McCain’s “Isolationism” Smackdown of GOP Candidates

McCain Rips Republican Candidates for “Isolationism”

McCain is not cool with the growing “isolationist” vein running through the GOP. I can understand that, considering he is a POW who went through things most of us could never imagine. He invoked Reagan, the Republican demigod, saying that he would be disappointed with the debate and the candidates’ not willing to “stand up for freedom for people for all over the world.”

Yikes. Honestly, it’s not about that. The candidates are picking up on Americans’ feelings. A lot of us, including Republicans, are tired of war.

  • Iraq
  • Saddam and sons are dead. We helped them set up a government. What are we still doing there? Sure, we’ve “drawn down,” but at this point, shouldn’t we be able to leave? No contingent troops. Everyone home.

  • Afghanistan
  • It’s going on 10 years. Ten. It was the forgotten war when Bush decided to go after Saddam and his make believe WMDs. Obama made good on his promise to concentrate on the war that should have been center stage. I understand that thinking, but I believe any shot we had we blew a long time ago. That said, it was a pleasant surprise that we got Osama bin Laden. Awesome! This could be the turning point – our signal to leave. al Qaeda has long since moved their headquarters, and Osama bin Laden is dead. If we stay, what are we doing? Fighting the Taliban? That is not what we signed up for. We got the guy who masterminded the attack. And we can continue keeping our eye on al Qaeda through intelligence. Time to wrap it up, and go home.

  • Libya
  • War? Not a war? The sooner Qathafi dies, the faster we can stop the air strkes. Here’s hoping.

Since we have a lot of domestic problems to deal with, maybe an isolationist mindset is needed right now. How about we spend what we’re spending on the wars to pay down our debt? How about trying to win the hearts and minds of cynical Americans instead of people a half a world away?

Americans are growing weary of war. The GOP candidates know this, and they’re using it to their advantage. It can increase pressure on Obama to start packing it up in a huge way. At this point, I really don’t care who gets us out of the wars. Just get us out.

18 responses to “McCain’s “Isolationism” Smackdown of GOP Candidates

  • lobotero

    This man has lost his mind! To change the tone for a minute….did you hear that he is blaming illegal immigrants for some of the fires in AZ?

  • Snoring Dog Studio

    On the other hand, I’m relieved to see this disagreement occurring in the Republican party. It’s nice to see that they’re not a mindless monoculture. However, since the MO of the candidates is to disagree with everything Obama is doing, their stance seems to be more self-serving politics than ideology.

  • Hansi

    Couldn’t agree with ya more. We can’t continue to have “guns and butter”. We need to get the hell out of Afghanistan; its been a quagmire since the days of Alexander the Great. Let’s learn from history: Vietnam, USSR’s adventure there, etc.

  • beaglezmom

    McCain is starting to remind me more and more of Waldorf and Statler – those two old guys on the Muppet Show who hate everything. One minute he says we are too isolationist and the next he blames immigrants for a fire without any evidence – continuing to show American xenophobia at every turn. He’s always railing about something – whether or not it makes sense.

    The Bush administration got caught doing some “in the past” thinking and now we are all stuck with the price. In the past – war was great for the American economy. WWI and WWII brought work, factories, commerce – etc. Still thinking that was the case – Bush tried to push us into a war hoping for the age-old recipe to kick in. (War was the plan from the beginning – 9/11 just provided the ticket he could sell America to get us in). But – war doesn’t make money anymore. It takes it. Weapons are more expensive. A few defense contractors hold all the contracts so the general economy doesn’t get a boost. The army is bigger and requires more benefits and services than it used to. Figure in the corruption of groups like Haliburton and the fact most weapons and components are built in other countries – and you realize we did get a boom, we got a drain.

    We need to get our head out of the past, and our ass out of these wars.

    • Spinny Liberal

      I really do think it’s time for him to retire. He’s been through so much even before becoming Senator. Now, he’s just saying strange things like that illegal immigration thing?

      Thank you. The only one that benefited from this war was Halliburton.

  • afrankangle

    Late making my rounds. 😦 …. The fight is set up within the GOP.

  • Terrance H.

    [blockquote]Saddam and sons are dead. We helped them set up a government. What are we still doing there? Sure, we’ve “drawn down,” but at this point, shouldn’t we be able to leave? No contingent troops. Everyone home.[/blockquote]

    There are strategic reasons for remaining in Iraq. Get out a map.

    [blockquote]It was the forgotten war when Bush decided to go after Saddam and his make believe WMDs.[/blockquote]

    I would agree that the last administration believed Iraq was more important than Afghanistan. Clearly, it’s not. But it’s not fair to claim that there were no WMDs in Iraq. That’s just not reality. In fact, it’s an outright lie.

    From the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:

    Key Point:

    -Since 2003, Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions containing degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.

    Former inspectors have repeatedly said that Saddam refused to cooperate. Read one of Bill Tierney’s many interviews. He was an inspector for the U.N. and said publicly that he believes the weapons were removed under our noses. Whether or not that’s true is besides the point. What matters is that all indication at the time was that Saddam had them, or was trying to get them.

    To me, that still isn’t a good enough reason to march into Baghdad. I never agreed with theWwar in Iraq. I would have started with Afghanistan, then Iran, and solicited Saddam’s help. Then I would have killed Saddam.

    [blockquote]… but I believe any shot we had we blew a long time ago.[/blockquote]

    Absurd. You greatly underestimate the power of the U.S. Military, and grossly overestimate the resolve of the Taliban and their ridiculous fighters. They’re pathetic. Trust me, I know.

  • GaryM

    Obama is conducting a blatantly illegal war, so McCain’s response is to smear the opposition.

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