To anyone even considering allowing John McCain to become president, I offer the words of Lawrence Kaplan, the neocon's neocon, from an interview in Spiegel Online:
SPIEGEL ONLINE: The Iraq war was percieved as the one chance the neocons had in our time to prove that their theories were right. Is neoconservatism already a historical footnote?
Kaplan: The near-term argument here is that if John McCain wins the presidential election, neoconservatism will have been vindicated. Because by voting him into office, people will have tacitly given their endorsement to that sort of foreign policy. His advisers are the very people we are arguing about.
Kaplan believes that neocon ideology is now so deeply embedded that even a President Hillary Clinton or a President Barack Obama won't be able to oppose it. I do agree that either of them will have to fight it, and that we will have to push either of them to fight it. But to Kaplan, a McCain presidency means the ideology has been validated. Imperialism, warmongering, and torture: elect McCain, and they're simply modern American values.