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McCain's Schizophrenic Foreign Policy

I begin to believe that "McSame" is not the right appellation for John McCain...he so clearly aspires to be "McWorse". It frightens me that he could

I begin to believe that "McSame" is not the right appellation for John McCain...he so clearly aspires to be "McWorse". It frightens me that he could be considered a legitimate candidate by any one with more than a two digit IQ. Unfortunately, the Media/McCain Man-Love is so strong that rarely does any news that detracts from "Maverick/Straight Talkin'" meme get through to the average Joe.

But Fareed Zakaria at Newsweek (I know, I was surprised too) broke away from the hivethink to chronicle just how dangerous McCain's understanding of foreign policy is:

On March 26, McCain gave a speech on foreign policy in Los Angeles that was billed as his most comprehensive statement on the subject. It contained within it the most radical idea put forward by a major candidate for the presidency in 25 years. Yet almost no one noticed.

In his speech McCain proposed that the United States expel Russia from the G8, the group of advanced industrial countries. Moscow was included in this body in the 1990s to recognize and reward it for peacefully ending the cold war on Western terms, dismantling the Soviet empire and withdrawing from large chunks of the old Russian Empire as well. McCain also proposed that the United States should expand the G8 by taking in India and Brazil-but pointedly excluded China from the councils of power.

We have spent months debating Barack Obama's suggestion that he might, under some circumstances, meet with Iranians and Venezuelans. It is a sign of what is wrong with the foreign-policy debate that this idea is treated as a revolution in U.S. policy while McCain's proposal has barely registered. What McCain has announced is momentous-that the United States should adopt a policy of active exclusion and hostility toward two major global powers. It would reverse a decades-old bipartisan American policy of integrating these two countries into the global order, a policy that began under Richard Nixon (with Beijing) and continued under Ronald Reagan (with Moscow). It is a policy that would alienate many countries in Europe and Asia who would see it as an attempt by Washington to begin a new cold war.

By what perverse metric could this possibly be seen as in our country's best interest? It's not bad enough that Bush has alienated all of the Middle East against us, now we have to piss off the entire world?

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