The Broken Records

I think next year as an April Fool’s joke, Joe Lieberman and John McCain should team up to write an op-ed about which countries they don’t want to go to war with. Instead we get “LIEBERMAN, MCCAIN: IN LIBYA, REGIME CHANGE SHOULD BE THE GOAL”.

Indeed. Perhaps a good time to link back to my 2008 article on McCain’s love of war and review some of his classic ideas like when in the 1990s he wanted us to wage simultaneous wars on Iraq, Serbia, and North Korea:

Transforming the Kosovo conflict from a war fought with limited means for limited objectives to a ground invasion of Yugoslavia aimed at producing unconditional surrender in Belgrade would have divided the United States from our NATO allies, stripped the war of any legitimacy under international law, and risked creating the sort of deeply problematic post-war occupation the country has been enjoying in Iraq. Hence the Clinton administration’s hesitancy. Eventually, the war was brought to a successful negotiated compromise that avoided a quagmire while securing Kosovo’s autonomy. McCain characterized this outcome in a March 2000 floor speech as “unacceptable circumstances” (i.e., diplomacy) leading to a “weak and endangered peace” (i.e., compromise). Thus, having previously positioned himself on the extreme hawk side of debates over the Korean peninsula and Iraq, he secured the trifecta by assuming the same position on the Balkan situation.

Lieberman’s no different. And, really, asking these guys about foreign policy questions is a joke. The answer is always war, always regime change, always “toughness” and then we move on to the next one.