John McCain is a self-satisfied bore

If his remarks before our sailors are to be believed, the gravest threat facing the United States is not nuclear war or Islamic terrorism or even opioid addiction but credulity. “We have to fight against propaganda and crackpot conspiracy theories,” he intoned with his practiced faux-solemnity.

Please, senator, tell us all about what it’s like to be “asleep in our echo chambers, where our views are always affirmed and information that contradicts them is always fake.” Given your immediate ungrounded insistence in 2003 that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was “a clear and present danger to the United States of America,” your preposterous insistence that our soldiers would be greeted as liberators by the majority of the Iraqi people, your calm, indeed almost biweekly assertions that Iran was one 30-second timeout away from acquiring a massive nuclear arsenal and blowing us all to pieces unless we invaded first, your equally gullible support for turning Libya into a pile of rubble on the assumption that anarchy and starvation are the best pathways to liberal democracy, your relentless insinuations that everyone who disagreed with you about these complicated questions was some kind of pinko traitor, I think it’s fair to say that you’re something of an expert on the subject on what it’s like to inhabit a universe in which your own omni-directionally hawkish instincts are always conveniently in line with base reality.