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Thursday, August 14, 2008

McCain: A 20th Century Leader

There is a great new must-read post up today from Andrew Sullivan, who meditates on the state of American power in the world, the botched rationale for Iraq and the Georgia-Russia conflict. Money quote:

A thoroughly twentieth-century figure, [Sen. John McCain] lives and breathes war and conflict as a state of being. For him, it is always 1938 somewhere; America's duty is to control, occupy or intervene wherever any rival seeks influence and any group does not share our alleged values. And so American power must be brought to bear in Georgia and Iraq and Iran and Burma and Darfur and Bosnia and anyplace else where American interests are threatened or democratic allies seek help. And for militarist American exceptionalists, this all makes sense. This is the higher purpose McCain lives for: the glory of liberation, the thrill of conquest, the adoration of the soldier, the defeat of evil.

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