Dear John McCain – No thank you

I was listening to Voice of America in Ukrainian the other day, and lo and behold, there was a segment on how McCain is targeting Ukrainian-American voters.

And his entire shtick with that is apparently “f*ck Russia… I mean, I will help keep Ukraine independent.”

No, you’ll just “help” split Ukraine in two.

I’ve said this a number of times on my blog and I’ll say it again: McCain was a respectable politician, and I’ve always admired him from coming out of a POW camp and being able to hold it together and go to Washington. That takes chutzpah, no matter how you look at it. But now the whole McCain “brand,” as it were, is all about race-baiting and talking about how intellectualism is a bad thing but forced pregnancy is a good thing. This alone stopped me from voting for him. Never mind the whole Ukraine thing.

9 thoughts on “Dear John McCain – No thank you

  1. RE: McCain’s ‘pro-Ukrainian’ pitch.

    Natalia, despite your closing sentence (“Never mind the whole Ukraine thing”), I hope you remember that both McCain and Obama have publicly committed themselves to Ukrainian independence and also to bringing both Ukraine and Georgia into NATO or to at least what Obama calls “a close transatlantic relationship.”

    Despite Palin’s yapping about Obama being ‘weak’ on Ukraine, McCain and Obama have practically identical positions about protecting the independence of the post-Soviet-bloc states.

    Although I know that McCain’s ‘pro-Ukrainianism’ doesn’t move you one bit, neither McCain nor Obama would allow Russia to swallow up Ukraine. McCain and Palin use belligerent rhetoric, but in practice, neither the U.S. nor Russia are likely to risk direct military confrontation over Ukraine or any other post-Soviet state, no matter who is in the White House. Both governments have too much to lose in directly using force against each other. McCain knows that as well as Obama.

    With that in mind, I find it odd that Taras Kuzio on his blog “Ukrainiana” seems to show a distinct preference for McCain/Palin, despite the fact that neither the GOP nor the Democrats are going to nuke Russia in defense of the post-Soviet states.

    At any rate, McCain already knows he’s lost the election, so it doesn’t matter who he panders to at this point.

  2. It’s not the position, really, that matters (as odd as it would seem), it’s the demeanour. Obama has some sense of measure. McCain & Palin are all about whipping up really vile rhetoric. They’re firmly stuck in the Cold War, especially McCain, and this is going to complicate the situation down the road.

    Many Ukrainian-Americans support McCain, that’s no secret.

    My dad did, for a bit. Until he picked Palin.

    The final nail in the coffin was, once again, the rhetoric.

    P.S. I wouldn’t be so sure that McCain can’t win. He can.

  3. The problem with Americans is that they have been brought upon a political diet of ‘hate’ and “fear” towards Russians and anything connected to the soviet era. so of course it serves the US presidential candidates to play on that indoctrination and misconceived belief. If you say we need to oppose Russia then they just mindlessly agree as they had be told.

    If you really want to see just how stupid Americas are do a google on youtube.

  4. At least half of the United States supports Obama, who is considerably less antagonistic toward other world leaders.

    I don’t believe Americans are “stupid,” I think that’s a terrible generalization, and I am hurt by that as much as I would be hurt about someone making a comment to the extent that “all Russians are vodka-swilling jerks.” Many Americans don’t take opportunities to think beyond their own borders, as it may, but there are many reasons for that, not the least of them are historical factors.

  5. Poeschl,

    Since when has my blog, Ukrainiana, become Taras Kuzio’s blog? Did I really theorize that McCain would use nuclear weapons to repel a Russian attack on Ukraine?

    Uk Today,

    What’s your political diet? Chicken Kiev? Ukraine Ukrainian-free?

    Natalia,

    Thank you for dissecting the stereotypes!

    As we think beyond our borders, our borders should remain intact. Do you agree?

  6. I have such a headache right now, Taras – all I can say is – thank God Obama was elected instead of McCain.

    He’s not the Messiah, but he is more reasonable. Or so it seems.

    Ukraine’s borders should absolutely remain intact. Of course, both the Russian Federation and the Western powers appear hell-bent on splitting the country in two. And Ukraine’s own political crisis is not helping things. Maybe I’m paranoid, but I just don’t like what I see.

  7. Taras Kuzio: In referencing your blog through the phrase “Taras Kuzio on his blog,” I may written carelessly, and I apologize for any possible mis-reference.

    Also, in the second of the sentences that you refer to, in my use of the phrase “nuke Russia,” immediately after referencing your blog, I actually did not mean to imply that you yourself believed that McCain advocated nuking Russia, so my phrasing was indeed extremely careless, and I apologize for that as well.

    I should have realized that readers who are not familiar with your blog might have interpreted my complete sentence as you suggested in your objection. I was actually addressing Natalia who I assumed was familiar with your blog and so would understand that “nuking Russia” did not refer to your own beliefs about McCain, but was simply my own deliberately provocative way of reaffirming my dismissal of the idea that the U.S. would take serious risks to defend Ukraine. But again, I should have realized that the phrase could be honestly misinterpreted, and I apologize for that error.

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