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John McCain's Foreign Policy Speech

John McCain Just Gave the Speech of His Career

I'm spellbound. This is the best foreign policy speech I've heard in the campaign to date. McCain just spoke in LA, and he sounded more presidential than I've ever heard him sound.

Here's the text of the speech. More reaction to follow!

"I hold my position because I hate war." Chills. Did you hear the speech? What do you think?


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lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Jillness, in my last comment I didn't mean for it to seem like I was completely disagreeing with you. I do see where a lot of his speech was similar to what Democrats have said the past couple of elections. I don't agree with everything McCain says and thinks by any means. (For example, I think his campaign finance ideas are a violation of free speech.) Anyway, part of the reason I like McCain is because of his ability to unify. I believe that he truly believes in everything he says and people from both sides of the spectrum agree with him. I feel like he has effectively taken things from both the past Democratic and the past Republican platforms and combined them into what could be a successful foreign policy. Also, does anyone else think it's interesting that, in a lot of other countries, a US Democrat and a US Republican would be in the same party? This is particularly true when looking at the history of the world as a whole. Just something to think about...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I definitely don't think this is too big of a departure from what McCain, who has always represented the more liberal wing of the Republican party, has said in the past. And, I definitely don't think it's all what Democrats have said in the past, either. A lot of Republicans have talked about the ineffectiveness of the UN for years nows, citing the need for a new international organization, kind of like McCain's League of Democracies. As far as the environment argument goes, that was the part of the speech I cared for least, but I still think it's extremely different from the way Democrats typically approach the environment issue because McCain wants to develop ways to help the environment as a means of helping the economy. (I don't think this was in the speech, but I read it elsewhere. He went into how the US government created the Internet, which turned into a huge business, stating that maybe the US government could do something similar with environmentally-safe products. But, like I said, I don't think that was gone into too much in this speech.) As far as the "recycling" things from his past op-ed, it doesn't bother me at all because he was simple re-using his own words. Just like Obama used words extremely similar to Deval Patrick's because they were effective, McCain used words similar to his own words in the past because they were effective. I don't see anything wrong with that. (And, for the record, it didn't bother me when Obama "recycled" Patrick's words, either. Believing what you're saying is the most important thing, even if you or someone else has said something similar in the past.)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Jillness maybe you're right, maybe it is the context... Its one thing to hear "America is awful. We brought this on ourselves. We're to blame for everything, so lets get diplomatic to fix it." and another to hear "America is a good nation. Americans are good people. But we need to do X, Y, and Z to get back to how good we used to be and to stay that way." I'm exagerrating of course, but I haven't heard very many speeches from the Dems that don't blame first and then solve. So maybe it is context.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Ok...I have read the speech. I liked it, but that is because it is filled with the Democratic platform! Leading the way in nuclear arms reduction, the environment, gathering support in the international is all things that democrats have been saying for so long now. I am a little surprised that so many of the conservatives on this site liked it so much, because I think when similar things were said by a democrat in the past, people scoffed. I am not trying to be mean, and perhaps some people trust it more when it is coming from McCain, but I just don't understand the double standard. I also though his depiction of Iraq's progress to be a too positive. From the many reports I have seen, that isn't the case. He has been there, of course, but so have many journalists who film documentaries. Huge amounts of people don't have plumbing or electricity and are living in poverty. I don't think we should abandon Iraq, but we must pressure them to work on their own government. We can't build it for them, and political progress has not been made during the lull of the surge. Attacks in recent days, including on the green zone, are suggesting that the lull won't last for much longer, and I feel they could have made significant progress in their government if our government had been more on the ball. Since we are literally paying them, it is in the best interest of some to draw this out. I also thought it was an interesting choice to recycle parts of the speech from 2001. But to each his own.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Lil, I live in the northwest, our sports teams lose like it's their job so I feel your pain. I look at it like they decided last year they weren't going to wait until the playoffs to choke so they just got it over with in September. My Blazers were doing so well for a while, but if they were in the East they would be a lock for the playoffs so in this case it's just a strong conference working against us.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
2M after 116 wins and then not making it to the world series, I feel there is not hope ;) My nieces softball team is being coached by one of the Mariners. I will find out who it is for you. I know it is a big name player. p.s. GO YANKS!!!!!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
2M, I know how it is...I'm an Indians fan (at least they made it to the post-season), a Browns fan (they were one game away from the play-offs), and an Ohio State football fan (the choked in the national championship TWO YEARS IN A ROW). It's no fun to have all of your teams lose!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I'm a logo! It's like I'm trying to be seen as a whore for corporate America, but really I just love my boys...although I would love them more if they didn't collapse at the end of the season again, but I digress...
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
well I'm a DOG, for goodness sakes! :)
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Yeah, except me. I sort of feel left out. You guys are pictured as hot. I am a dead old (amazingly brilliant) man.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
It's Gemma Ward. She's an Australian model, but she's done a ton of work in the US, as well. I love her!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Strike a pose!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Its like Battle of the Models around here!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Who is that lil?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
OK, Jillness. I totally copied off you and found a picture of my favorite model.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
HaHa! Jill it totally messed with me too! I kept looking at the screen of comments and I would read mine thinking they were someone else's.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
It completely messes with my head when people change. I remember being confused when the panda left!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Hypnotic I would NEVER forget about that! :pimp:
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Ah Jill. Too sweet! Cabaker before I changed my avatar I had a picture of a Panda up forever! I think literally years! Jillness may remember. Back when citizen was just pop.
indielove indielove 9 years
So...that would mean that I look like Obama then? Wow...I'll take that as a compliment.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Cine and Cabaker are classics, like their pics!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Hey cabaker27 don't forget your day job is pimping me out. I'm looking at Cadi's now.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Yea Cine your avatar is kind of a throw off, but its so cool, how can you not love it?
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