Video: McCain’s Major Speech on Foreign Policy

John McCain delivered a major speech today highlighting his views on foreign policy and the continued war on terrorism. Howard Dean, DNC Chairman, tried to paint McCain as a continuation of President Bush’s foreign policy, no surprise there.

Here is video of about 20 minutes of the speech, not sure exactly how long it was in total:

A report on it from the LA Times:

In a broad-ranging foreign policy speech, Sen. John McCain pledged today that, if elected, his administration’s foreign policy would be based on cooperation with U.S. allies and he called for a league of democracies that could build “an enduring peace.”

In remarks to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, McCain cautioned that America’s power and influence “does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want,” and said U.S. leaders should not “assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed.”

“We need to listen to the views and respect the collective will of our democratic allies,” McCain said before an audience of several hundred people in the ballroom of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. “When we believe international action is necessary, whether military, economic or diplomatic, we will try to persuade our friends that we are right. But we, in return, must be willing to be persuaded by them.”

Billed as a major foreign policy speech outlining the way forward under a McCain administration, the presumed Republican presidential nominee distanced himself from what some have termed the cowboy diplomacy of the Bush administration while maintaining his strong support for the current course in Iraq.

McCain argued that if the United States is to achieve its goals of routing out terrorists and achieving peace in Afghanistan and Iraq, it must lead “by attracting others to our cause” and “defending the rules of international civilized society.”

Dean’s response:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said in a statement that McCain failed to offer any meaningful new policies.

“John McCain’s empty rhetoric today can’t change the fact that he has steadfastly stood with President Bush from Day One and is now talking about keeping our troops in Iraq for 100 years,” Dean said. “His new appreciation for diplomacy has no credibility after he mimicked President Bush’s misleading case for a unilateral war of choice when it mattered most.”

Clearly, at least it seemed to me, McCain was trying to appeal to moderates and independents taking a more subdued approach to foreign policy in general. McCain spoke about, almost critically, how he feels the United States cannot “do whatever it wants”, which may be a little swipe at President Bush.

This may be an illustration of where McCain will be headed in the general to try and distance himself from Bush and present a more tempered foreign policy.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    Amen John keep the good work and words coming and god bless you.

  • Babs

    The Dem’s are wearing out the 100 year war quip. How about we hear the whole statement:

    “What McCain said at a townhall meeting in New Hampshire in January was inarguably true. He was asked about President Bush’s comment that we could stay in Iraq for 50 years. McCain replied, “Make it 100. We’ve been in South Korea … we’ve been in Japan for 60 years. We’ve been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me. As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, that’s fine with me. I hope that would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al-Qaeda is training, recruiting and equipping and motivating people every single day.”

    In no way does this interpret as McCain wanting the war to last 100 years. He’s right – we do still maintain a presence in these countries decades after the conflicts are over. We’ll do the same in Iraq – for 100 years, if it takes it to maintain our security and peace, and it will be done by ANY president no matter who it is, because it’s always been done.

  • Christopher Schwinger

    I think McCain is saying that we should be governed by the United Nations. The only reasons a lot of Republicans are supporting the arch-RINO, John McCain, is because he opposes abortion–unless it’s for “scientific” reasons–and wants to defeat terrorism–unless it means waterboarding or keeping Guantanamo. Even his stance on those issues give me grave concern, not to mention illegal immigration, judicial activism, and the economy.

    Ugh! I’m sick of McCain!

  • Dem ’08

    McCain don’t matter anyway. Obama or Hillary will be the next president. Truth is truth like it or not.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    Dem ’08 u should realize that your statement is a lie and actually as of right now no democrat will be president anyways, it will be John McCain and you my friend need to realize that that IS TRUTH!

  • Dem ’08

    Obama_Sucks

    Obama does suck by the way.
    Sorry if the truth makes you nervous. McCain is worse than either of the dems and about 60% of the U.S. knows it. I guess you have not figured that out yet. Although McCain could be a dem I guess….lol

    Don’t take it personal but it’s coming!

  • Jared

    Sweet! Flame war!
    Getting back on topic, I agree with a lot of things McCain is saying, it’s just that I disagree on the major issues. Paying off would be militants is not a way to win a war. To say that we’re winning based on numbers doesn’t make sense in context to this war. We can’t keep paying off the militias while building a democracy and then pull out. You’ll have the same problem if you pull out within a year.
    I agree with him when he says that we need to move the conversation towards what we’re going to do concerning the war instead of talking about how we got here to begin with. It’s just a shame that it seems that he’s talking to a brick wall while discussing the most important issue in this election. You know, I wish Obama or Hillary would get more in depth about their foreign policy, but no…I guess they’re too busy chopping away at each other. Oh, and a promise to pledge that you’ll pull out our troops in a year or 2 is not a discussion on foreign policy, it’s a way to pick up more votes.

  • BL

    I thought this was a pretty good speech. McCain hit the nail on the head. The problem is with so many American people who automatically assume he is no different than George Bush. McCain understands that terrorism, like communism, fascism, and imperialism before it, is the new threat and the price we are paying to defeat it, is well worth it.

  • Babs

    I agree with a lot more of what he said than I expected to myself, Jarod, and I’m a McCain supporter. *L* As far as I can see you’re right that neither of the other candidates are really putting any meat behind their arguments to pull out quickly, they’re just looking to pick up votes from the percentage of voters they think will blindly believe them and not ask the hard questions. McCain gives a very convincing argument for his stand with plenty of hard facts to back it up, and I think that he’s being the least political of all of them. If he was out to get votes, he would be promising the same thing the dems are. Going against the grain of popularity is very unpolitical, and I think that’s why I respect and believe his convictions on the subject more so than Obama or Clinton. Hopefully, as the general election grows nearer, these are the topics we’ll discuss more and more.

  • Michelle

    For once, I’m liking what what Dem08 has said (besides Obama sucks there I disagree.

    The coments on this so far are very interesting and I like it!

    I totally agree that the Dems should do more on their issue talk than chopping away at each other. Promising to pull out troop is a nice promise, but all it will do, as was said, is pull in vote. The people want more substance. To be frank, I really don’t think McCain is dong much more than they are, he’s just being a Rep about it.