Saturday, May 17, 2008

McCain's dangerous backward foreign policy - a return to the Cold War

McCain apparently wants to start a new Cold War with Russia and China, undoing decades of diplomacy. His idea of kicking Russia out, and excluding China from the G8 group of industrialized nations (that comprise the majority of the world's production and industry), was called by Newsweek: "the most radical idea put forward by a major candidate for the presidency in 25 years."

So, McCain's vision includes increased tension with China, a country whose economy is growing at triple the rate of the US and is poised to overtake the US in superpower status, and Russia, one of the largest producers of oil and home to the majority of unaccounted for nuclear weapons. Now... that'll keep safe, don't ya think? More of the same arrogant bullshit isolationist antagonist foreign policy. Is that what we need?

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.

The single most important security problem that the United States faces is securing loose nuclear materials. A terrorist group can pose an existential threat to the global order only by getting hold of such material. We also have an interest in stopping proliferation, particularly by rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea. To achieve both of these core objectives—which would make American safe and the world more secure—we need Russian cooperation.

John McCain doesn't have to worry much about the future... in his 70's, he doesn't have much time left. Yes, vote for McSame - the same neo-con isolationist heavy handed cowboy diplomacy that has put America in it's present situation. Vote for McSame to return to international tension, more war, more hard times and an infinitely more dangerous world.
"We get off on war"

- Rod Parsley, John McCain's spiritual advisor

What we need to do is come to grips with the fact that the world is changing, the power is shifting, and that we should embrace that phenomenon rather than fight it. We need to bring countries like Russia and China into this global system. As China continues to grow strong, if we further alienate them, it will hurt America. Instead of jealously guarding our spot as 'the world's foremost superpower,' we need to think more about common goals, and what's going to create greater stability, not more tension.

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