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MONTEREY, Calif. -- In McCain’s first major policy address since locking up the GOP nomination this morning, his campaign did its best to make its candidate look presidential. Using two teleprompters on the wings of the podium, McCain delivered a 30-minute speech that showed how a potential McCain presidency would try to change the shape of U.S. foreign policy.
Two new ideas came out of McCain’s speech, both focusing on shoring up relations with the country’s democratic allies.
“We have to strengthen our global alliances as the core of a new global compact -- a League of Democracies -- that can harness the vast influence of the more than one hundred democratic nations around the world to advance our values and defend our shared interests,” McCain said, reading from prepared texts.
Originally posted by xpert11
I would need to see the frame work and list of countries to be admitted before I commented any further. Such issues as Russia and Israel membership would have to be dealt with. Russian membership would reduce the organisation effectiveness with dealing with Iran.
Concerning foreign policy such an organisation could provide a better outlet and guide of direction then the UN does.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
Ie, if the US, France, England had majority stake where those 3 could override the other 97, id be worried.
Originally posted by infinite
This is what the United Nations should of been. Union of democracies. I think McCain is on the money here, this is a solid policy.
And, I've always believed the United States and the EU should have a free trade agreement. We could become the largest trading block in the world!
The United States is not a true democracy , it's a republic. a democracy is a system of government where the people decide policy matters themselves through meetings or or by voting ballots. A republic, is a system of government in which the people choose representatives that make policy decisions on their behalf.
Originally posted by Maxmars
I have a question. We are actually glossing over the fact that we (the US) are not a democracy - yes?
Would this organization be in addition to the UN or would it supplant it? What kind of response would we see from the ISB and the IMF? They have all their eggs in a different basket, and have been known to be cranky when challenged.
We should go further and start bringing democratic peoples and nations from around the world into one common organization, a worldwide League of Democracies. This would not be like the universal-membership and failed League of Nations' of Woodrow Wilson but much more like what Theodore Roosevelt envisioned: like-minded nations working together in the cause of peace. The new League of Democracies would form the core of an international order of peace based on freedom. It could act where the UN fails to act, to relieve human suffering in places like Darfur.
Senator McCain Addresses The Hoover Institution on U.S. Foreign Policy
Originally posted by TheColdDragon
But... League of Democracies conficts with another well known acronym, the Legion of Darkness!
And we all know that Cyborg Hitler is planning to assassinate Baby Jesus with the Legion of Darkness. 9/11.
so if this League of Democracies is going to go off without a hitch, then it should have a different acronym. I like the TAU Idea.
In all seriousness though, McCain is putting forward that it would best serve our interests and I think what he means is that he feels America's views are best and everyone in the world needs to swallow them. Or else.
Including the genocidal, woman-hating, unabashed racists and bigots of the world.
I've said it before, I'll say it again; you can't make people agree with you, and you will only make them angrier by telling them their whole way of life is rotten and they should be more like you.
If that's what he's saying we should do (Form a coalition to spread american culture and ideals everywhere), I am right out. I'll vote it down.