStuart Says:

    The Iraq War should be like any war and it should follow the general theme of the Book of Mormon, which is consistent with the 98th section of the D&C, which outlines the rules for engagement. In line with both of these sacred documents, and in line with previous success stories in U.S. history, we should have the following plan of attach.

    As a nation, we should do everything we can to publish peace. Once the peace process looks fruitless, or does not lead to peace, we move to the conflict stage looking to the Lord for guidance. When the Lord delivers the enemy into our hands, we must act decisively and in a manner that ends the resolution quickly. A few examples would be Nephi when he retrieved the plates of brass, or Captain Moroni, or Ammon. They all tried to publish peace, but when that failed and they were unable to solve the problem peacefully they petitioned the Lord. The lord delivered the enemy into their hands and they acted decisively – cut of heads, arms or slaughtered thousands.

    A modern day example would be WWII. We did everything possible to solve the conflict peacefully with the enemies of good. When that failed, we took decisive action and solved the problem with a high powered weapon. Another good example is when the US acted decisively against Iraq the first time. In either instance, we were not afraid to solve the problem through force.

    The wars that have been problematic include both wars with China (Vietnam and Korea) and the second conflict with Iraq where we have not been decisive. We started off ok in both instances, but then got mired in the conflict. In WWII we were willing to use whatever force necessary to solve the problem. We were willing to bomb churches, schools, hospitals or residential areas; and we were willing to use an atomic bomb. We have lost this courage and this is why we are losing wars.

    Again, we must do everything possible to resolve our conflicts peacefully. If this fails, we look to the Lord and when he delivers the enemy into our hands we must act decisively.

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