Riding the warhorse: Introducing President McCain
By Missy Comley Beattie
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Apr 28, 2008, 00:14
allow your brain to conceive of John Sidney McCain as president of the United
States. Then, form in your mouth the proper noun, President John McCain, and
let it roll off your tongue into the room and ears of those nearby. Practice it
because it is what you will be saying when George Bush leaves office although
you will know that George and John are one and the same. President John McCain.
McCain many more troops will die. And not just in Iraq and Afghanistan. If the
situation, now, is not genocide of the Iraqi people, it will be under President
John McCain who will, most likely, spread the disease of war to other
As our military
force is depleted by roadside bombs, suicide bombers, and sniper fire in
addition to suicide, which is on the rise among our stretched and
multi-deployed troops, the ranks will explode with a different kind of service,
one that�s already operational. These are the people once turned away from
recruitment stations -- the criminal population. Also, the private army will
increase. Highly paid, federally funded Blackwater mercenaries, mostly
unaccountable to the rule of law, will swell.
conscription will be reinstated.
War will be a way of
life. Future generations will say they don�t remember a time when our country
was not at war.
McCain says he hates war but he seems to also despise negotiation.
Talking about his
years as a prisoner in Vietnam seems to give him pleasure. He reminds us of it
John McCain will
ascend not just because ours is a society that praises soldiers who are ordered
to destroy but also because the mainstream media salivate over him. He dropped
bombs and napalm from high in the sky, never seeing those whose skin he melted,
and he became a hero here at home. He destroyed persons who must have wondered
what they�d done to incur his fury, and he was lauded back in the US. A legend
was born. A massive ego was created. He perceives himself as a
kaleidoscope of sacrifice and heroism, the candidate who will send more
battalions to Iraq and will not leave Iraq until success is achieved.
understands this and is ramping up her alpha female by bullying Iran, proving
her loyalty to Israel. Barack Obama says he has what it takes to protect
Israel. But they are out of their league compared to John McCain who actually
livens up a bit, managing to not look like he was just exhumed, when singing
about bombing Iran and issuing harsh warnings to North Korea, Syria, and
Despite the world
consensus that the US has lost its moral standing and power, so many Americans
refuse to believe that our might doesn�t make us right. Even some who oppose
the war think that John McCain can best handle Iraq.
And, then, there�s
McCain�s latest triumph. When the North Carolina Republican Party created an ad
calling Obama �extreme� because of his association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright
and implied that Obama heard Wright�s sermons, McCain condemned the ad. For
this, he should be proclaimed McSaint. How wily he and his handlers are. The
media grabbed this ball, airing the ad, over and over, while extolling the
goodness of McCain for his denunciation of the swiftboating of Obama. Gullible
voters will say McCain�s a man of great character, adding this to the war-hero
status and the maverick image.
We are so easily
The truth is that
McCain carries the weight of too many years inside the Capital Beltway and is
known to brim with the rage of a tyrant whose demands have been ignored.
But he grins and
calls us his friends when he talks about his soul mate, war.
Say it. Get used to it.
Missy Beattie lives
in New York City. She's written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life
Magazine. An outspoken critic of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq,
she's a member of Gold Star Families for Peace. She completed a novel last
year, but since the death of her nephew, Marine Lance Cpl. Chase J. Comley, in
Iraq on August 6,'05, she has been writing political articles. She can be
reached at: Missybeat@aol.com.
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