Thursday, August 14, 2008

McCain: "Nations Don't Invade Other Nations"

Can you believe this guy?

I don't know if he's confused, forgetful or just hypocritical. Yet here's John McCain actually telling reporters in Michigan, "In the 21st century, nations don't invade other nations."

Huh? What does McCain call Bush's war in Iraq, which he has ardently defended since the days of "shock and awe"? Doesn't that qualify as an invasion? How about Afghanistan?

The video clip above stands as proof that McCain actually made this statement.

Perhaps McCain should have stated, "In the 21st century, other nations don't invade other nations. Only we do." 

McCain could then explain that we're the leader of the free world, unlike those bad Russians, so when we invade other nations, it's justified. And if one justification proves false, we can always resort to another, from WMD to ties to Al Qaeda to establishing democracy to fighting the terrorists who have shown up in Iraq as a result of our invasion.

As an explanation for McCain's statement, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and put aside possible hypocrisy. I believe that it's just more McCain confusion. This, after all, is the candidate who referred to the Iraq/Pakistan border, even though the two countries don't share a border. Who confused Somalia for Sudan when asking, "How can we bring pressure on the government of Somalia?" Who referred to "President Putin of Germany." Who said that troops in Iraq are "down to pre-surge levels" when there were 20,000 more troops than at the beginning of the surge. Who twice mistook Sunnis for Shiites in Iraq. Who referred several times to Czechoslovakia, a nation that no longer exists since being divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on January 1, 1993.

Pretty strange for a candidate who admits that he doesn't know much about economics, but bills himself as a strong foreign policy man. Perhaps foreign policy isn't his strong suit either. If it were, he'd realize that we've invaded another nation–actually two–and he's just fine with it. Right now, in the 21st century.

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