This is Just Crazy Talk

I wrote earlier that McCain talks so much about the military because he doesn’t understand anything else (I can’t dig it up, it was around the “terrorists are our biggest economic threat” period) and I think it’s safe to say McCain proved me tremendously prescient today. To wit:

Answering a question about his approach to combatting crime, John McCain suggested that military strategies currently employed by US troops in Iraq could be applied to high crime neighborhoods here in the US. McCain called them tactics ‘somewhat like we use in the military…You go into neighborhoods, you clamp down, you provide a secure environment for the people that live there, and you make sure that the known criminals are kept under control. And you provide them with a stable environment and then they cooperate with law enforcement.’

Putting aside the absurd counter-intuitive nature of the last part (is urban warfare really the best way to endear yourself to a populace that doesn’t like the police?) and the fact that it would obviously be illegal to do these kinds of things, you’ll notice how McCain has to reference things back to the surge. That’s not just because McCain wants to talk about the surge as a political issue, it’s because he doesn’t for a second have any sort of understanding in the realm of crime policy. So he just takes something he, ostensibly, understands, and makes a really tortured, really absurd extension of it into whatever area seems to make sense.

Up next, bombing healthcare!