Interesting idea from John McCain. He is calling for a 'League of Democracies' to be formed as "the core of an international order of peace based on freedom". The League will be interpreted by some as an alternative to the way George W Bush is (unfairly) perceived to have run a go-it-alone foreign policy. It's probably more accurate to see John McCain's idea as a way of ensuring that action can be legitimised outside of the impossibly slow United Nations. AP writes:
"Such a new body, he says, could help relieve suffering in Darfur, fight the AIDS epidemic in Africa, develop better environmental policies, and provide "unimpeded market access" to countries sharing "the values of economic and political freedom." And, McCain adds, an organization of democracies could pressure tyrants "with or without Moscow's and Beijing's approval" and could "impose sanctions on Iran and thwart its nuclear ambitions" while helping struggling democracies succeed."