John McCain’s Stupidity Continues…

August 14, 2008 at 6:52 am | Posted in American politics | 1 Comment

in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call.

Um…America Invades Iraq. That is usually called “stark international aggression.” But hey IOIADI (It’s Okay If America Does It).

Some Americans may wonder why events in this part of the world are any concern of ours. After all, Georgia is a small, remote and obscure place. But history is often made in remote, obscure places.

Forgetting the lessons of World War I, (though he may have been alive back then) McCain correctly states that history is often made in remote, obscure places. Like, oh, Serbia. 14 million souls died thanks to those Serb nationalists.

Yet regime change in Georgia appears to be the true Russian objective.

Hmmm, regime change appears to have been the true American objective the last time “stark international aggression” occurred. Because we did it, we must assume that others do it to. But that’s not really Russia’s goals, only what McCain wishes for Americans to believe. It is a lie, but McCain has dispensed with even pretending to be an honorable truth teller.

There are credible reports of civilian killings and even ethnic cleansing as Russian troops move deeper into Georgian territory.

Let’s make this lie even bigger. Let’s add the incendiary “ethnic cleansing” lie. What better words to get Americans riled up!

At the same time, we must make clear to Russia’s leaders that the benefits they enjoy from being part of the civilized world require their respect for the values, stability and peace of that world.

Heh, I don’t think McCain realizes how empty these words are thanks to his twin, Mr. Bush. Once again, IOIADI (It’s Okay If America Does It).

The U.S. has cancelled a planned joint military exercise with Russia, an important step in this direction.

Silly, childish reaction.

As I told President Saakashvili on the day the cease-fire was declared, today we are all Georgians. We mustn’t forget it.

Is McCain, dare I say, a bit presumptuous to claim this for all Americans when he doesn’t represent all Americans?

Are Republicans this silly, this stupid?


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  1. “Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

    – Hermann Goerring


    “Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.”

    – Julius Caesar

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