Perhaps Old Johnny “Walnuts” McCain is still embittered over his selection of Spongebrain Squarehair (even though he claims Palin was a better VP choice than Romney) costing him the presidency in 2008, but you would think he still thought it was 2008 and he was the Republican presidential nominee looking to prevent the weak Kenyan kid from stealing his chance to impose a perpetuation of Bush’s neocon policies. President Bush may not have been in Tampa, but his hawkish, disastrous war policies certainly were.
The longtime Senator and 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate offered what could be deemed the most tepid endorsement of Romney yet and, much like every Republican speaker thus far, used the speaking platform to put out as many lies and smears about Obama as possible. For a man who once strongly opposed the Bush Administration’s torture program, McCain was sure twisting and stretching the truth on Obama’s leadership and foreign policy actions like he were the second coming of Tomas de’ Torquemada. Indeed, it was a very troubling and ugly road for the senator to take, especially considering he has since recaptured a lot of the old statesmanlike John McCain of the past.
In what can only be described as a return to the nightmarish days of Bush’s endless neocon primacy, horribly misguided military adventurism, and fear-mongering–of which Lady Liberty is till in a decontamination chamber–Senator McCain slammed President Obama’s handling of crises around the world and for weakening America’s military might.
“I trust Mitt Romney to know that good can triumph over evil, that justice can vanquish tyranny, that love can conquer hate, that the desire for freedom is eternal and universal, and that America is still the best hope of mankind,” McCain said. (USA TODAY)
Although not clearly mentioning Obama by name, you don’t exactly have to be a Washington insider to know who McCain was referring to when he said “from Latin America to Asia, Europe to the Middle East, and especially in Israel — a nation under existential threat — to doubt America’s leadership.”
Conspicuously absent from McCain’s lovely homage to 2004 disingenuous fear-mongering was the very fact that President Obama helped wind down the war in Iraq and led a successful raid against Osama Bin Laden, the guy who was actually behind 9/11 and who George W. Bush wasn’t really interested in getting anymore and who Mitt Romney himself said we shouldn’t ‘move the heavens’ to try to catch.
And for a veteran of an ugly and mismanaged war, one would think McCain would at least mention of the sheer fact that our perma war state-building, boondoggle in Afghanistan is resulting in the loss of American lives by the very Afghan police we’re supposedly training, or how military Keynesianism is what caused our deficit to spiral out of control and weakened us at home by siphoning money way from much-needed domestic programs. Of course this is a glaring issue on the democratic side, which will hopefully be address at the DNC convention in Charlotte.
McCain was very harsh about Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan, now running for 11 years.
“By committing to withdraw from Afghanistan before peace can be achieved and sustained, the president has discouraged our friends and emboldened our enemies, which is why our commanders did not recommend that decision and why they have said it puts our mission at greater risk,” McCain said to the occasional U-S-A chants. (USA TODAY)
Let’s face it, here: Romney’s a draft dodger with no military background and whose foreign policy appears to be identifying which country he’ll hide his money in. Enriching military contractors and creating more bloated defense all under guise of “advancing freedom and liberty” in the undemocratic world isn’t a debate I think Romney, the master of the free market universe, really wants to have. After all, with the exception of some missteps in Afghanistan, President Obama has largely been incredibly successful on foreign policy. So maybe it’s time to let Senator McCain know that it’s no longer 2004 and that exploiting national security as a dog whistle to the very people whose children fight our wars will just result in greater deficits and cases of military suicides.
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