McCain went on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos and defended his position to kick Russia out of the G8. Stephanopoulos notes that this is an unsupported position. McCain compares it to Reagan declaring “tear down this wall.” This really displays the utter dearth of comprehension in the Republican party. They have really drifted toward complete incompetence.
The reason why “tear down this wall” worked was that it exposed a contradiction in the Soviet system. One that Gorbachev tried to correct with glasnost. Contrast this with McCain’s condemnation of Russia:
They cut back on their oil supplies to the Czechs, because the Czechs made an agreement with us. They have now thrown out the — or forced out — BP out of Russia. And by the way, I — a lot of us thought that might happen. They continue to put enormous pressures on Georgia in many ways. They’re putting pressure on Ukraine. They are blocking action in the United Nations Security Council on Iran.
Those are the big crimes: cut back oil supplies to the Czechs, forced out BP, “pressure” on Georgia and Ukraine, and a refusal to go along with the US on Iran.
It is clear that McCain has completely bought into the imperial mentality. There is no reason to even disguise our ambition or reasons behind moral declarations as was done during the Cold War. The US is the world’s only remaining superpower, we do as we please. Go along with what we say, or else.
Maybe McCain didn’t notice, but we still have stockpiles of nuclear weapons. After the Soviet Union collapsed, there was a definite moment there when we could have disarmed, and made some real headway against the potential of nuclear holocaust. The course that was pursued was in fact, the opposite of this alternative. There was a deliberate decision to escalate via SDI, despite the fact that SDI will not work. It will just trigger a new arms race.
McCain may think antagonizing Russia in these petty ways is a good thing, but that is exactly what makes him so dangerous. Let’s go down McCain lane. Let’s say we manage to get Russia kicked out the G8. Does this make them more or less likely to secretly give a nuclear weapon to Iran, like the US gave to Israel those many years ago? How does this not cause more problems than it solves?
In McCain’s world, we threaten and they shape up. History has shown that when we threaten, Russia responds in kind. What does this belligerence buy us? Do you want to die over BP?