He did not mention, however, that Secretary of State Rice was in the Middle East and Admiral Mullen was in Pakistan, both trying to obscure the embarrassing fact that every single application of the Bush Administration's foreign policy against Islam has collapsed in total chaos, leaving America's strategic interests in shambles.
McCain tried both to evade responsibility for the strategic blunder of invading Iraq -- he simply asserted there is no value in "relitigating" past decisions -- and in the very next sentence to take credit for deposing Saddam Hussein.
McCain was defiant on Iraq, laying out a set of preconditions for withdrawing so impossible that even George Bush has been reluctance to make them explicit.
The Republicans now have their man -- they didn't really want him, and some of them still hate him -- but he fits their requirements perfectly. McCain satisfies the right wing's emotional needs to have a perpetual enemy -- officially replacing communists with radical Islamists -- providing a set of undifferentiated, dark-skinned and dehumanized foreign devils against whom perpetual war is the only acceptable policy, and about whom no further thought is required. The millions killed, maimed, or made homeless will remain invisible.
By extending Bush's tax cuts, McCain would ensure his supporters never directly pay for the folly or honestly face the consequences of the worst strategic blunder in America's history. And he will continue an occupation that, through it's self-interested rational for repression, perpetuates its own justification. McCain will thus keep America fighting in Iraq forever, relieving the right wing's anxiety about losing Vietnam all over again.
If the unfortunate task of the Republican primaries to select a nominee acceptable to the most insecure and delusional segment of the American political spectrum, and that task is done. The fact is, by sheer accident - and the serendipitous incompetence and duplicity of his rivals -- John McCain is the ideal candidate for that pitiful group, all that's left of that once proud Grand Old Party. They will follow this broken but unbowed warrior without question, firmly convinced not only of the national security imperative but that their personal salvation depends on it.
This morning, the presumptive nominee will dutifully trudge to the White House to receive the Emperor's blessing. I couldn't help but think that Darth would say, "The circle is now complete." But beware the New Hope and Princess Leia.