Jun 24, 2008

McCain's Image Campaign: "I Hate War", You believe me don't you?

Soft, sentimental music plays with this message. Playing now on a TV near you (video also at article source), including in small states like West Virginia as well as those listed as battle grounds . Now this is consistent with McCain's strategy as the article McCain and the Neocon Resurgence points out:

Many observers in Washington believe that McCain intends to pull a shrewd maneuver to enhance his electability by packaging himself as someone who can end the partisan divide in Congress. McCain knows that the Republican Party's conservative base, which mistrusts him, has nowhere else to go in national elections.

This is quite a contrast to his "Bom, bom, bom...bomb, bomb Iran" to the Beach Boys segment here:

Will the real John McCain please stand up? Going into war with Iraq had nothing to do with "keeping the country I love safe", whatsoever, unless you still believe Iraq was behind 9/11 and possessed WMD. These are neoconservative wars (see Pat Buchanan's article here) planned in advance of that "catalyzing event" and "new Pearl Harbor", 9/11, and James Woolsey and Bill Kristol (key neocon and PNAC members) are among his advisers.

McCain's real foreign policy is called rogue state roll-back:
By 1999, in defense of Clinton’s war [ed. which republicans justly criticized, but now forget about when GWB does the same], McCain was declaring, “I think the United States should inaugurate a 21st-century policy interpretation of the Reagan Doctrine [not], call it rogue state rollback, in which we politically and materially support indigenous forces within and outside of rogue states to overthrow regimes that threaten our interests and values.
--i.e. more wars of global revolution and "regime change" for democracy!

clipped from www.cbsnews.com
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New McCain Ad: "I Hate War"

John McCain's campaign has released a new 30-second television ad, "Safe," in which the presumptive GOP presidential nominee discusses his and his family's experiences in war.
According to the New York Times, Democrats believe McCain is spending $3 million or more on ads expected to begin running today. McCain is focusing on battleground states: "Democrats monitoring his spending said the commercials would run in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada and New Mexico; beginning on Saturday, he bought time in Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania."
"Only a fool or a fraud talks tough or romantically about war," McCain, looking directly at the camera from in front of a stark black background, says in the spot.
I hate war. And I know how terrible its costs are. I'm running for President to keep the country I love safe.