The Madness of John McCain

by | Feb 2, 2008 | Stress Blog | 5 comments

by Justin Raimondo The American Conservative

By 1999, in defense of Clinton’s war, McCain was declaring, ‘I think the United States should inaugurate a 21st-century policy interpretation of the Reagan Doctrine, call it rogue state rollback, in which we politically and materially support indigenous forces within and outside of rogue states to overthrow regimes that threaten our interests and values.’

Prefiguring the revolutionary Jacobinism of Bush’s second inaugural address, which proclaimed the goal of U.S. foreign policy to be ‘ending tyranny in our world,’ McCain was straining at the bit to launch a global crusade while George W. Bush was still touting the virtues of a more ‘humble foreign policy.’ Neither time nor bitter experience has mitigated his militancy.

Other politicians were transformed by 9/11. McCain was unleashed. His strategy of ‘rogue state rollback’ was exactly what the neoconservatives in the Bush administration had in mind, and yet, ever mindful to somehow stand out from the pack while still going along with the program, the senator took umbrage at Rumsfeld’s apparent unwillingness to chew up the U.S. military in an endless occupation. He publicly dissented from the ‘light footprint’ strategy championed by the Department of Defense. More troops, more force, more of everything—that is McCain’s solution to every problem in our newly conquered province.

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