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The Economist

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John McCain

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[The Economist was] founded in 1843 to support the cause of free trade.
01 Jan 1843    Source
Agree Is free trade generally beneficial for a country? Agree
Every time the United States has become projectionist [...] we could pay at a very heavy price. The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Acts in the 1930s were direct contributors to World War II. It sounds like a lot of fun to bash Chinese and others, but free trade has been the engine of our economy in the last half of this year; it will continue to be. ... Free trade should be the continuing principle that guides this nation's economy.
09 Oct 2007    Source
The country no longer looks in imminent danger of flying apart or falling into everlasting anarchy. In September 2007 this newspaper supported the surge not because we had faith in Iraq but only in the desperate hope that the surge might stop what was already a bloodbath from becoming even worse (see article). The situation now is different: Iraq is still a mess, but something approaching a normal future for its people is beginning to look achievable.
12 Jun 2008    Source
Neutral Can the US military presence in Iraq help create democracy? Neutral
There are the first glimmers of progress under General Petraeus' political-military strategy. While these glimmers are no guarantee of success, and though they come early in the implementation of the new strategy, I believe they are cause for very cautious optimism.
11 Apr 2007    Source
The country no longer looks in imminent danger of flying apart or falling into everlasting anarchy. In September 2007 this newspaper supported the surge not because we had faith in Iraq but only in the desperate hope that the surge might stop what was already a bloodbath from becoming even worse (see article). The situation now is different: Iraq is still a mess, but something approaching a normal future for its people is beginning to look achievable.
12 Jun 2008    Source
Neutral Can the US military presence in Iraq help create democracy? Mostly Agree
[I hope that if I'm president, that] in 2013 the Iraq War has been won, Iraq is a functioning democracy, violence is much reduced, and America has welcomed home most of the servicemen and women who have sacrificed terribly so that America might be secure. The United States maintains a military presence in Iraq, but a much smaller one that does not play a direct combat role.
15 May 2008    Source
The case for allowing gays to marry begins with equality, pure and simple. Why should one set of loving, consenting adults be denied a right that other such adults have and which, if exercised, will do no damage to anyone else? Not just because they have always lacked that right in the past, for sure: until the late 1960s, in some American states it was illegal for black adults to marry white ones, but precious few would defend that ban now on grounds that it was “traditional”.
26 Feb 2004    Source
Agree Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits? Disagree
I think that gay marriage should be allowed if there's a ceremony kind of thing if you want to call it that. I don't have a problem with that. ...[but] I don't believe that gay marriage should be legal.
11 Feb 2007    Source
If Mr Hussein refuses to disarm, it would be right to go to war.
23 Feb 2003    Source
Agree Should the United States invade Iraq? Agree
I think the president has embarked on a well planned effort to rid the world in this country of the threat of the use of weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein.
12 Sep 2002    Source
Mr Obama had it right. Speaking to the enemy is an ordinary part of diplomacy and does not on its own amount to appeasement. In Munich in 1938, Neville Chamberlain's sin was not that he talked to Adolf Hitler, but that instead of standing up to him he sold Czechoslovakia down the river. Had the British prime minister then been Winston Churchill, the outcome of the meeting, and the history of the world, might have been different.
22 May 2008    Source
Agree Should the US president talk face to face with Iran's president? Disagree
...what [would] such a summit with President Ahmadinejad would actually gain, except an earful of anti-Semitic rants, and a worldwide audience for a man who denies one Holocaust and talks before frenzied crowds... [this] would harm Iranian moderates and dissidents, as the radicals and hardliners strengthen their position and suddenly acquire the appearance of respectability. [Instead] we must create the real-world pressures that will peacefully but decisively change the path they are on.
27 Jun 2008    Source
Russia has made perfunctory attempts to justify the invasion. ... The latest fighting in South Ossetia may have been triggered by the Georgians, but it was largely engineered by the Russians, who have, over the years, fanned the flames of the conflict.
14 Aug 2008    Source
Disagree Is Russia's invasion of Georgia justified? Disagree
In the face of Russian aggression, the very existence of independent Georgia and the survival of its democratically-elected government are at stake. ... Whatever tensions and hostilities might have existed between Georgians and Ossetians, they in no way justify Moscow's path of violent aggression. Russian actions, in clear violation of international law, have no place in 21st century Europe.
11 Aug 2008    Source
They have become such vast buyers that they have become a risk to liquidity. Suppose that, as some believe, America is going through a housing bubble. Given their exposure to mortgages, what happens if the bubble bursts?
26 Jun 2003    Source
Agree Is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a huge risk to the economy? Agree
If Congress does not act [by sponsoring the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005], American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.
25 May 2006    Source