JOHN McCAIN, CHILD OF THE UNIVERSE….I just got around to reading John McCain’s big foreign policy address from yesterday, and all I can say is: Wow. Aside from wanting to stay in Iraq essentially forever, he’s basically trying to pass himself off as a guy who’d just as soon disband the military as ever launch another cruise missile:

I detest war…. Only a fool or a fraud sentimentalizes the merciless reality of war….the United States cannot lead by virtue of its power alone….mutual respect and trust….America must be a model citizen….good stewards of our planet…. Americans should welcome the rise of a strong, confident European Union….We must strongly engage on a political, economic, and security level with friendly governments across Africa….I will establish the goal of eradicating malaria on the continent….We do not need all the weapons currently in our arsenal. The United States should lead a global effort at nuclear disarmament….Our goal must be to win the “hearts and minds” of the vast majority of moderate Muslims….scholarships will be far more important than smart bombs….For decades in the greater Middle East, we had a strategy of relying on autocrats to provide order and stability…. It was a toxic and explosive mixture…. We must help expand the power and reach of freedom, using all our many strengths as a free people….I run because I believe, as strongly as I ever have, that it is within our power to make in our time another, better world than we inherited.

Except for the whole Iraq thing, this version of John McCain almost sounds like he could join Code Pink. Apparently the pandering for the independent vote has now started in earnest.