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Posted by alifinmath on February 5, 2008

My heart sinks to my boots whenever I contemplate either McCain or Clinton. Clinton because of her smug complacency and obvious insincerity and McCain because he’s an economic illiterate (well, so is Clinton) and doesn’t have all his marbles. But both will also be compliant and servile instruments of neo-con interests (this seems to be a prerequisite for high office in the USA today).

A piece in Jim Lobe’s blog:


Of course, McCain was the early favorite of Bill Kristol and the Weekly Standard back in 2000, and the latter’s most recent coverage, particularly by Dick Cheney favorite Stephen Hayes (he of the famous “Case Closed” leak that purported to prove beyond any doubt that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were long-standing friends and collaborators) has made clear that they are solidly in McCain’s camp.

Of course, the neo-cons admire McCain’s generally hawkish — not to say, militarist — views, particularly with respect to Iraq, even as they may disagree with him about trifles like what constitutes torture. And even if he didn’t become a charter member of the Project for the New American Century, he embodies, in many ways, whatever it was that Kristol and Kagan meant when they were writing about “national greatness” in 1996 in their Foreign Affairs article, “Toward a Neo-Reaganite Foreign Policy.” McCain’s little ditty about “bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb-Iran” — not to mention his willingness to maintain U.S. troops in Iraq for decades, if not centuries — must also appeal to the neo-cons’ neo-imperial agenda.


People like Gaffney, Pipes, and Perle make me acutely uncomfortable.


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