Thursday, February 07, 2008

John McCain's Temper Watch How Long Before He Blows His Top

There are some who question John McCain’s temperament should he become president. I for one believe that a public blowout is probably only a matter of time. And as a Democrat I’m hoping it happens during one of the general election debates. I also think that McCain’s emotional makeup is fair game during the campaign.

Is it fair to question the emotional stability of anyone who will have his finger on the nuclear trigger and who has already professed, “there be other wars”. in some self fulfilling prophecy. This is the same elderly man who central campaign theme is based on the use of American military power to deal with his often used description of “radical Islamic extremism” which he conjures up obsessively. His talk of 100 years of occupation in Iraq justifying it with an out dated ideology that calls for the presence of American forces in every corner of the world. Maybe if we had paid more attention to protecting the homeland with our vast military, and not the Saudis 9/11 could have been prevented.

"I have a temper, to state the obvious, which I have tried to control with varying degrees of success because it does not always serve my interest or the public's." John McCain
He also talks about it not being the American occupation of these countries that matters only the number American casualties it takes. Justifying the extraordinarily expensive deployments of American forces everywhere and the interference in the internal affairs or other nations on the number of American forces being killed rather then the foreign policy it represents. The collateral mortality rates of anyone else who happens to be involved or potential damage to American moral authority in the world are not important I guess.

Some press reports have argued that McCain’s rather well know temper was the product of his years of captivity as a POW in North Viet Nam. But his military medical records apparently substantiate that the problem existed before the captivity. Much of the temper issue has been ignored by the media in what is consider by many to be a form of hero worship or love of the narrative about his “maverick’ image.

But I still think he’ll blow sometime soon under the pressure of the campaign. When it happens I think voters will be faced with the proposition of whether they would trust McCain to control his emotions in a world crisis or when considering the use of our nuclear weapons should that have to be considered.

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