On Morning Joe today there was an interview with Jon Huntsman, talk about Afghanistan and the disagreement over pulling out or staying to establishment stability, a big deal over Gingrich's Tiffany's account which Gingrich's campaign says was never used and was closed, but the only thing of real interest was the clip of John McCain calling anyone who wants out of Afghanistan an isolationist, then claiming they don't understand history. McCain is an arrogant fool when it comes to foreign policy -- just because he was a prisoner of war doesn't give him special wisdom regarding foreign policy issues. Here's some history for McCain -- in the 50s, after several failed attempts to achieve Israeli/Arab peace, John Foster Dulles decided to effect regime change in Egypt by any means necessary, except assasination. Dulles helped stage coups in the region and attempted to shift the power game among Arab states, and the US withheld aid from Nasser. In response, Nasser, in 1956, nationalized the Suez Canal, sparking a series of convulted events involving Britain, Irael and France, then Russia -- America eventually saved Nasser after previously plotting his overthrow. In his book, Power, Faith and Fantasy, Michael B. Oren describes the results:
Spurred by romantic notions of Middle East nationalism and an anticolonialist creed, the United States had banded with its perennial Soviet enemy against its European friends and saved an Egyptian dictator whom Dulles had plotted to depose. In return for pursuing this meandering course, America earned contempt from the Soviet Union, acrimony from the British and French, and antagonism from many Arabs. Rather than express gratitude to the nation that had saved him, Nasser denounced the United States as the new imperialist power in the Middle East.
This is the point which history makes, and which McCain/Graham/Lieberman, and now Obama and all statists who intervene internationally to create some cherished form of change, can't understand -- our interventions have failed because we can't change the world through military might, we shouldn't try to change the world, especially when the rest of the world doesn't want to change according to our plans. We can protect our borders and citizens from attack, and that should be all we do. In Afghanistan and Iraq and Libya and Yemen and Pakistan we are making the same mistakes which led to Mideast hatred of America in the first place. We have tried to change the Mideast from the beginning of our country, and it hasn't worked. McCain should read the history.
Oh, Huntsman is a perfect centrist darling -- he's going to be civil, intelligent and articulate while Obama's attack dogs chew both his legs off.