In yesterday’s candidate forum at Saddleback Chuch, McCain’s crisp, clear answers to Pastor Rick Warren’s excellent questions, reminded me of George Bush – not only in style but also in substance – especially, McCain’s belief that evil can be defeated. While such sure-headedness in a leader may give comfort, it should also give pause, because it was such simplistic, single-minded thinking that allowed Bush to declare his “war on terror” against an “axis of evil.” Based on such rhetoric, we launched the war in Iraq, the greatest foreign policy blunder in US history. I vastly prefer Senator Obama’s analytical and nuanced approach, which should allow us to revisit not only the decision to invade and occupy Iraq, but also the disastrous domestic and economic policies of the past 8 years.

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