Maybe it would be better if McCain loved war

John McCain wants to be sure that we all understand one thing very clearly: just because he ferociously favors the Iraq war and gives every indication of wanting to start another one just like it against Iran, doesn’t change the fact that he detests war.

You’re feeling better already, aren’t you? I know I am.

I mean, why should McCain be disqualified from the title of being a “war hater” just because he’s never seen a prospective war he hasn’t loved?

David Vitter probably hates prostitution. Mark Foley, no doubt, detests improper advances towards congressional pages. Just because you lustfully pursue something doesn’t mean you can’t hate it.

John McCain truly and deeply detests wars, he just loves getting and keeping the United States in them. What could be easier to understand?

And they say Richard Nixon was a complicated man.

(Reuters) McCain seeking to assure Americans, “I detest war

Republican presidential candidate John McCain is attempting to reassure Americans that “I detest war” even as he strongly backs the current U.S. war strategy in Iraq.

McCain and his aides point to his past as a Vietnam prisoner of war as evidence that he is well aware of the sacrifices involved in war and not eager to get the United States involved in more conflicts if elected in November.

“Somebody who understands war, understands the military and has foreign policy and diplomatic experience is the best person to avoid war,” said McCain senior adviser Charlie Black. “McCain is the last guy who wants to go to war and he knows all the other steps to do to avoid it.”

I’ll let you in on a little secret: the older I get the less I give a shit what’s in a politician’s heart. Lyndon Johnson, for example, hated the Vietnam War. Around 58,000 Americans nevertheless died there. From a human standpoint, I can feel some compassion for Johnson — a man who quite clearly felt himself trapped by the war. But from the standpoint of what happens in the real world, really, who gives a shit?

What’s important is that our leaders avoid policy disasters like Vietnam and Iraq, not how much their precious souls bleed when they don’t.

So, if John McCain says that he detests war, I’ll take him at his word. But as long as he continues to advocate a dangerously militaristic approach to foreign policy, you’ll forgive me if I don’t take a lot of comfort from that.

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2 Responses to “Maybe it would be better if McCain loved war”

  1. Larkrise Says:

    War is McCains Raison d’etre. He wants to settle old scores by fighting anything that moves. He was tortured and humiliated by the North Vietnamese. It has left deep scars on his emotions and resonates constantly in his subconscious mind. He suffers from PTSD, as evidenced by his short temper and mood swings. Has he overcome some of it? Yes, enough to function. But, he wants to get even; and any target will do. So, he will keep on fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan; and start his own war in Iran. He is driven to do this by his very personal demons, which he refuses to acknowledge. This is much like Bush, who rather obviously and continuously tries to outdo his Old Man, and to hell with who or what is destroyed. Same with McCain. He is fighting his own internal war, but projecting it on the external. He has to show he is tough, he can take it, he can win this time. He can kick some butt and kick it hard. His own mother admits his family did not discuss his time as a prisoner of war. All that anger, humiliation and pain has been stuffed. The man is a ticking time bomb. He has a short fuse. Too much power and too much stress will set him off like Mt. St. Helens.

  2. alwayshope Says:

    “I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed. It must be exciting for you…in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger.”
    -GW Bush in Afghanistan

    “Only a fool or a fraud sentimentalizes the merciless reality of war.”
    - John McCain

    At least we know the old fart will hate the next neocon war as much as the other ones. Little comfort indeed.

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