A progressive reader is so outraged by the latest Clinton tactics that he wonders whether the country couldn’t survive four years of McCain.
Harold Myerson makes a good argument that the answer might literally be no: that McCain is just too dangerous to trust with war-and-peace decisions.
As early as 1999, McCain was recommending “rogue state rollback” as our policy toward such nations as Iraq. He remains an unabashed advocate of preventive war, as his comments on bombing Iran have made clear, and of permanent war, as his comments on remaining in Iraq have made clear. His advocacy of a missile defense system is rooted in a preference for military unilateralism — though it may stimulate a new arms race — over diplomacy. If you liked Bush’s foreign and military policy, you’ll love McCain’s.
Hard to say what’s more dangerous — McCain’s approach to the economy or McCain’s approach to the world. The thought of him answering the red phone at 3 a.m. fills me with foreboding. Hell, I don’t want him answering the red phone at 3 p.m.