McCain Takes on Obama’s Post-Americanism

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


McCain’s RNC convention speech was targeted directly at Obama’s Post-American foreign policy. McCain was there to score on foreign policy and his clear theme was that America had gone into decline under Obama.

“We can choose to follow a declining path, toward a future that is dimmer and more dangerous than our past,” McCain said. “Or we can choose to reform our failing government, revitalize our ailing economy and renew the foundations of our power and leadership in the world.”

McCain mentioned the broken alliances and loss of confidence left in the wake of Hurricane Obama. “We can’t afford to cause our friends and allies – from Latin America to Asia, Europe to the Middle East, and especially in Israel, a nation under existential threat – to doubt America’s leadership.”

And then he went after Obama’s soft power pandering to Putin, saying, “We can’t afford to give governments in Russia and China a veto over how we defend our interests and the progress of our values in the world.”

McCain hit out at Obama’s leaks. “We can’t afford to have the security of our nation and those who bravely defend it endangered because their government leaks the secrets of their heroic operations to the media.”

He also criticized the defense cuts, but without properly mentioning Obama’s role in them. “We can’t afford another $500 billion in cuts to our defense budget – on top of the nearly $500 billion in cuts that the president is already making. His own secretary of defense has said that cutting our military by nearly $1 trillion would be ‘devastating’.”

However Afghanistan, an area where McCain could have hit Obama much harder on, got a softer touch. “I believe we can’t afford to substitute a political timetable for a military strategy. By committing to withdraw from Afghanistan before peace can be achieved and sustained, the president has discouraged our friends and emboldened our enemies, which is why our commanders did not recommend that decision and why they have said it puts our mission at greater risk.”

McCain was a good choice for hitting Obama on foreign policy. But McCain’s call for intervention in Syria is a mistake that will only aid the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Matt

    As per usually they got screwed by the Kremlin again. http://www.debka.com/article/22324/US-disowns-Isr

  • Matt

    What happened to the revolution that white Russian thing, got you all hot and bothered that would be American policy not Israeli policy. Iran is a threat to Israel but my opinion has always been that Israel should not join NATO an anti Chinese and Russian alliance. So if Israel goes along Iran becomes nuclear and Israel joins NATO that is not a good place to be in. I would rather have a non nuclear Iran and stay out of any war with the Chinese or Russia. It will be painful but it will better in the long run, not to get your foot caught in that bear trap some have. I see Israel goals far more narrow, to survive as you see since I turned up the IDF blow themselves up with grenades, but I am talking about the civilians. That is just my personal opinion. That was what I was sent for to help the survive. And the US is trying to hurt them and make them suffer or face a Holocaust. And you know I am not allowed to destroy you and designate as an enemy. You take advantage of that by having be tortured, feeling safe in that knowledge. Fine we will see what the truth is next week, I think we already have.

  • Matt

    "And you know I am not allowed to destroy you and designate as an enemy. You take advantage of that by having be tortured." I am working on that too. I asked the Malaysian Muslim US hating doc how too change that. Seroquel. Soon I will be free.

  • Matt

    Of Course he thought I hated Israel too. http://www.timesofisrael.com/sleep-your-way-to-a-
    Like being heavily dope up and have someone wake you everyday and fill your mind with crap about the US an all sorts of other crap. then going back to sleep until the next session.

    Soon I will be free.

  • Matt

    Then maybe I can do to you what I did to Putin.

  • Matt

    But not to let the Uranium peddling Diddams out the trap he has his foot in.

  • Matt

    As Mal Hyde knows ( I am ready now) the day before poor Diddams made the move, we don't make mistakes.

  • Matt

    And a million drachmas, but how do you know that will happen, hahaha.

  • Matt

    After all I had the Greenlight the keys to the city, I know how to greece the palms, so to speak. And that was a ruse in 1999 so I could have POW training and the treatment, without being shot by the police. The treatment requires large doses, that could kill a man, that has not condition his heart.

  • Matt

    All the benefits with out the designated enemy, safety catch. And the amnesia went a way so I gave the technology to every criminal organization I could.

  • Matt

    You can send a Davis as can Putin or Ahmadi for what did for you in 2007, as can the Hizbullah for Imad.

  • Matt

    After all, my locations is well publicized and I am unarmed.

  • Matt

    I don't think he is keen I shoot the President and he shoots me.

  • Matt

    It was the third little rat, that was going to shoot him,

  • Matt

    Send the third little rat to see me.

  • Matt

    That is a special squeaky clean little rat, the third rat. No handcuffs or court for that little rat, someones pet that little rat. A very compliant and nasty individual, ex Special force, a lot of wet work. I am unarmed it is an easy go, little rat. How did I know Hick was going to be living in NSW wales before even he did, little rat, why did I have NSWPOL garb before flying out for the 15% Gitmo, little rat. How do I know about my little rat.

  • Matt

    I would rather be in chains than someones pet and if you want to come and see me rat, I will put you under a suburb and shopping complex, little rat never to be heard of again.

  • Matt

    Given the fact that Panetta had to run up to the hill about the program, once it was out in the open, because it was unknown, its someone in the agency, trying to manipulate things, Davis disgruntled former employee. Ever thought none of it was true. So we know who runs the third little rat.

  • Matt

    It wasn't a program as such, test run, in my humble opinion. US all that stuff, the President, but I only answer and take orders from Cheney. I am not some robot that you can give orders too. Autonomous like the UAV's. I report on my actions and, upload data.

  • Matt

    So you had your deranged gun man, your disgruntled former employee and the rat, the third wheel. So nothing can every can be proven. The point is do they get to walk away. The answer is no.