Off-topic: McCain’s Blatant Disregard for the Obvious

I hate to write an off-topic post, but I can’t hold back any longer. After watching the presidential debate last night, I am fed up with John McCain’s complete and blatant disregard for the obvious. He seems to be operating in a vacuum and it’s time to call him out.

In regards to the “surge” in Iraq, McCain and Bush constantly tell us about the continued success of this tactic and how it has caused a major decrease in violence. I will concede that the “surge” has helped. However, McCain and Bush have consistently failed to acknowledge that, coincidental to the timing of the “surge,” Moqtada al-Sadr implemented a cease fire with his Medhi Army. Isn’t it possible that al-Sadr’s cease fire has been an important and direct cause of decreased violence in Iraq?

Not only that, Bob Woodward recently made it known that the US has been using a covert operation targeting insurgent leaders in Iraq. This tactic is separate from the “surge.” Sure, the success of the covert operation may be due in part to the “surge,” but has had success on its own merits. Therefore, if I am correct, the reduction in violence in Iraq is due not only to the “surge” as McCain would have you believe, but also because of al-Sadr’s cease fire and a covert US operation.

In the debate, McCain inferred that Russia’s recent military action in Georgia was unprovoked. Did he forget that Russia did nothing until Georgia made a military incursion into South Ossetia? Did McCain forget that his friend, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, was warned by Western countries, including the US, not to make any military moves that could provoke a response from Russia? Saakashvili ignored those warnings and we have seen the results. I am not saying that Russia was completely right in the way they handled the situation, but McCain’s inference that Russia was unprovoked is flat out wrong.

If you don’t believe me, think of what the US has done itself. In the original Gulf War, Iraq invaded Kuwait and the US, being friends with Kuwait, went in with military force, pushing Iraq out of the country. Sounds similar to Russia, a country supporting South Ossetian independence, going into South Ossetia and pushing Georgia out with military force, doesn’t it? Remember, this is not a discussion about Russia’s failure to abide by the cease fire agreement, it is about their initial actions.

Let’s not forget the US invaded Iraq in 2002, without any provocation. Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 terror attacks, had no weapons of mass destruction, and al-Qaeda had no presence in the country. In reality, we did not like Saddam Hussein’s regime and have a huge interest in the region’s oil reserves.

McCain needs to realize that in our new global society, the US cannot operate under one set of rules and expect the rest of the world to function with a different set of rules. That is why the US is disrespected and no longer liked around the world. The US can be a world leader without dictating rules to other nations. Ultimately, all countries should be operating under a single set of rules that are agreed upon by a majority of nations.

Other examples of McCain’s obliviousness do exist, but I won’t discuss them here. Just don’t get me started on how un-presidential it was for McCain to say he looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes and saw three letters, KGB. I have no problem with McCain thinking that way, but it was absolutely stupid to say it out loud. Nice way to insult a world leader, John! Why doesn’t McCain just say if he is elected to the presidency, he wants to have poor relations with Russia? It would accomplish the same thing, but is much more diplomatic.


Well said, Mark. And yeah, McCain's "KGB" line was quite appalling.

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