Here's another example. Note how the AP reporter frames it:
"Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed," the likely presidential nominee said in a speech to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. "We need to listen to the views and respect the collective will of our democratic allies," McCain added.Who wouldn't agree? But perhaps he should have cited examples rather than leaving it open to press interpretation.
For instance, the AP reporter divined that Mac was referring to Iraq and Bush's cowboy diplomacy. Thing is, he was in favor of US action all along and has expressed hope we'd have a presence there for 100 years. It's doubtful he performed a quick global test before making that remark.
He went on in the speech to chastise other world leaders should they fail to have the proper understanding of the threat from Islamic terrorism. That sounds a tad unilateralist, too.
The only issue remaining in which the US has been accused of cowboyism is our refusal to sign Kyoto, so he must have been referring to global warming. How about this takeaway--John McCain will not unilaterally attack climate change before consulting with our allies.
Oh well. Running against Bush is probably an effective strategy in light of conventional wisdom on the American street and various popularity polls. That will be suspended for the convention, where McCain will be forced to embrace a few neocons and wives of former presidents but he'll likely drift back left of the glide slope in the home stretch. Probably for the best under the circumstances, but sometimes the medicine is hard to swallow.