Romney endorses McCain
Article added on February 15, 2008
Romney endorses McCain. Yesterday's news from the American presidential election
put additional pressure on Mike Huckabee to give up his race. However, he
refused to quit.
Mitt Romney urged
his delegates to vote for John McCain, putting the Arizona senator close to the required quota
of 1,1191 delegates to
win the Republican presidential nomination.
In any case, unless someone finds a skeleton in John McCain's cupboard, he
is certain to be the official Republican candidate. The question remains:
what is Mike Huckabbe looking for? At best, the position of vice-president -
or a lucrative TV-show; that was the not so far-fetched joke about his
candidacy in his home state of Arkansas.
The three highest rated contenders in the GOP field, John McCain, Mitt
Romney and Rudy Giuliani are all moderate Republicans with a certain appeal
to independent voters, although Mitt Romney decided to run as a right-wing
hardliner, contradicting his record as Massachusetts governor; the
credibility gap ultimately sank his campaign.
The survivor, John McCain, is the best possible Republican candidate. Unlike
Rudy Giuliani, who wavered in the question of torture, confusing 21st
century ethics with a Hollywood Mafia movie, and Mitt Romney, who suggested
to double Guantanamo, John McCain is the candidate who actually did
something against one of the worst nightmares produced by Bush junior: he
stood up against torture.
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The McCain Detainee Amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill for 2005
passed the United States Senate on October 5, 2005. The amendment prohibits
inhumane treatment of prisoners and had bipartisan support, because it was
adopted by 90 senators out of 100, with only 9 voting against it.
Unfortunately, the bill finally signed by President George W. Bush on
October 17, 2006 and called McCain's
“torture compromise” gave retroactive immunity to officials who had authorized,
ordered or committed acts of torture and abuse, and allows the U.S.
“interpret the meaning and application” of the Geneva Convention.
Still, John McCain stood up against torture. He also said that he would
immediately close Guantanamo. That is a president even the American political
left could live with and the world could trust.
Regarding John McCain's controversial statement to stay 100 years in Iraq if
necessary, that is exactly the statement a responsible leader has to make.
If you are not fully committed to a cause, nobody will trust you and take
you seriously. The idea of course is not to stay 100 years, but to stabilize
the region as quickly as possible.
The United States, as the occupying power, has the duty to ensure law and
order in Iraq. At the beginning of the invasion, Rumsfeld and Bush junior
failed in this regard. They allowed looters to get away
unpunished. That is one of the reasons why the Iraq adventure was doomed
from the start.
A fresh start is necessary. More troops are needed. If 30,000 additional
soldiers had a positive impact - although not as positive as McCain and
others suggest - at least another 30,000 should be sent. If
Barack Obama should win the presidential election and quickly move out
troops, the situation could deteriorate dramatically.
Nobody can predict what would happen. However, if you create a vacuum of
power, other forces will immediately try fill it. The most ruthless ones
will probably prevail. Violent clashes, ethnic cleansing and a civil war are
On March 31, 2007 [correction added on July 8, 2008: the correct date is
January 30, 2007] Barack Obama introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of
2007 into Congress. Obama advocates a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops
starting in 2007 with the goal of removing all combat brigades by March 31,
2008. As we know today, it remained a fairy tale.
In November 2007, on the campaign trail in Iowa, the Democratic presidential
candidates discussed the Iraq policy. Barack Obama said he would remove all
combat troops by removing one to two brigades each month. As
of February 15, 2008 on his website, he maintains this dangerous policy statement.
The overhyped Barack Obama is admired like a rock star and looked upon by
some like the new Messiah. People should keep a critical distance towards
his vague and populist rhetoric. John McCain's message may not
sound as bright and promising as the one of
“hope”, but at least,
John McCain does not ignore reality.
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