December 11, 2006

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A Call to Arms Is Made Here By McCain (RUSSELL BERMAN, December 11, 2006, NY Sun)

Senator McCain is signaling that in shaping his foreign policy platform for a 2008 presidential campaign, he will carry President Bush's message of promoting freedom and democracy abroad.

Taking his presidential exploratory tour to New York last night, Mr. McCain offered a defense of the Bush doctrine at a time when it is facing criticism from members of both parties who say America's policy in Iraq is unrealistic.

Mr. McCain, who has emerged as a leading contender for the Republican nomination in 2008, said the promotion of democracy in the region is crucial, even at the risk of anti-American regimes rising to power through the electoral process.

"If the alternative to our democracy promotion efforts is a return to the days in which we simply supported pro-American dictators throughout the Middle East, I say this cost is too high," Mr. McCain said.

"If the despair, the alienation, and the disenfranchisement wrought in Middle East autocracies contribute to the horrors of international terrorism, we owe it to ourselves and the world to promote change," the Arizona senator said in a speech to more than 800 Jewish leaders and philanthropists at the Waldorf Astoria.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 11, 2006 8:49 AM
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