In the February 11, 2008 issue of American Conservative magazine (partial cover, above) conservative columnist and former Nixon, Ford and Ronald Reagan advisor Patrick J. Buchanan writes in an article entitle "The Great Betrayal":
Ike promised to "go to Korea" and ended that war. Nixon pledged to end Vietnam with honor. McCain says we may be in Iraq a hundred years and warns, "there’s going to be other wars." Take the man at his word.
Mimicking the Beach Boys’ "Barbara Ann," McCain has joked about "Bomb, bomb, bomb—bomb, bomb Iran" and urged the expulsion of Russia from the G-8. He wants to expand NATO to bring in Georgia and the Ukraine. This could mean confrontation between Russia and the United States over whether South Ossetia and Abkhazia should be free of Georgia or ruled by Tbilisi, a matter of zero vital interest to this country.
We are forewarned. John McCain intends to be a war president.
Where Bush has lately cleansed his administration of neocons, McCain offers the last best hope for a neocon return and restoration and more wars in the Middle East. And if, as seems probable, Bibi Netanyahu again becomes prime minister of Israel, he and a President McCain will find a pretext for war on Iran.
Now John McCain's campaign has put out a Iran war-mongering video.
So it seems Pat Buchanan was right. Though McCain's campaign slogan is "country first," it seems he has failed to tell us is that the country he has in mind is Israel.
And never mind the truth. We did not need the truth for George Bush to stampede us into a pointless war with Iraq, so why would we need the truth now when it comes to stampeding us into war with Iran? John McCain is pretty sure you're an idiot, and that "you can't handle the truth."
Of course, not everyone agrees. The folks over at FactCheck.org thought you might want to know what Barack Obama really said, and so they have provided a transcript as an antidote to McCain's lies and deception. Here's what Barack really said:
Strong countries and strong presidents talk to their adversaries. That's what Kennedy did with Khrushchev. That's what Reagan did with Gorbachev. That's what Nixon did with Mao. I mean think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela – these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying we're going to wipe you off the planet.
And, of course, Barack was right. Even the Bush Administration admits that; they have entered into discussions with Iran themselves.
But McCain is not interested in waging peace; he knows nothing about that, as he himself admits. He knows nothing about creating jobs or building economies. He is vague about geography, and shaky on the fundamentals of Medicare and Social Security.
What John McCain knows are the lyrics to "Bomb, Bomb Iran."
And no, as his own campaign video makes clear, he's not kidding. As Pat Buchanan himself said: Take the man at his word.
Elect this man President, and we will have $10 gasoline, debt without measure, and war without end.
What we will not have is peace in the Middle East. Ever.