War is a terrible thing and everyone has an opinion……..it is an obscenity that should not be pushed into without considerable thought……….as we start our latest endeavor that involves a region that the Us has invaded on three separate occasions……..some people are telling the Us to go slow and sure and then there are the wart hawks that want us to throw caution to the wind and immediately send in troops on the ground…..yep, those people would be John McCain and Lindsey Graham and they are singing their usual duet for war……
First it was Graham on, where else(?), FOX news……..
“It’s going to take an army to beat an army, and this idea we’ll never have any boots on the ground to defeat them in Syria is fantasy, and all this has come home to roost over the last three years of incompetent decisions,” said Sen. Graham, noted RawStory.com (video below) .
“It’s delusional in the way that they approach this,” added Sen. Graham, who strongly supported the failed invasion of Iraq by President Bush.
Later in the broadcast, Sen. Graham grew irate, “This is a war we’re fighting. This is not a counter-terrorism operation. This is not Somalia, this is not Yemen!”
“This is a turning point in the war on terror, our strategy will fail yet again. This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home!” warned Sen. Graham. “They will open the gates of hell to spill out on the world. This is not a Sunni versus Sunni problem. This is ISIL versus mankind.”
I would have expected him to use a tried and true war hawk tactic….FEAR! And it us very successful tactic to use on FOX viewers….these people live on fear it feeds their ego and their blood lust.
Then came McCain…..he has been having a back and forth with Rand Paul….and McCain went on the offensive.
“I’ve vetted a number of them because I know them,” McCain asserted on Fox News Saturday morning. “Hundreds and even thousands of them have been killed and slaughtered with these barrel bombs and tortured to death by Bashar Assad. They can be trusted. There are groups of them to be trusted.”
I think is pointing to the trip he made back when to a Syrian town on the border with Turkey where he met with some “rebels”……..he dashed across the border for a photo-op and then ran back to Turkey. These are the ‘rebels’ he met……..
The problem with McCain’s ‘rebels’ were that they prove to be kidnappers that were preying on journalists and such….so much for this vetting process.
Then he went on FOX and made these assertions……
“Hundreds and even thousands of them have been killed and slaughtered with these barrel bombs and tortured to death by Bashar Assad. They can be trusted. There are groups of them to be trusted.”
“Obviously, there are some risks, but what’s our other option here? If someone who says they can’t––they don’t want to do it because we can’t trust the Free Syrian Army, then what is your option, sir and ma’am, in how we are going to attack ISIS in an effective fashion?”
“Has Rand Paul ever been to Syria? Has he ever met with ISIS?” McCain fumed, certainly meaning to say the Free Syrian Army instead of ISIS.
He still puts his faith in the ones that he vetted wrong…….he has been wrong on foreign policy for 30 years and I guess I would like to know why he is still considered an ‘expert’……..
CNN was asked that question and their answer is………
“He has appeared for decades on cable news programs, network news programs,” Feist told Wemple. “He’s articulate, he knows what he’s talking about and he has strong positions. He represents the views of millions and he represents them effectively. He’s a veteran and is loved by many veterans and he’s not just a senator; he’s a former Republican presidential nominee and a war hero.”
Twenty years ago I trusted CNN with reporting the news….apparently those days are gone……a war hero does not make one a responsible analyst on foreign policy……and his lack of concern for the American soldier is astonishing…….he is willing to throw American troops at Georgia (country not state), Ukraine, Syria, Iraq (again)………. he and Graham are spineless war hawks that not once think about the troops they are trying to condemn….some one needs to step up and call McCain on his bullsh*t…………for that is exactly what his views are…BULLSHIT!