How Dangerous Is Quick-Draw McCain?

John McCain is an unstable hot-head who lacks the judgment to run the country. With his recent belligerent talk related to the Russo-Georgian conflict, McCain follows in the footsteps of the discredited neocons who still run the White House. This small cadre of right-wing radicals has had a disastrous stranglehold on power for the last eight years (see: Iraq).

McCain’s talk, and the confrontational actions of these war mongers, has alienated a needed potential ally for the sake of a corrupt “democracy” that stupidly provoked the Russian bear. This conflict is Saakashvili’s fault and, no offense to the Georgians, I don’t want a nuclear holocaust for the sake of this impetuous amateur’s bad bet.

Somehow, however, I think John McCain does. He is certain, that way, to go down in history.

Now, as the rhetoric flies, where is the statesman to stand up and cool things down? The Russians are not communists and their “democracy” isn’t much worse than the Georgians. Not only should we not be at war with Russia (we should be building and strengthening an alliance), but we can’t be at war with Russia. Setting aside that there is no vital U.S. interest at stake in Georgia, we simply can’t afford it financially.

This is another area where Quick-Draw’s lack of judgment is dangerous. Our treasury is empty. We are borrowing hand-over-fist to pay for our misadventure in Iraq. This borrowing has destroyed our economic flexibility to wage war. Frankly, we’re going to need to borrow a lot more just to salvage our economy (see: housing bailout, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac). A real war with Russia would be disastrous and wind up destroying America, one way or the other.

But this irrelevant to Quick-Draw McCain because there is an overarching principle at stake and reason and America’s best interest are peripheral factors in his thinking. What principle, you ask? A desperate desire for war. Cold, hot, whatever. This guy needs war. He is driven by a desire to outdo his father and bathe himself in glory. (You could speculate that another reason for this is that McCain is ashamed of being a POW.) He comes from a martial family and his entire mindset – that history is made by warriors – reinforces this idea.

How dangerous is Quick-Draw? Deadly, America. If you want more war, bigger war, deadlier war, McCain is your man.

Here is a motley cast of characters standing opposed to McCain’s Georgia policy: Pat Buchanan, Thomas Friedman, David Ignatius, Richard Clarke, and the man who tore down that wall, Mikhail Gorbachev.

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3 Responses to How Dangerous Is Quick-Draw McCain?

  1. FPMAN says:

    I don’t know about your psychological speculation about his motives but I do know that you are right about McCain’s basic disposition. His immediate reaction is to see the world through a prism of conflict. All the neocons dismiss world organizations and the United Nations and talks and press ahead with war. Why alienate Russia? Because of some lingering remembrance of the Cold War? But Ronald Reagan sat down with the Russians, negotiated with the Russians. He’d be ashamed at the unbalanced response of McCain.

  2. Tesh says:

    McCain is dangerous, but so is Obama. A nuclear meltdown is dangerous, but so is an economic one. The pain is just distributed differently. I’m not impressed with either of them.

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