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The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin)

John McCain and Henry Kissinger


Only the surreal strategists who manage John McCain's presidential campaign would divine to top an endorsement by Sen. Joe "nothing but good news from Iraq" Lieberman with one that will give thinking Americans -- and a frightened world -- greater cause for alarm.

So it is that, on the heels of the Connecticut senator's campaign swing on behalf of McCain, comes the news that the Arizona senator is making the circuit with an even more disturbing advocate for even more disturbing foreign policies: Henry Kissinger.

The former secretary of state, whose name is synonymous in the civilized world with the term "war criminal" and whose sleazy business deals have advanced the interests of dictators, has added the dubious distinction of his support to the McCain campaign. So discredited is Kissinger that when President Bush proposed him as the chairman of the 9/11 Commission, there was near universal objection.

Kissinger is not conflicted about McCain. "I believe now that he's the best candidate to serve our nation in an extremely difficult and complicated period," he says.

Even more frightening, for McCain it's all about the next Cold War.

"We now face this threat of radical Islamic extremism," says McCain. "One of the reasons I feel so strongly about America's image in the world is because I think we'll win this struggle the same way we won the Cold War."

Those who amuse themselves with the notion that McCain is not that bad a player -- an old political misread given new life by his position on torture -- would do well to figure into their calculations the Kissinger factor. If the darkest player in post-World War II American foreign policy says a man should be president, that man definitely should not be president.

© 2008 Capital Newspapers

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