I’m not happy to hear that he’s died, but I’m getting a bit grossed-out by the way everyone is expected to fawn over what a great man he was.
A “war hero” is not someone who helps unload high explosive from an airplane, onto a city, from a safe altitude.
He was hardly a “maverick” except insofar as he voiced opposition to certain things (including torture) but only in a way that was calculated not to do anything, at all. His defining political moment, when he was a true maverick, was by bringing Sarah Palin in as his running mate, when he discovered that Bozo The Clown was not available. By doing that he helped the Republican establishment realize that they could, literally, run a cardboard cut-out for office; that discovery turned out to be consequential.
McCain was credited as being a strong moral voice on torture, but he actually did absolutely nothing to stand against the US government’s programs of “extreme rendition” or prisoner abuse at Gitmo. As the Senate Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, he helped promote American militarism, including the now-standard lip-service to Israel, sanctions on Iran, and arms sales to Saudi Arabia. As far as his stance on torture, it appears to be that surviving it, then going on to become a paid-in-full member of the oligarchy, was enough for him. I don’t consider it tremendously heroic to be in the position of understanding how pointless torture is, and only occasionally piping up with “… so maybe we should stop. No? OK, your budget for next year is approved.” We should not credit him for wasting opportunity.
Spare me the ritualized mourning over another dead oligarch. We need better people in Washington.
I hear he was a nice guy when he wasn’t dropping high explosives on people.
I do not understand all the praise that is being lavished on McCain. Is it not enough for our rulers to have power, do they insist that we must love them, as well? For all their pretense of leading resistance, America’s media is quick to kiss the hand that slaps it.