John McCain has a vastly different definition of “isolationism” than most:
Republican Senator John McCain, his party’s 2008 presidential nominee, ripped into the current crop of Republican White House contenders, accusing them of breaking party tradition by preaching “isolationism.”
He says this on the basis of only two things really: the existence of Ron Paul (again) as a candidate, and that Mitt “Double Guantanamo” Romney somehow made the all together too reasonable comment that a foreign power can’t fight someone elses war of independence. Contrary to McCain’s view, one can (shouldn’t, but can) realize this without following it through to the conclusion that US forces should leave. A common view among the GOP base is to see how the US fights wars like old-school football fans see the rule changes in the NFL, like it’s somehow pussified to not carpetbomb civilians. Unlike on the NFL changes though, the GOP base doesn’t have a clue what they’re talking about, since tons of civilians still get killed regardless. Newer, shinier bombs and aircraft are just doing it now. It’s like if you could still do clothesline tackles and play through concussions in the NFL, but the uniforms were updated.
Only thing missing from this ridiculous blather is an invocation of Saint Ronnie. Oh, wait…
McCain said if former President Ronald Reagan were still alive he would have been disappointed in last week’s Republican presidential debate in which candidates voiced impatience with U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Libya.
“He would be saying: That’s not the Republican Party of the 20th century, and now the 21st century. That is not the Republican Party that has been willing to stand up for freedom for people for all over the world,” McCain said.
You say “standing up for freedom”, I say “backing fascist death squads south of the border and sowing the final blowback seeds that led to the post-Cold War wars in the middle east”. To-may-to, to-mah-to…