I was turned off by John McCain's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. McCain, smiling, promised he would hunt down the terrorists and destroy them all. Being a military man, he assured the cheering crowd he knew how and said he would win the war and bring victory to America no matter how long it took.
As I witnessed the arrogance coming from both the crowd and McCain, I thought "this guy is more dangerous than Bush.'' He has nothing to offer but the same Bush policy of winning a tragic mistake instead of ending it as soon as possible. This is the main reason for the disaster our country faces today.
The United States has a military presence all around the world, both on land and at sea. The whole world listens when we speak and America was speaking at the Convention. McCain is a hero only in America. In a larger part of the world, he is just one of many American airmen who fire their missiles and drop their bombs on nations we decide are our enemies. The irony of this is: the men, women and children we kill accidentally are just as dead as the ones we target. McCain should know better.
Indeed, America should know better than to engage in such tough talk, showing no humility toward the many broken families and victims of our senseless wars. More and more these families turn to hating us and join the terrorist movement.
The American people have no stomach for an ongoing war in the Middle East, but some of our leaders are willing to see it go on forever. War makes military people feel more important, and religion has wanted to re-fight the Crusades for centuries. That is about what will happen unless enough of us rise up and refuse to be led any longer down the path the Republicans have charted. Will we do it this coming election? Your guess is as good as mine.
Warren R. Crackel