On March 26th, John McCain gave a much-hyped foreign policy speech at the World Affairs Council in
"We need to listen to the views and respect the collective will of our democratic allies," McCain said, in an echo of George Bush's 2000 campaign promise to play nice with our friends. "If we're an arrogant nation," Bush said at the time, "they'll resent us; if we're a humble nation, but strong, they'll welcome us." And we all know how that turned out.
Only a press corps so enamored with McCain could imagine that one of the staunchest supporters of the Iraq War would be capable of breaking with the current administration's unilateral adventurism. Despite his conciliatory rhetoric, McCain's hawkish views, and his long history of castigating allies who do not agree with him, leave little reason to believe that when it comes to restoring
1. NATO and our democratic allies. Perhaps the greatest window into McCain's ability to deal with
On this front, his record is not good. In fact, some of McCain's statements made those from Donald "Old Europe" Rumsfeld seem tame by comparison. Speaking at an international security conference in
Moreover, creating a "League of Democracies," McCain's signature proposal for how the
If McCain were to follow through on one of his many threats to bomb
While Kim Jong Il certainly isn't worthy of our coddling, this type of saber rattling will find little audience with two important partners:
Try as he might to distance himself from George Bush's abrasive foreign policy, John McCain has too long of a record to outrun. On
Ilan Goldenberg is the Policy Director and Max Bergmann is the Deputy Policy Director of the National Security Network.
By Ilan Goldenberg and Max Bergmann