Like all nations, with multiple parties and opinions, characters in politics emerge who both entertain us and make us scared. The sincerely entertaining American ones are the likes of Al Sharpton and Jimmy Carter. Both men are made funnier by their true faith in their own righteous ways, when to all around they look like nothing but clowns. Russia's version is the former chess champ and receiver of much US monies, Kasparov. He rather takes himself very seriously but like his American counter parts, no one else does.
Than there are those who should scare us. The antics of Vladimir Zhirinovsky come to mind. The man is power mad, brutish in temper, crude in manner and ever ready to scream, threat, curse or even fist fight with fellow parliamentarians. Of course the Americans have a similar man to Vladimir, one named John, that is, John McCain.
The difference of course is that no serious person in their right mind, in Russia, would ever place Zhirinovsky in charge of the country, but half the American electorate is getting ready to do just that in America.
In one famous incident reported in a biographical work of McCain, The Real McCain, brings to light what kind of man may soon run the United States:
Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain’s intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain’s hair and said, “You’re getting a little thin up there.” McCain’s face reddened, and he responded, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.” McCain’s excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.
One Republican insider told Sky News: "Everyone in Washington's political circles has a McCain story - a moment when they have suddenly witnessed him losing it for a few seconds. He flies off the handle without warning."
A former Senator Bob Smith, from the Republican Party of the state of New Hampshire, opined that McCain's rage quotient "would place this country at risk in international affairs, and the world perhaps in danger."
Another American Senator from the Republicans, who has known McCain for almost thirty years, Thad Cochran, was quoted in January 2008 as saying: "The thought of his [McCain] being President sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and that worries me."
So this what Russian negotiators and politicians should be prepared to deal with: a man who can explode and make rash decisions in anger. One of two things will happen in this case: either he will be obeyed and Christ help all of us or those around him will "handle" him and he will be nothing more than a figure head. In this case, Russia will more than likely be dealing with the likes of Lieberman as the brains in the outfit.
Just like Russia's Zhirinovsky and his visions of 18th century alliances intermixed with flights of fantasy, which is to pass for foreign policy, the American would be leader, who can not distinguish between Shiites and Sunnies and acknowledge the fact that Czechoslovakia split up, dreams of a vast Axis of Democracies, where Democracies (read Western Socialist pseudo Police States of the Orwellian flavor) will lead wars of banishment against the rest. Of course, considering that John McCain s a Trotskyte Marxist of the Neoconservative Anglo-American flavor, these delusions of world revolutions and world wars of "liberation" should not be shocking to anyone.
What of course is shocking is that Americans have gone so far as to not only lose their minds but to spit on the bones of their own founding fathers, by possibly bringing someone like this to power. Do not take this as an endorsement of McCain's opponent, another leftist and Marxist of McCain's caliber and a closet Islamic. (If he is no longer a Muslim than why is there no Fatwa on his head?)
The truly shocking fact is that the West, and America in particular, have degenerated to such as state that the choice between these Marxists is now considered a deep, moving and powerful election.
One should feel pity for America and its people but a pity guarded by a strong military as soon the bubbler in the White House will be replaced by either a Marxist Crusader (Obama) or a Marxist Berserker (McCain). While neither is an appetizing prospect, the berserker, on a day to day basis is the much more dangerous character.
But maybe in the end it's not simply rage of senility? After all, a candidate who voted for every war for the past 20 years, one of the only Republicans who was willing to give Clinton the nod to invade Yugoslavia with ground troops, who even recently sang "Bomb Bomb Iran" during a campaign town meeting, was able to turn around and with his blank stare tell Russia that in the 21st century, nations do not invade other nations.
A final quote, from a retired American military man, should leave everyone disturbed by what the future may shortly bring for humanity. A retired US Army colonel and former top aide for former Secretary of State Colin Powell described McCain as: No dissent, no opinion to the contrary, however reasonable, will be entertained [with McCain]. Hardheaded is another way to say it. Arrogant is another way to say it. Hubristic is another way to say it. Too proud for his own good is another way to say it. It's a quality about him that disturbs me."
This is either senility or a pure psychosis. Either way it does not bode well for world peace or America's future.
The article reprinted with the kind permission from Stanislav Mishin and can be found on his personal blog Mat Rodina
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