Thursday, May 15, 2008

McCain and US Foreign Policy

An extensive an interesting article in the New York Times on The McCain Doctrines, an analysis of the future Republican candidate's views on America's military role on the international scene. His support for the war in Iraq is and will continue to be a difficult thing to defend for John McCain throughout the entire campaign, but nevertheless he says that he learned the lesson :

“I think we’ve learned some lessons,” McCain told me. “One is that the American people have to be willing to support it. But two, we need to work more in an international way to try to beneficially affect the situation. And you have to convince America and the world that every single avenue has been exhausted before we go in militarily. And we better think not a day later or a week later, but a year and 5 years and 10 years later. Because the attention span, unfortunately, of the American people, although pretty remarkable in some ways, is not inexhaustible.”
I'm eager to read a similar material about the future Democrat candidate.