McCain: US Must Be Tough But Listen to Allies

He says America must do a better job with world diplomacy
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2008 5:19 PM CDT
McCain: US Must Be Tough But Listen to Allies
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., addresses he Los Angeles Worlds Affairs Council, Wednesday, March 26, 2008, in Los Angeles.    (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – John McCain insisted today in a foreign policy address that the US can't abandon its "moral responsibility in Iraq” but that it must do a better job of working with its allies on the world's trouble spots. He distanced himself at times from Bush, rejecting not only brash unilateralism but the inhumane treatment of prisoners, Politico reports, and he called for closing Guantanamo. “There is such a thing as international good citizenship,” he said.

“Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed,” he said. McCain said the US must focus on winning “the hearts and minds” of moderate Muslims, but reserved strong words for China and especially for Russia—which should be dropped from the G-8, he said. (Read more John McCain stories.)

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