John McCain criticized Barack Obama Saturday for not denouncing comments from a speaker at a North Dakota Democratic Party event calling the Arizona senator a “warmonger.”
CNN Political Ticker – McCain criticizes Obama over speaker
The only problem… John McCain is a warmonger.
The Free Dictionary defines “warmonger” as: “One who advocates or attempts to stir up war.”
Here’s a sample of some quotes of McCain’s that I could locate:
Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. Like all wars, this one will have its ups and downs. But we must fight. We must. The sacrifices borne in our defense are not shared equally by all Americans. But all Americans must share a resolve to see this war through to a just end. We must not be complacent at moments of success, and we must not despair over setbacks. We must learn from our mistakes, improve on our successes, and vanquish this unpardonable enemy. If we do less — If we do less we will fail the one mission no American generation has ever failed: to provide to our children a stronger, better country than the one we were blessed to inherit. (Source: 2004 Republican Convention Speech)
It’s difficult to tell just which war the senator is talking about. For the preceding two paragraphs of the speech, McCain alludes to al Qaeda. However, this was the 2004 convention and as you read you realize he must be talking about Iraq:
We couldn’t afford the risk posed by an unconstrained Saddam in these dangerous times. By destroying his regime we gave hope to a people long oppressed that if they have the courage to fight for it, they may live in peace and freedom. Most importantly — Most importantly, our efforts may encourage the people of a region that has never known peace or freedom or lasting stability that they may someday possess these rights. I believe as strongly today as ever, the mission was necessary, achievable, and noble.
Ah yes… the noble war, in pursuit of peace and freedom, as wars always are.
Along with that, the mythical Iraqi peace McCain is “okay” with overseeing with his infamous 100 years (to be fair, McCain later clarified that to mean a thousand or a million years). Sure, McCain would like to equate our occupation in Iraq with our continued presence in European and Asian countries like Germany, Japan and South Korea. (Note: we’re still technically at war with North Korea, or rather I should say, “in conflict”, since the war was never declared, but currently peace only exists under a ceasefire… bet you forgot that didn’t you?)
And if Americans are safe wherever they are in the world, Americans — the American people don’t mind that. So what I believe we can achieve is a reduction in casualties to the point where the Iraqis are doing the fighting and dying, we’re supporting them, and, over time, then it’ll be the relation between the two countries.
Democrats, McCain and the Iraq War
Note how callously self-centered on American foreign policy McCain’s statements are. The American people don’t mind occupying a foreign country for a million years as long as its Iraqis who are doing the fighting and dying? What kind of sadistic bullshit is that? was our presence in Germany predicated on the understanding that if there were conflict between East and West Germany, it would be the Germans who are doing the fighting and dying, with perhaps some support from the US?
The fact is that Iraq is still far from stable (as the recent conflicts in Basra and Baghdad should indicate), and unlike Germany and Japan and South Korea it is populated by a people who do not want us there and among whom many are willing to fight to the death to see us out of there. Every poll taken indicates that a majority of Iraqis, even those who think a US withdrawal would risk an upsurge in violence, want us out, and immediately. There is every indication that the so-called “Awakening Councils” are just biding their time, collecting from us what materiel they can in preparation for our departure and the impending conflict with the Sunnis. That’s far from the ringing endorsement McCain suggests we have in staying in Kuwait (and I question if that represents the view of the Kuwaiti people or their government).
When it comes to war, McCain is talking out of both sides of his mouth. On the one hand, he laments war, and decries the horrors it visits, as his experience should undoubtedly attest. At the same time, he praises it as noble and necessary, and shows undiminishing naivete in believing that we can enforce our will upon a hostile population, pacify them, and then occupy them against their wishes forever. Or perhaps he thinks the Iraqis will come to love their new masters in time. After all, we, the nation who brought war directly to their streets, reigned bombs over their heads and killed hundreds of thousands, if not millions of their people, are the only ones qualified to maintain peace and stability in the region. It is, after all, our manifest destiny.
And of course we always have this gem: