Those who consider that John McCain, if elected President, will be a warmonger should consider his experience.
His war (Vietnam) began as a pilot, insulated from the particular horrors of ground combat and able to sleep between sheets each night. It ended with five years as a prisoner of war enduring, without a break, torture, untreated wounds, and solitary confinement for longer than most of us can imagine.
This simple statement sums up his philosophy:
"War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality."
The last President with a real understanding of war was Dwight Eisenhower. His aversion to war was as real as his determination to defend the interests of the United States. War was to be avoided but never to be ruled out if truly necessary.
I believe that Senator McCain will, if elected, follow this same path.