Its about 12 months to the next US Presidential election. Of course, with candidates not yet decided we have all those debates to enjoy where the various party nominees try to woo their party and its members with a combination of charm, rhethoric and cold hard cash.
I have to admit, I haven’t paid much attention to them, but I was amused to read this on Juan Cole’s blog:
“In a new low of despicable looniness, at the Republican debate in St. Petersburg, John McCain equated those Americans who want to stop militarily occupying Iraq with Hitler-enablers. He actually said that, saying that it was ‘isolationism’ of a sort that allowed Hitler to come to power.”
McCain’s point actually got Republican’s booing at him.
Juan provides an excerpt from the transcript:
“McCain: . . . I just want to also say that Congressman Paul, I’ve heard him now in many debates talk about bringing our troops home, and about the war in Iraq and how it’s failed.
And I want to tell you that that kind of isolationism, sir, is what caused World War II. We allowed…
We allowed …
Cooper: Allow him his answer. Allow him his answer, please.
McCain: We allowed — we allowed Hitler to come to power with that kind of attitude of isolationism and appeasement.
And I want to tell you something, sir. I just finished having Thanksgiving with the troops, and their message to you is — the message of these brave men and women who are serving over there is, “Let us win. Let us…
Cooper: We will — please. We will get to Iraq…
All right. Let me just remind everyone that these people did take a lot of time to ask these questions, and so we do want direct questions to — the answers. We will get to Iraq later, but I do have to allow Congressman Paul 30 seconds to respond.
Paul: Absolutely. The real question you have to ask is why do I get the most money from active duty officers and military personnel?
What John is saying is just totally distorted.
(Protester shouts off-mike)
Paul: He doesn’t even understand the difference between non- intervention and isolationism. I’m not an isolationism, (shakes head) em, isolationist. I want to trade with people, talk with people, travel. But I don’t want to send troops overseas using force to tell them how to live. We would object to it here and they’re going to object to us over there.
Well, they do say that you always lose the argument as soon as you compare someone to a Nazi.
You can get the rest here.