Friday, October 31, 2008

Big Hearted Bomber

In a rather shallow and amusing piece about John McCain, Steve Inskeep gets deep with Jon Meacham of Newsweek. There were some very funny assertions made about singin' John the Bomber (not to be confused with Joe the Plummer!).

According to Meacham, McCain "has a very sophisticated view of the Vietnam War." And that view is...that the military was stabbed in the back and could have won - very sophisticated.

Meacham also notes that "this [the McCains] is a family that understands the price of war, and John McCain is not eager to use force...." Oh yeah, John McCain is soooo reluctant to use force (like in Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Iran). Yep, he was just so patient and careful about suggesting military action after 9/11 that some of us were wondering if he'd become a closet pacifist.

In fact regarding foreign policy Meacham sees McCain as "...ultimately a big hearted man who believes in, he has a far more romantic view of America's role in the world than Senator Obama does...has a more epic sense that America can be the America of 1945..." Gosh, doesn't that just make you feel all warm inside?


Anonymous said...

McCain apparently believes that he can "replay" Vietnam in Iraq -- only this time as a "win."

Unfortunately, he does not understand why we can not "win" in Iraq any better than he understands why we could not "win" in Vietnam.

It's rather pathetic really.

Here is a man who has spent his entire adult life trying to convince himself and the rest of us that he measures up to his father's military career, but who comes up woefully short.

Anonymous said...

Heh - sounds tack on a footer at the end of 'Kreepy's segment:

"I'm John McCain and I approve this message."

Anonymous said...

Hideous. Here is a man whose ideas about life come from Hemingway novels, read but poorly understood. Yes, his jingoistic views, hate-inciting campaign and callous treatment of his disabled first wife -- all evidence of a really big heart. And NPR's worship of all things military is childish and creepy.