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Today's Note From a Madman

March 27, 2008


Bush (44)

The Presidential campaign of John McCain boils down to one issue. Iraq. The Arizona Senator has no choice but to back a war he knows was wrong at its inception and is still wrong today. McCain, in order to get elected, has to prove that Iraq is the number one issue; he is the only one who could handle it; and - get ready for this one - George Bush was right!

Good luck there, fellah.

Although McCain promises that his new foreign policy, which includes the war he wishes to inherit and continue in Iraq, will be one which seeks the input of our allies, the biggest part of that policy, and the most expensive part as well, will still be the now-unilateral occupation of Iraq. Although a President McCain would wants a -no-go-it-alone approach to foreign policy, he'll have no choice but to "Stay the course" in Iraq and simply "go-it-alone".

That is, of course, McCain believes that he can convince our allies to get into the game against their citizens' collective wills and send soldiers in to help. If he believes that's going to happen, then he truly has become my crazy old Uncle Ed.

McCain, sounding more and more like Bush (44) than The Maverick he once was, is actually looking at Iraq in face-saving terms.

Leaving Iraq would be an "unconscionable act of betrayal, a stain on our character as a great nation."

It's the same foreign policy which kept us in Vietnam for well over a decade (nearer to two decades, in total). You'd think a guy who was a "guest" at the "Hanoi Hilton" - the North Vietnamese prison and torture palace - would know better.

He doesn't, or he has an ulterior motive. I believe it's the latter.

McCain's motive has to be to differentiate himself from the Democratic candidate he will face in November. Although he has tried to focus the attention on his foreign policy experience over the limited years which Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama have been in office, he knows that this argument alone won't get him elected. So now he appears on his way to an eight-month attack on the reality of Iraq. he is going to stop saying it WAS a mistake, as he used to, and begin to claim it as a great crusade (although I doubt he will actually use that word). McCain has already begun spreading the Bush word that Iraq was "worth it" in the very same manner as Vice President Dick Cheney did just last week, and he's going to keep on telling us all that because his future depends on enough American voters believing him.

"Those who claim we should withdraw from Iraq in order to fight al-Qaeda more effectively elsewhere are making a dangerous mistake."

This statement reminds me of just last week when McCain first blamed Iran for funding and training al-Qaeda in Iraq, then had to be reminded by Joe Lieberman that Shiite Iran and Sunni al-Qaeda are actually enemies. If McCain were truly being honest, that statement would have read something like this:

"We need to leave Iraq and finish the job in Afghanistan where the Taliban - supporters of al-Qaeda - is coming back in force due to the poor policies of the Bush administration."

But that's not going to happen. Once you strap your star to a wagon, it's hard to get unhitched.

"Those who argue that our goals in Iraq are unachievable are wrong,"
-McCain, again

And just what are those goals anyway, Senator McCain? It appears the only set goal is to make the military-industrial complex - today known as no-bid military contractor friends of George W> Bush - wealthy and the American middle class disappear. If that's the goal, then you're truly on your way.

McCain should run on the mantra of "Four More Years." after all, electing him would give us exactly that: Four more years of the failed policies of George W. Bush. It's more than "change" that we need today - it's about survival.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to The Health Care Mandate, Carol Yost writes:

Your healthcare plan doesn't make any sense. You talk about mandate, but you don't say how anybody could afford it. Again, as I said before, you don't have to force people at ALL to get insurance. Just make it something they can afford.

Not only that--of course, as you well know, getting insurance doesn't mean you're covered when illness strikes, since your claim can be fully or partially denied by those same greedy insurance companies while they continue to collect your premiums.

I also don't see how your mandate plan will get us any closer to universal single-payer healthcare, which we both advocate. Mandate isn't a stepping-stone.

And Madman responds

I've published my health care plan previously and have provided funding for it. I can reprint it if necessary.

But I insist that any health care plan which doesn't include everybody is still missing a necessary point. Obama's plan would be a good plan IF it included everyone.

And it's a big IF.

In response to the Double Standard, Bob Driscoll adds:

The list of Democrat Politicians who have slimed themselves, and others in the process, is miles long. You can't seem to mention them without bringing up Republicans.

If you think that New York can't get anymore bizarre, just look across the river to New Jersey, err . . . I mean The Socialist Republic of New Jersey!

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-Noah Greenberg