by Teh Nutroots | As he mulls over his former support for the war in Iraq, provides a summary of McCain's militarism in a nutshell .
For him, it is always 1938 somewhere; America's duty is to control, occupy or intervene wherever any rival seeks influence and any group does not share our alleged values. And so American power must be brought to bear in Georgia and Iraq and Iran and Burma and Darfur and Bosnia and anyplace else where American interests are threatened or democratic allies seek help. And for militarist American exceptionalists, this all makes sense. This is the higher purpose McCain lives for: the glory of liberation, the thrill of conquest, the adoration of the soldier, the defeat of evil.
I've never understood in the first place why this attitude was ever meant to be "conservative." The only thing they're conserving is American arrogance at the expense of everything else.