Thursday, August 14, 2008

Quote of the Campaign from McCain

Maybe I was the last person to see this, but my jaw dropped when I heard it.

"In the 21st Century, nations don't invade other nations."

I'm still speechless.


openmind said...

Are you comparing the invasion of Iraq with the invasion of Georgia? Huh.

bonobo said...

Not necessarily any more than you just did when you used the word "invasion" with each of them. If John McCain had said "In the 21st Century, nations don't invade other nations unless they have a really good reason," then there would be room to argue that there was a really good reason for Iraq but not Georgia (an argument that you'd have to put a little effort into if your opponent was any good). McCain didn't say that. He was clearly trying to draw a bright line between good and evil, us and them, and has clearly failed to understand or remember that Bush's doctrine of pre-emption has placed us on the wrong side of that particular bright line.

Invading Iraq means that we now have to evaluate each new invasion, of anyone by anyone, on the merits. Blanket condemnations of invaders includes us.