May 29, 2008

ONE LONG AGO GAVE UP... (via Kevin Whited):

Worse Than BushWhen it comes to foreign policy,: McCain is more of a neocon than the president (Fred Kaplan, May 28, 2008, Slate)

Many foreign-policy mavens have wondered which John McCain would step to the fore once he started running for president in earnest—the McCain who consorts with such pragmatists as Richard Armitage, Colin Powell, and George Shultz; or the McCain who huddles with "neocons" like Robert Kagan, John Bolton, and William Kristol (before he started writing op-eds for the New York Times).

Last month, the Times published a story about the battle for McCain's soul that's being waged by those two factions.

On Tuesday, McCain cleared up the mystery: He's with the neocons. He is, fundamentally, in sync with the foreign policy pursued by George W. Bush for his first six years in office.

...on the possibility of folks like Mr. Kaplan being able to differentiate a theocon from a neocon, but you'd think he'd have at least noticed that, where in 2000 George W. Bush was the candidate of the Religious Right, John McCain was the darling of the neocons, which is why W won. This time around Maverick filled the W role and the neocon favorites--Mitt and the Mayor--augured into the deck.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 29, 2008 7:13 PM

Fred Kaplan would have said this about any GOP nominee, no matter what positions were at issue.

More Bush - More Bush - MORE BUSH!!

These guys have about as much nuance as a wet dishrag across the face. It's all they know. It makes me wonder what they are going to be saying the day after the election.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 29, 2008 9:46 PM

It is amazing how people like Mr. Kaplan can't quite grasp that the United states has had an aggressive foreign policy since WWII, and the one administration that wasn't overly aggressive (Carter) was an unmitigated disaster.

Posted by: Mikey at May 30, 2008 7:28 AM

OJ, that theocon/neocon piece was fantastic! Just really really good...

Posted by: Benny at May 30, 2008 3:35 PM