Friday, August 15, 2008

And this is where the McCain campaign ends

Before it even begins:

John McCain: "My friends, we have reached a crisis, the first probably serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War. This is an act of aggression."

If you had someone who went into the first Gulf War to stop Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, well - that was not a serious international crisis.

The Serbian attacks on ethnic Albanians, the rapes and genocide there - that wasn't a serious international crisis.

Genocide in Sudan - well, that's not really serious, even though there's lots of oil in Sudan, which explains why places like China and Russia haven't been eager to get onto the "let's stop Sudanese government backed militias from killing people" train.

9-11? That wasn't a serious international crisis. 3,000 Americans dead, the launch of the biggest manhunt in the history of the world. If you had a loved one that died in that tragic event - guess what. John McCain doesn't think it was a serious international crisis.

The attack on Iraq to go after Osama bin Laden - well, not a serious international event, folks. All of those soldiers there were in for a lark, not to set a country free from religious radicals and hunt down the people responsible for killing 3,000 American civilians in cold blood.

The invasion of Iraq by the United States to stop weapons of mass destruction remove a dictator kill terrorists (that weren't there until after we invaded) - not a serious international crisis, for all of the "Coalition of the Willing" from nations such as Britain and Poland (don't forget Poland, damn it!).

But Russia responding to Georgia's dumb ass move - well, *that* is a *serious* crisis! Ramp up the bombers! Time to increase the size and power of the CIA again! This is *serious* stuff - ignore Osama bin Laden, forget Iran since it looks like we're not going to "bomb bomb bomb Iran" we have a new enemy to fear! Russia's back, and it'll be like old times again!

Or - we could run this clip on the news. Over and over again. Against our soldiers bravely fighting in Afghanistan. Against 9-11 victims. Against Albanian Muslims thankful that the US took action to save them. Of course, we'd have to be complete and utter dicks to do so.

But damn, it is tempting.

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