Through The Static

April 27, 2008

John McCain’s serious foreign policy

Filed under: Politics,World News — disciplepete @ 11:01 am

Barack Obama received an unsolicited endorsement a couple of weeks ago from the top political adviser of Hamas, the Palestinian militant group/political party which is listed as a terrorist oganization by the U.S. Lately, John McCain has gotten some mileage out of this on the campaign trail, playing up the fact that Obama is endorsed by “terrorists” (implying that he will be soft on terrorists), while saying that he (McCain) will be “Hamas’s worst nightmare.” All this hubris begs the question: Why should Americans be so damn concerned with Hamas in the first place? This opinion piece from Salon.com delves into the issue:

What possible reason would a U.S. President have for turning himself and our country into a “nightmare” for Hamas, let alone its “worst nightmare”? Hamas is a single-issue Palestinian group, focused exclusively on its “territorial dispute” with Israel (and, in light of its victory in the U.S.-demanded election, is also now preoccupied with governing the Palestinian Authority). Is there anyone who thinks that Hamas has tried to, will try to, or ever could attack the U.S.? Hamas is an enemy of Israel, not the U.S. Is that a distinction we even recognize any more?

 

What exactly is the point of feeding Israel billions of dollars every year in military aid if we’re going to deem every one of its fights to be our fight, and every one of its enemies to be our Enemy? Is that actually what Americans want to do: insinuate ourselves even more into other endless, intractable religious and ethnic conflicts in the Middle East?

More disturbingly still, this chest-beating threat from McCain is merely the latest in a long line of adolescent, mindlessly belligerent war cries emanating from the Serious foreign policy candidate…

…Add to that his merry singing of the joys of dropping bombs on the Iranian people, and it’s clear that McCain’s foreign policy approach seems even more childishly bellicose than the current occupant of the Oval Office. (article)

 

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