McCain for President, cuz he's CRAZY!

Via Democracy Arsenal, Max Boot has an op-ed in the LA Times:
President Bush has not done enough to back up his threats against Iran and Syria... part of a larger trend of Bush combining strong words with weak actions....

It is hard to see how Bush could reverse this decline in America's "fear factor" during the remaining year of his presidency. That will be the job of the next president. And who would be the most up to the task?

To answer that question, ask yourself which presidential candidate an Ahmadinejad, Assad or Kim would fear the most. I submit it is not Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or Mike Huckabee... Ironically, John McCain's bellicose aura could allow us to achieve more of our objectives peacefully because other countries would be more afraid to mess with him than with most other potential occupants of the Oval Office -- or the current one.
This has a little grounding in history. For instance, Khrushchev put missiles in Cuba in part because he thought he could get away with it, because JFK was weak and inexperienced. However this seems pretty remote from the current situation, given the over-reliance on the military in our foreign policy, a good deal of which is structural/institutional, and thus not dependent on the President's personality.

But if we want to elect McCain solely because he's trigger-happy and a little unbalanced, why stop at McCain? I say we resurrect Curtis LeMay from the dead and elect him. He's only slightly older than McCain anyway, and he surely would scare the rest of the world (seeing as they are insufficiently scared of our brilliant military policy in Iraq and Afghanistan).

An addendum - I find it ironic that the "crazy" candidate is publicly anti-torture, while the "reasonable" one, supported by Wall Street Republicans, wanted to double Gitmo.

5 comments:

subadei said...

I suspect the "imbalance" of McCain is greatly exaggerated. And if it isn't, then McCain, unlike Prez. GW, will come off as a someone who will fcuk you up on his own accord and not through the will of others whose design is to "advise" him.
McCain might be fiery but he's also decisive. Even if it pisses off his conservative fellows.

Adrian said...

True, but Clinton and especially Obama also come off as decisive but in a level-headed way.

I've heard a couple firsthand accounts of McCain's temper, so I'm not inclined to dismiss it as a personality characteristic, but in both times it was in social settings rather than policy settings.

Mike said...

I'm all for bringing LeMay back...I can guarantee you at least one thing: if LeMay was back, we wouldn't have charlie-foxtrots with the nuclear force like we had last year at Minot. He would put the fear of God into the entire military.

Of course, said military would probably last all of 30 minutes after he pushed the big red button, but there you go, I guess...

Adrian said...

LOL.

Bush also has a big red button...

Mike said...

Haha, an easy button would be nice.

Iraqi security forces, stood up. Sunni-Shi'a, reconcile. Osama, caught. NATO/ISAF, agree. Freedom, on the march.