March 12, 2008


McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq (Hans Nichols, 3/12/08, Bloomberg)

John McCain is at least as determined as George W. Bush to stay the course in Iraq and more confrontational than the president on foreign policy issues ranging from Russia and China to North Korea.

The perception that McCain is less bellicose than the administration is belied by his own positions. He's skeptical about Bush's plan to provide nuclear fuel to North Korea. He has signaled he would be tougher on China. And he called Russia's elections ``rigged'' even as Bush said he wanted a ``close'' relationship with the president-elect.

``On Russia and China, he is clearly more hawkish than Bush,'' said Ken Weinstein, chief executive officer of the Hudson Institute, a research group in Washington. be able to sit back and let the press and the Left make the case for your conservatism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2008 5:55 PM
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