John McCain’s speech

He’s hammering Barack Obama on foreign policy. It may not advance the political ball, but needs to be done anyway. Plus McCain still appeals to some independents who may not be fans of Mitt Romney. McCain savaged Romney in 2008, so it’s helpful for him to stress, as he is doing repeatedly, that he trusts Romney to lead on foreign policy, an area in which the candidate has virtually no experience.

It would have better, though, if McCain had been less categorical about the need to support those who seek their political freedom. What we have seen in Egypt should remind us of the importance of examining these situations, including the current one in Syria about which McCain is now speaking, on a case by case basis.

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