Kerr: McCain Has the Right Stuff
I find myself in full agreement with this article: McCain Has the Right Stuff, by D. Allan Kerr.
The regulars at this blog should know two things about me by now: I've had a reasonably good track record in spotting trends in the past, and I am very alarmist about the future.
Judging by what we've seen of his leadership style, Barack Obama is ill-suited for what's coming up in the Middle East. Obama is over-cautious, he's the type that goes around the table, listening to all and then backing the most conventional, and least dramatic, approach to an emerging challenge. While this may seem to be the sensible way of doing things, the counter-intuitive reality is that there's no one at Obama's table, or any other table for that matter, that can be considered an authority on the new and previously unwitnessed challenges that I see taking shape in the Middle East.
Y'all know how dismissive I've been about the crop of 'experts' and 'analysts' who are the current go-to authorities on Iraq. I would put up my own track record against anyone's, and I must say I don't see many scholars or thinkers in America who have the capacity to understand the headlines of the next few years. Most will come around to it, but at delayed stage. What few there are who can spot it early on, these folks are taken to be marginal characters, such as myself; our views are too controversial, too alarming.
I sincerely believe that John McCain is the kind of leader than would go around the table and quickly figure out that much of what's being said is bull. McCain would have the confidence to chuck it out of the window and demand deeper, more agile thinking. Dramatic confrontations call for drama and courage, and McCain has that market cornered.