Wednesday, April 16, 2008
McCain not that different from Bush
Here's an excellent piece by Chuck Pena analyzing John McCain's recent foreign policy speech. Most of the news media portrayed him as fundamently different from Bush, mainly because he vowed not to "go it alone" unilaterally in battling the central threat he perceives, that of radical Islamism. Such analysts, Chuck argues rather persuasively, overestimate Bush's unilateralism -- he's said he's willing to act unilaterally but he does try to gather allies -- and underestimate the policy similarities between McCain and Bush. If anything, McCain might be even more aggressive militarily than Bush.