Let’s just say…I’m less than enthusiastic about this passage from a speech John McCain delivered today to the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles.
One of those responsibilities is to be a good and reliable ally to our fellow democracies. We cannot build an enduring peace based on freedom by ourselves, and we do not want to. We have to strengthen our global alliances as the core of a new global compact — a League of Democracies — that can harness the vast influence of the more than one hundred democratic nations around the world to advance our values and defend our shared interests.
At the heart of this new compact must be mutual respect and trust. Recall the words of our founders in the Declaration of Independence, that we pay “decent respect to the opinions of mankind.” 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. We need to listen to the views and respect the collective will of our democratic allies. When we believe international action is necessary, whether military, economic, or diplomatic, we will try to persuade our friends that we are right. But we, in return, must be willing to be persuaded by them.
Why does this sound like John Kerry’s “passing the global test”. Remember that? If you don’t, here it is.
“No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded — and nor would I — the right to preempt in any way necessary, to protect the United States of America,” the Democrat told moderator Jim Lehrer during the debate.
“But if and when you do it, you’ve got to do it in a way that passes the, the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people, understand fully why you’re doing what you’re doing, and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.”
This definitely isn’t the John McCain we heard during CPAC. It does sound more like the John McCain for Independents and moderate Democrats. It sounds like the John McCain for Amnesty candidate.
If we elect this John McCain, Chavez will have nothing to worry about.
Amnesty, John Kerry, John McCain, War, Policy, Pacifist