When asked if he would meet with the Spaniard leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero McCain rightly responded with the voice of moral authority honed from the knowledge of our adversaries only 5 years in a tiger cage can give.
"Honestly, I have to analyze our relationships, situations and priorities, but I can assure you that I will establish closer relationships with our friends, and I will stand up to those who want to harm the United States."
Just like the cowardly acts of 9/11 sprung from the attacks in Kenya and the USS Cole John McCain sounds the clarion call against those who would harm us and have committed similar acts the Spanish.
How can we forget that fateful day in January when 254 seamen gave their lives for the cause of freedom? Well apparently America has. Let me remind you of the treachery from the account of Captain Charles D. Sigsbee of the Maine.
I laid down my pen and listened to the notes of the bugle, which were singularly beautiful in the oppressive stillness of the night. . . . I was enclosing my letter in its envelope when the explosion came. It was a bursting, rending, and crashing roar of immense volume, largely metallic in character. It was followed by heavy, ominous metallic sounds. There was a trembling and lurching motion of the vessel, a list to port. The electric lights went out. Then there was intense blackness and smoke.
The situation could not be mistaken. The Maine was blown up and sinking. For a moment the instinct of self-preservation took charge of me, but this was immediately dominated by the habit of command.
John McCain will be Teddy Roosevelt again in order to stem the tide of Spanish aggression. McCain has alerted us to the new scourge of the 21st century aggressive Spanofacism. Let us hope we heed his warning before other incidents like the USS Maine stain our national honor.