October 24, 2008

Game. Set. Match.


The case for McCain is straightforward. The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism. An apocalyptic, soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. A nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation. A rising Russia pushing the limits of revanchism. Plus the sure-to-come Falklands-like surprise popping out of nowhere.

Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who’s been cramming on these issues for the last year, who’s never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign-policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of “a world that stands as one”), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as “the tragedy of 9/11,” a term more appropriate for a bus accident?

Or do you want a man who is the most prepared, most knowledgeable, most serious foreign-policy thinker in the United States Senate? A man who not only has the best instincts, but has the honor and the courage to, yes, put country first, as when he carried the lonely fight for the surge that turned Iraq from catastrophic defeat into achievable strategic victory?

There’s just no comparison. Obama’s own running mate warned this week that Obama’s youth and inexperience will invite a crisis — indeed a crisis “generated” precisely to test him. Can you be serious about national security and vote on November 4 to invite that test?

And how will he pass it? Well, how has he fared on the only two significant foreign policy tests he has faced since he’s been in the Senate? The first was the surge. Obama failed spectacularly. He not only opposed it. He tried to denigrate it, stop it, and — finally — deny its success.

The second test was Georgia, to which Obama responded instinctively with evenhanded moral equivalence, urging restraint on both sides. McCain did not have to consult his advisers to instantly identify the aggressor.

Today’s economic crisis, like every other in our history, will in time pass. But the barbarians will still be at the gates. Whom do you want on the parapet? I’m for the guy who can tell the lion from the lamb.

Posted by Robert at October 24, 2008 08:53 AM | TrackBack

And if it is The One who's taking the 3 am call, what is he going to do, immediately call up Joe Biden? Barack will take Joe's immediate gaffe at face value and either 1) initiate nuclear war or 2) surrender unconditionally.

And that'll happen when the phone call is simply the Andorran embassy misdialed, they really wanted a pizza delivered.

Posted by: rbj at October 24, 2008 12:21 PM

I want a leader in the White House.
Not a puppet, not a victim, not a mascot.

McCain is a proven leader.
Obama is not.

Palin is a leader.
Biden is not.

Join Team Sarah (TeamSarah.org)
A Million conservative women, whats not to like.

Posted by: Marvin at October 24, 2008 01:30 PM

I want a leader who can distinguish friend from foe (strengthen the former and deter the later). This is the big time, and when the brown smelly stuff hits the fan, I want a leader that can speak clearly and forcefully.

I am not John McCain's biggest fan, but this isn't even close. I'm voting Republican.

Posted by: kmr at October 24, 2008 07:38 PM

I am not a fan of McCain and my disagreements with him over his populism, tendency to paint anyone who opposes "campaign finance reform" as corrupt,and immigration would fill pages. Nevertheless, he gets it on the fact we are at war with radical Islam, and he gets it on abortion, taxes, and the role of the judiciary. That is close enough for me.

Posted by: LMC at October 25, 2008 06:11 AM