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McCain’s foreign policy experience

McCain’s foreign policy experience

It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last, that John McCain has given us a glimpse into his checkered mind.

The other day in criticizing Senator Obama’s lack of military experience because of his suggestion that U.S. forces should depart Iraq, coinciding with the Iraqi government opinion, McCain argued that the person that should determine the course and duration of our mission is General Petraeus.

Really! I thought that was the responsibility of the commander-in-chief, the president of the United States.

But then McCain has also forgotten, I guess, what he said four years ago, appearing at the Council on Foreign Relations. McCain was asked, what we should do if a sovereign Iraqi government asked us to leave, even if Iraq was not yet secure.

“I don’t see how we could stay,” he answered then, “when our whole emphasis and policy has been based on turning the Iraqi government over to the Iraqi people.”

These are issues that may be petty and mundane to all of us not in the muggy governmental ethos of the Senate, but I find it disturbing that a man running for the most powerful position in the nation, if not the world, can so easily forget. Or seem not to know. Like the difference between a Shiite or Sunni, that Czechoslovakia has not been a country since 1993 when it was separated into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, that Iraq and Pakistan do not share a border, and that most, if not all, of his closest advisors are or have been in the recent past paid lobbyists for positions contrary to the American national security interest.

Some might say these and other issues are, indeed, important to the rest of us, especially if we plan to vote for the person for that powerful position.

Maybe it is his age. I’m older and I know that stuff. It’s called the Internet, blogging, Wikipedia and Google.

Walter Bernard

Nevada City

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