July 18, 2007

Why I Don't Dislike John McCain

I disagree with him on so many issues. He's infuriated me to no end over the past six years on a number of occasions. Considering the current field, Senator John McCain's chances as the GOP nomination next year are, at best, a long shot. Personally, I hope he is not the nominee.

But all that aside, I have great respect for the man. Especially when he expresses himself like he did this morning.

Surely, we must be responsive to the people who have elected us to office, and who, if it is their wish, will remove us when they become unsatisfied with our failure to heed their demands. I understand that, of course. And I understand why so many Americans have become sick and tired of this war, given the many, many mistakes made by civilian and military leaders in its prosecution. I, too, have been made sick at heart by these mistakes and the terrible price we have paid for them. But I cannot react to these mistakes by embracing a course of action that I know will be an even greater mistake, a mistake of colossal historical proportions, which will -- and I am as sure of this as I am of anything – seriously endanger the people I represent and the country I have served all my adult life. I have many responsibilities to the people of Arizona, and to all Americans. I take them all seriously, Mr. President, or try to. But I have one responsibility that outweighs all the others – and that is to do everything in my power, to use whatever meager talents I posses, and every resource God has granted me to protect the security of this great and good nation from all enemies foreign and domestic. And that I intend to do, Mr. President, even if I must stand athwart popular opinion. I will explain my reasons to the American people. I will attempt to convince as many of my countrymen as I can that we must show even greater patience, though our patience is nearly exhausted, and that as long as there is a prospect for not losing this war, then we must not choose to lose it. That is how I construe my responsibility to my constituency and my country. That is how I construed it yesterday. It is how I construe it today. And it is how I will construe it tomorrow. I do not know how I could choose any other course.

I cannot be certain that I possess the skills to be persuasive. I cannot be certain that even if I could convince Americans to give General Petraeus the time he needs to determine whether we can prevail, that we will prevail in Iraq. All I am certain of is that our defeat there would be catastrophic, not just for Iraq, but for us, and that I cannot be complicit in it, but must do whatever I can, whether I am effective or not, to help us try to avert it. That, Mr. President, is all I can possibly offer my country at this time. It is not much compared to the sacrifices made by Americans who have volunteered to shoulder a rifle and fight this war for us. I know that, and am humbled by it, as we all are. But though my duty is neither dangerous nor onerous, it compels me nonetheless to say to my colleagues and to all Americans who disagree with me: that as long as we have a chance to succeed we must try to succeed.

I am privileged, as we all are, to be subject to the judgment of the American people and history. But, my friends, they are not always the same judgment. The verdict of the people will arrive long before history’s. I am unlikely to ever know how history has judged us in this hour. The public’s judgment of me I will know soon enough. I will accept it, as I must. But whether it is favorable or unforgiving, I will stand where I stand, and take comfort from my confidence that I took my responsibilities to my country seriously, and despite the mistakes I have made as a public servant and the flaws I have as an advocate, I tried as best I could to help the country we all love remain as safe as she could be in an hour of serious peril.

What a remarkable contrast to the man they call "Majority Leader".

And the Liberal media prattle on about how his position on Iraq is what's dooming his candidacy.

What morons.

Posted by Gary at July 18, 2007 02:48 PM | TrackBack

I have problems with John McCain - but as a candidate I think he could easily beat any Democrat. In fact I think a case could be made that he could more easily beat any Democrat than the other guys.

He is an outstanding person and would make a great president.

Posted by: steve at July 18, 2007 02:51 PM

Great quote. A great guy. I've never agreed with everything he says, but respect the hell out of him for saying it.

One thing - heaven forbid - that could help his prospects is that some wacko may just make his point for him. I wish I thought McCain's use of the word 'catastrophic' was hyperbole, but I'm afraid it won't be. Someone is going to take another shot at us at home, and for some reason that makes issues clearer to our countrymen.

Posted by: tdp at July 18, 2007 03:14 PM

If you are looking for liberals to debate, I have a bunch at my conservative blog. Come check it out and give me a hand

Posted by: The Game at July 18, 2007 03:22 PM

McCain is right, if America fails in Iraq, it will be catastrophic. We must fight, we must win, else we will ski the slippery slope to the bottom where hope will be reduced to who gets beheaded last.

Posted by: kmr at July 18, 2007 07:29 PM