Does anyone else find it a bit absurd that we've reached a point where a major party presidential nominee needs to protest defensively that he hates war:
At any rate, as is often the case the issue here isn't John McCain's subjective attitude toward war. The issue is the likely consequences of his policies. McCain's stated policy toward Iran is likely to lead to war. McCain has in the past called for a policy toward North Korea that he admitted at the time might well lead to war. McCain's Iraq policy will lead to a prolongation of an ongoing war. McCain's vision of a "League of Democracies" would create a Cold War-style standoff which would likely fuel proxy wars around the world. Whether or not McCain hates war, if you would like to see a president likely to try to avoid getting the country into further wars, you don't want McCain in the White House.
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