McCain was one of the few politicians brave enough to oppose a 1996 telecom bill that opened the way for large-scale media consolidation.

It's not easy to maintain an evenhanded appraisal of McCain as he appropriates the Bush mantle. Of course, I wouldn't vote for him; he is willing to let the Iraq war go on for a hundred years and, at the rate of at least $200 billion a year, that makes a mockery of his efforts to defeat earmarks and other wasteful government spending — beginning with the massive waste in the Pentagon budget that he has done so much to expose. His capitulation on President Bush's use of torture is even more appalling. But it is absurd to attempt to pigeonhole McCain as a patsy for corporate lobbyists when he has been in the forefront of key efforts to challenge their power.

RLCC: The article shows that the author is capable of some very clear thinking relative to the mainstream. Robert Scheer is being as fair and balanced here as he knows how. I will say though that McCain may fully intend to go after what is typically thought of as "waste, fraud, and abuse" in Pentagon spending if he becomes the U.S. President. I though consider all Pentagon spending as wasteful, fraudulent, and abusive. Militarism is evil, period.

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. — Isaiah 2:2-4

Now that's beautiful.

Originally by Robert Scheer, Truthdig from AlterNet.org on February 27, 2008, 4:00pm


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