Tuesday, May 23, 2006

John McCain's New School commencement speech

Since today's theme, quite accidentally, seems to be mostly about speech, speeches, and free speech, here's the Senator John McCain commencement speech that was met with loud hostility at the New School in New York last Friday.

As far as I can see, it's a pretty strange speech to get rabidly hostile about, what with so much of it being about learning to extend respect to compatriots who disagree with you...

No, really.


benning said...

Heck, they didn't care what he said. That wasn't the point. The point was to prove what brave, ferocious warriors for truth they all are.

The fact that they merely proved they are ignorant, rude, and not terribly bright is something we knew as soon as we heard about this. These are just young minds full of mush, as Rush likes to say. And he's right! LOL

QuestRepublic said...

I admire Senator McCain and his service during Vietnam. Like him, I was also a Naval Aviator, USNA grad and life-long Republican. After carefully reading the speeches by Ms. Rohe and Senator McCain, here’s my two-cents:

Ms. Rohe’s speech was respectful and addressed an issue at the center of John McCain’s speech, his support for the Iraq War. This war has cost:
*Over 2,400 US Lives
*Over 16,000 US Casualties
*30,000 to over 100,000 Iraqi Lives
*In long-term Monetary Cost, CONSERVATIVELY estimated to ultimately be over ONE TRILLION DOLLARS

Some experts who worked for the first President Bush have described the handling of Iraq as “..the worst strategic mistake in American history since the Vietnam War”. The decision to go to war was not widely debated by this administration or the Congress and poorly covered by the media.

Decent, average Americans might well conclude that the pre-war intelligence was cherry-picked and that the current strategic situation in Iraq is being still misrepresented by the administration. Yet today, the Iraq issue is still largely ignored by Congress. Is it any wonder that students would be frustrated and feel compelled to express themselves in a way that would bring attention to this critical strategic issue?