Has anyone else seen this opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal written by John McCain? As I read through it I was deeply troubled. Along with many others, I really feel like America has lost some of its credibility over the last few years. How could someone read this and not see hypocrisy?
“For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call.”
How can other nations NOT see our move against Iraq as international aggression?
“the Russian government stated that it was acting only to protect Ossetians. Yet regime change in Georgia appears to be the true Russian objective.”
Wait. Wasn’t regime change in Iraq our prime objective?
“Russian claims of humanitarian motives were further belied by a bombing campaign that encompassed the whole of Georgia, destroying military bases, apartment buildings and other infrastructure, and leaving innocent civilians wounded and killed.”
The civilian death count in Iraq is almost 100,000 right now and we’ve destroyed billions of dollars of their infrastructure.
“The world has learned at great cost the price of allowing aggression against free nations to go unchecked.”
They didn’t learn it from us.
As a nation, we have lost our moral high ground. How can we honestly lecture other countries about peace without drawing derision?
One more thing: I normally vote Republican. Don’t write me off as a left-wing liberal. I’m a guy who has voted Republican since Bob Dole for crying out loud!
I submitted this as a letter to the editor to the Waco Tribune-Herald and they printed it (albeit 2 weeks later!).