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April 24th, 2015
John McCain is upset. The two time Presidential candidate thinks the world is going to hell, and the President won’t talk to him about how to fix it. From the Huffington Post:
The Arizona Republican was responding [to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren] to comments Obama made at a fundraiser in California on Wednesday evening, where he suggested that the GOP could be more “loyal and rational” in running the government.
“You know, I can’t work with him at all,” McCain added. “When is the last time he really called leaders of both parties together over at the White House for a dinner, a social event.”…
“Right now, we have got Ukraine, we have got the border, we have got Israel, we have got Iraq, we have got more problems, more crises than I have ever seen before, both foreign and domestic,” McCain said. “I’m talking about turmoil in the world. I have never seen more.”
There’s a very good reason Obama isn’t calling his one time foe to help him solve the world’s problems, and it’s not because the President is anti-social. It’s because John McCain is fucking insane. Currently the least popular senator in the country, McCain has slowly been losing his marbles and has become a very serious liability to not just himself, but the country. When the 77-year-old “maverick” isn’t hopping over the Syrian border to foment civil war there, McCain spends much of his time trying to wreck the President’s diplomatic efforts around the world and ensure everyone knows that the U.S. can kick their asses.
McCain wants U.S. troops to go into Iraq again, has been ratcheting up the rhetoric against Russia, wants U.S. troops engaged in combat in Afghanistan, and has urged the President to go to attack Iran. And let’s remember, McCain was a major cheerleader of the original wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and promoted every troop surge the Bush administration suggested. The epic bloodbath he helped author had little effect on his conscience, and McCain elected to blame Obama for the predictable mess that ensued after all U.S. troops left. McCain’s lust for war is unquenchable, as helpfully illustrated by this map detailing every country the Senator has wanted to go to war with (via Mother Jones):
McCain’s logic when it comes to foreign policy goes something like this:
Start a war with someone > Blame liberals for it going badly > Argue for escalation > Claim escalation worked > Blame liberals again when it inevitably fails > Argue to go back in after US is forced to withdraw > Blame liberals for it not happening.
It’s a convenient circle of reasoning that means McCain is never to blame for the shit storms he helps create, and always has something to say about it. Not exactly your best source of strategic advice. After all, this is the man who foisted Sarah Palin upon the nation, then thought everyone would take him seriously afterwards. Sure, McCain is good for a few quotes, but his time as a relevant political force are gone – a fact reinforced by the astronomically low support he has amongst Republican voters.
John McCain thrives on conflict, and that’s why he is always trying to create one. Obama does his best to avoid them, and that’s why he smartly avoids John McCain.
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April 24th, 2015
April 24th, 2015