- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Your paper is wise to have Thomas Sowell as a columnist (“Making a choice,” Commentary, Sunday). The 1972 presidential election was the last I skipped, too, although I would have voted for Mr. Nixon had I thought it would be a close election. This year’s presidential election presents a similar dilemma, although different in nature.

It is not clear to me that Sen. John McCain would be a strong national security president. He recently declared he would have joined six other Republicans and all Democrats in opposing drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Allowing America to become increasingly dependant on foreign oil does not enhance its national security. President Reagan removed all controls on domestic oil production to avoid such dependence. Mr. McCain also announced he would not back the administration-sponsored, Senate-passed bill granting retroactive immunity from American Civil Liberties Union-type lawsuits to telecommunications companies that have cooperated with the government in tracking foreign terrorists. Trolling for Speaker Nancy Pelosi votes?

Stands like that “aid and abet” America’s enemies, and a McCain presidency likely would be characterized by such stands. With all due respect to Mr. Sowell, the decision whether to vote for Mr. McCain is not a “no brainer.”



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