Source for the list below
I'll be reinserting the links, which is a bother but it makes this list more than just a string of assertions; every one is sourced. (And face it, if I'd just posted a link to the list and left it at that, nobody would read it.)
But because it's a bother, lemme post these points in clusters of, say, 20... it's a long read otherwise anyway.
That should also give our resident conservatives time to parse every flip-flop to argue that, because it's chronicled in the wrong media, or in the wrong words, or at the wrong moments, it's not really
a flip-flop anyway...
National Security Policy
1. McCain thought Bush's warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law
; now he believes the opposite.
2. McCain insisted that everyone, even "terrible killers," "the worst kind of scum of humanity," and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, "deserve to have some adjudication of their cases," even if that means "releasing some of them." McCain now believes the opposite
3. He opposed indefinite detention
of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."
4. In February 2008, McCain reversed course
on prohibiting waterboarding.
5. McCain was for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it
6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with predators, McCain criticized him for it. He's since come to the opposite conclusion
7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it
8. McCain supported moving "towards normalization of relations
" with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.
9. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas
. Now he believes the opposite.
10. McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria
. Now he believes the opposite.
11. McCain is both for and against a "rogue state rollback
" as a focus of his foreign policy vision.
12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention
, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.
13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa
before he was for it.
14. McCain recently claimed that he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course
." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."
15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions
, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good and a bad idea.
16. McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along
that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."
17. McCain has repeatedly said it's a dangerous mistake to tell the "enemy" when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013
18. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it