John McCain Has the Judgment to Lead

Last week, President Obama announced that the United States will scrap plans to house  missiles shielding American allies like the Czech Republic, Poland and American bases in Europe from threats from Iran and other adversaries.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) issued the following statement:

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) made the following statement today on the Administration's decision to cancel plans to build a missile-defense system in Eastern Europe:

"I am disappointed with the Administration's decision to cancel plans to develop missile defenses in Eastern Europe.  This decision calls into question the security and diplomatic commitments the United States has made to Poland and the Czech Republic, and has the potential to undermine perceived American leadership in Eastern Europe.  Given the strong and enduring relationships we have forged with the region's nations since the end of the Cold War, we should not, I believe, take steps backward in strengthening these ties.  Yet I fear the Administration's decision will do just that, and at a time when Eastern European nations are increasingly wary of renewed Russian adventurism.

"Given the serious and growing threats posed by Iran's missile and nuclear programs, now is the time when we should look to strengthen our defenses, and those of our allies.  Missile defense in Europe has been a key component of this approach.  I believe the decision to abandon it unilaterally is seriously misguided."

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McCain-Lieberman-Graham urge Obama for more war in Afghan

Cross-posted at Daily Kos and Docudharma

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/9/15/ 782361/-McCain-Lieberman-Graham-urge-Oba ma-for-more-war-in-Afghan

http://www.docudharma.com/diary/16060/mc cainliebermangraham-urge-obama-for-more- war-in-afghan

In the Wall Street Journal on September 13, the two Repubs and one former Democrat wholeheartedly endorsed sending more of our troops to eat $#!t sandwiches in Afghanistan.

We are confident that not only is it winnable, but that we have no choice. We must prevail in Afghanistan.

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However, we need more than the right team and the right strategy. This team must also have the resources it needs to succeed--including a significant increase in U.S. forces.

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When will Glenn Beck turn on Bachman and Romney?

One of Glenn Beck's big complaints (and lies) is that Barack Obama has surrounded himself with socialists, communists, anti-capitalists, and "revolutionaries".

So what I'd like to know is, if revolutionaries are a bad thing, will Beck be just as vocal with denunciations of self-proclaimed revolutionaries James Inhofe, John McCain, Michelle Bachmann, and Mitt Romney? And if not, will he then admit to being nothing more than a fear-mongering charlatan and a partisan fraud? I think you know the answers.

At a town hall Wednesday night, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) told constituents, "We're almost reaching a revolution in this country."

The reason? "People are not buying these concepts that are completely foreign to America." ...

Inhofe isn't the first to predict a revolution. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told a town hall on Tuesday, "We're seeing the beginning of a peaceful -- and I emphasize peaceful -- revolt in America."

In March, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called for citizens to be "armed and dangerous" against an energy tax and that "having a revolution every now and then is a good thing."

And in May, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney said Republicans need to "once again lead the American Revolution."

Here's another interesting Beck tidbit: Orly Taitz, queen of the birthers, she of the lawsuits and the fradulent Kenya birth certificate, watches Glenn Beck and thinks you should too. A stirring endorsement for the man, no?

The good news is that ten more companies have pulled their advertising from Beck, bringing the total to fifty. And these companies aren't nothing - among the newest ten are Bank of America, Travelers Insurance, and Vonage. Many of the ads we know and love/hate - the Travelers J umbrella insurance, the Geico cavemen - are gone from Beck. The question is, when will Beck be gone too?

Visit The Color of Change to learn what you can do to help stop Glenn Beck, and apparently Orly Taitz as well.

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When will Glenn Beck turn on Inhofe and Romney?

One of Glenn Beck's big complaints is that Barack Obama has surrounded himself with socialists, communists, anti-capitalists, and "revolutionaries".

So what I'd like to know is, if revolutionaries are a bad thing, will Beck be just as vocal with denunciations of self-proclaimed revolutionaries James Inhofe, John McCain, Michelle Bachmann, and Mitt Romney? And if not, will he then admit to being nothing more than a fear-mongering charlatan and a partisan fraud? I think you know the answers.

At a town hall Wednesday night, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) told constituents, "We're almost reaching a revolution in this country."

The reason? "People are not buying these concepts that are completely foreign to America." ...

Inhofe isn't the first to predict a revolution. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told a town hall on Tuesday, "We're seeing the beginning of a peaceful -- and I emphasize peaceful -- revolt in America."

In March, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called for citizens to be "armed and dangerous" against an energy tax and that "having a revolution every now and then is a good thing."

And in May, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney said Republicans need to "once again lead the American Revolution."

Visit The Color of Change to learn what you can do to help stop Glenn Beck.

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Beltway Finally Realizing McCain Isn't Bipartisan

Earlier this week I noted that John McCain was failing to live up to his image (however false it is) of bipartisanship by waffling over the Sonia Sotomayor, the most experienced nominee for the Supreme Court in nearly a century. With McCain no longer waffling, and actually outright opposing her nomination, it looks like the Beltway media is finally beginning to catch on.

McCain's no votes on Sebelius and Sotomayor appear to be head-scratchers to many in Washington, since he preaches bipartisanship and the idea of giving deference to a president.

More from First Read:

Speaking of, here's a line from a speech McCain delivered last year, per NBC's Chris Donovan: "When President Bill Clinton nominated Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg to serve on the high court, I voted for their confirmation, as did all but a few of my fellow Republicans. Why? For the simple reason that the nominees were qualified, and it would have been petty, and partisan, and disingenuous to insist otherwise. Those nominees represented the considered judgment of the president of the United States. And under our Constitution, it is the president's call to make... It is part of the discipline of democracy to respect the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government, and, above all, to respect the verdicts of elections and judgment of the people. Had we forgotten this in the Senate, we would have been guilty of the very thing that many federal judges do when they overreach, and usurp power, and betray their trust."

With even the ultra-conservative Pat Toomey supporting the Sotomayor nomination, the extremism and outright partisanship inherent in McCain's positioning is readily apparent.

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