by Emmett R Smith
In Los Angeles The Damned (pace H L Mencken) on Wednesday, 26 March, as reported by Mr Michael D. Shear in the Washington Post, Mr Arizona Republican Senator John “Desert Rat” McCain before the World Affairs Council meeting there ventured to wax globally, about american foreign policy problems. His was a bold solo in the general gloom. The gentleman from Tempe whistled bravely his part, a threnody that might well have been rendered by his Democrat challengers rather by the sickly wail of a lone oboe:
“Today we are not alone,” Mr Republican Senator McCain said.
“Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed.”
The thorny problem of repairing our damaged relations abroad was the leading theme of the Arizona Republican’s prentice foreign-policy exercise in this nomination campaign. He says that he sees most of all the need henceforward for collaboration with our foreign partners such as they now are, in our foreign policy. Somehow actually to work with other governments of course is a matter for urgent consideration. It is one that is past due by over five years now. It was criminally neglected as a matter of doctrine by the false conservatives of the NeoCon Asses & Insensate Secret Zionists School, Mr Paul “Hairpin” Wolfowitz & The Rest Of The God-Damned. So now it is in a kind of penance that cooperation in the World by America is vitally to be sold by Mr Arizona Republican Senator McCain. Above all, these somewhat overage fish now must be flogged to whatever, and whomever, is still not rotten in his — our — Republican Party
This is because, whether we like it or not, Iraq is our “moral responsiblity” — code for our mess — and if Mr Republican Senator McCain can put across any iota of common decency, it will be as well the sole hope in Hell of saving an unworthy party.
The GOP has been stolen for many years, and ridden into the ground by careerist sociopaths and demented historical theorists.
This dirty postcontemporary GOP’s current status is, therefore and objectively, that of a criminal front for interglobal corporations. Many indeed are the thieves and bullies, and the destructive maniacs responsible, and it is therefore from power-crazed moral scum of this sort that Mr Republican Senator McCain desperately is trying to redeem our party. His is an uphill struggle above all because he is trying to preach just a little bit of “abstinence” and responsibilty to those same snorting unislamic hogs among us conservatives who have long preferred to fob off this sort of depressing stuff about restraint onto our teenagers, various Mexicans and other nonwhite foreigners, The Lesbians and late-night Tee Vee hosts, anyone but themselves.
Unfortunately, it remains in the nature of vileness that in history the full draft often has to be drunk.
Evil spoils all in the vicinity (a fact remembered at least by some theologians, if not most humanists), and Mr Arizona Republican Senator John McCain is not magically exempted, neither by his young heroism nor his latterly non-ideological postures. In fact, that the rather elderly dry country reptile is ambitious for the Presidency is in itself morally ambiguous, and so he has to throw hisses, wads and sops to the very scoundrels he is trying to wean. This by definition means he can get no pass from us who are actually conservative, not a bit of it.
Sooner or later any politician, and every american President, must deal with the Devil in Hell.
The longer the spoon the better too, because this ineluctable need for compromise is as ironclad as it may be also, in the present case, fatal. The common problem faced by any politician, and every american President, is shown by the fact that on first announcing “responsibility,” Mr Republican Senator McCain then called himself a “realistic idealist,” with a bow to the Secret Israelis in the audience no doubt. And then, carried away perhaps, he lurched from common sense to ideal sensibility, asserting the far more dubious proposition disguised as a mere corollary now, that “democracy in Iraq is necessary for a peaceful world.”
All of this was comprehensive stuff, part and parcel of his criticism of the administration’s dealings — and the announced motley of Democrat “ideas” for future dealings — with foreign allies, not to mention in Iraq itself. Despite the fact that peace in Iraq (and not “democracy”) is really what is needed for peace in the World, criticism was needed said the Arizona Republican because “reckless” withdrawal from there would be an “unconscionable act of betrayal, a stain on our character as a great nation.” The truth of that ought to be evident of course, except to the very hyenas Mr Republican Senator McCain is trying hardest to persuade and win over. What is not so clear though is how so simple a blinding glimpse of the obvious can conduce so directly to misbegotten hyperbole:
“Those who argue that our goals in Iraq are unachievable are wrong, just as they were wrong a year ago when they declared the war already lost in Iraq,” he said, and that “those who claim we should withdraw from Iraq in order to fight al-Qaeda more effectively elsewhere are making a dangerous mistake.”
Because of the common compromise-problem, “democratic” responses necessarily were derisory:
Mr Illinois Democrat Senator Barack Obama’s spokesman Mr Bill Burton went after the erstwhile McCain, whom he typed as committed to “four more years of George Bush’s failed policies, including an open-ended war in Iraq that has cost us thousands of lives and billions of dollars while making us less safe.” Mrs New York Democrat Senator W J Clinton, however, was more conciliatory in precisely the mccainean manner:
“…[T]here is much to praise in Senator McCain’s speech, [but] he and I continue to have a fundamental disagreement on Iraq.” She repeated her call for “a swift and responsible withdrawal from…another country’s civil war.” In advance of all this detergent, however, the old gila monster for whom softsoap is clearly no novelty had churned out a final comprehensive wash of suds for suds:
In a dry rustle of dandruffy scales there on the tiles in LA, he summarized matters to do with Persia, would eject Muscovy from the Group of Eight industrial nations until they got right on the currently up-to-date democracy talk, mentioned the “central challenge” of Cathay and then — carried away again maybe — kited off into the general assertion of yet another, possibly supplementary, blinding glimpse of the obvious, saying that the United States should take a “different approach” to future conflicts.
As a break then from the repetitous suffocation, there came now tossed as well a bone for The South, when the gentleman said that the United States on his watch would “eradicate malaria” in Africa and continue to put over a western hemisphere free-trade zone. “Relations with our southern neighbors must be governed by mutual respect, not by an imperial impulse or by anti-American demagoguery,” was the quote then and so far, so good, only the Arizona Republican Senator then slipped a disk or two, when in the mode of Old Churchill he called for a “global compact — a League of Democracies” that would unite the world’s free countries against tyranny, disease and environmental destruction.
Unfortunately, all the realistic idealism (sic) got all mashed unrecognizably together rather a bit, when Mr Arizona Republican Senator John McCain next tried tacitly to resurrect Old Churchill’s moral theme of will and free will in History, notions lately rather badly smeared over the two-party shithouse walls by the late NeoCons, when he said that “China,” as Cathay is latterly called by the more advanced policy-wonks, and America are “not destined to be adversaries.”
That much at least is good to hear.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 1 April 2008]