As usual when it comes to foreign policy our politicians are notoriously ignorant….since the 1950’s and the Cold War the US has always fought a proxy war with first the Soviet Union and then Putin….we fought these proxy wars because no one wanted to get their hands dirty…..it is easier to let someone else do the fighting and the dying…..
Funny how world leaders (?) fall for the same geopolitical crap time and time again. You would think that somewhere they would see that it has been tried before and it was a failure and back off the old stand by exercise of trying to block one political ideology or the other.
Think back to the early days of the Cold War……USSR would make a move and the US would attempt to counter it……then the US would make a move and the Russian would react……and each of these moves did little but waste time and lots of money.
Then in 1979 the USSR decided that the invasion of Afghanistan would be an excellent idea……..10 years of war and death and destruction they decided to call it a draw and go home…..wasting lives and money to no avail. We spent millions arming the rebels that fought Russia…..Afghanistan was a proxy war….but most seem to conveniently forget that fact……after Russia departed we left Afghanistan and cut all ties and the Taleban and AQ were our rewards for stupidity…..
Now we go to Syria….you remember that corner of the world, right?
Source: Obama Lost the Middle East While Putin is Building His Own Trap There | Middle East Briefing
And now the GOP has woken up to what a lot of us have been saying for 15 years…but as usual…NO One Was Listening!
Now McCain, a Senator points to ‘abdication of American leadership’ by White House and says Putin is ‘treating US with disdain and contempt’….interesting….how long have we treated Russia with disdain and contempt?
Source: John McCain says US is engaged in proxy war with Russia in Syria | US news | The Guardian
Now it is a proxy war…before it was just keeping the peace of the world…..
God I love these guys!
But with all that said and laughed at….there is still more to the story……
Source: Defining Imperialism Down: Yes, the US Has Waged War on Syria | Rogue Nation
You see Syria has been in the cross hairs of American politicos for decades……only difference is….someone finally pulled the trigger!
As usual Trump has made headlines for no other reason than he is a wanker……this time he has leveled his attacks against John McCain……now it is no secret that I have my problems with McCain on many levels but mostly on his foreign policy positions……but as bad as I hate his stands I still respect him for his service to this country…….but the hairball that is a presidential candidate has gone a bit far………
John McCain and Donald Trump have been sparring the last few days, with McCain telling the New Yorker that Trump “fired up the crazies” with his immigration comments. Today, Trump shot back in what can only be described as Trump fashion—by attacking the former prisoner of war’s military record, reports the Hill: “He’s a war hero because he got captured,” said Trump during a Q&A at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. “I like people who weren’t captured.”
McCain, of course, spent about six years as a POW in Vietnam after his plane got shot down. Ben Jacobs of the Guardian tweets that Trump says he won’t apologize, and Mediaite can’t resist noting that Trump got draft deferments.
While I may agree that calling him a war hero is a bit too much…….he is a survivor in a painful place and he deserves recognition for making it out……to me the use of “hero” is overdone…….when everyone is called a hero then it lessens the fact of a real hero that does incredible feats…….but that aside…..what has Trump done as a service to his country……
By mocking John McCain’s military record, Donald Trump has put his own record of draft deferments in the spotlight, and he’s being pretty evasive about the last of his five Vietnam-era deferments, Politico reports. The campaign describes the 1968 medical deferment, which Trump says was for bone spurs in his heels, as “minor” and “short-term,” but it appears to have kept him out of the war during the crucial 18 months before he drew a high draft number in December 1969, reports Politico, which notes that the biggest question is whether Trump got the deferment by bringing a letter from his family doctor citing the bone spur problem.
Plenty of people of military age poorer than Trump with “no doctor but health issues bigger than bone spurs” were drafted, Politico notes. The Trump campaign, asked whether there was a doctor’s letter, responded only with a general campaign statement that notes Trump’s role in creating the “Vietnam War Memorial in lower Manhattan, for which he contributed a tremendous sum of money.” Trump has been condemned by nearly all his GOP rivals, but in a USA Today op-ed, he sidesteps the Vietnam issue and continues to attack McCain, accusing him of abandoning veterans and saying he has “failed the state of Arizona and the country.” He also blasts his GOP rivals as “failed politicians or people who would be unable to succeed in the private sector.”
So Donald preferred to stay home and play it safe…….He is a coward! My feeling.
If he was not willing to stand up for the country when it needed him…..what makes you think he would do any different as president?
What say you?
For almost seven years now I have heard all the spin around anything Obama has said…..and recently NYC ex-Gestapo-esque Giuliani has said that he does not believe that the prez loves his country and so far not many in the GOP have bothered to smack him down for his irresponsible comment…..but then I was not expecting respect from the GOP….they want respect but will not give respect….so in my humble opinion….f*ck ’em!
And then I saw a quote by America’s favorite Senate rabid war hawk, McCain……..he has said …”I Am Ashamed Of My Country”…..want the full quote……
Sen. John McCain on Sunday said he is “ashamed” of the U.S., President Obama and himself for not arming Ukraine’s military in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.
“I believe that the German chancellor and the president of France legitimized for the first time in 70 years the dismemberment of a country in Europe. It’s shameful,” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Vladimir Putin has not paid any price. Even the ceasefire was violated.
McCain said that “Ukrainians aren’t asking for American boots on the ground.”
“That’s not the question here. They’re asking for weapons to defend themselves. And they are being slaughtered. And their own military’s being shattered,” he said.
“This is a shameful chapter. I’m ashamed of my country, I’m ashamed of my president, and I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t done more to help these people,” he added. “It is really, really heartbreaking.”
Thanx to The Hill for reporting on this…..now I am waiting for the GOP to go batcrap crazy over the comment.
Any bets if and when the GOP will smack down McCain for his disrespect?
I am waiting…..waiting……wait………….(the sound of his voice tails off to silence)……
A New Year and a new Congress….there will be changes now that the GOP is in control….there will be changes and some will not be for the better…..
Let’s be honest…..I am not a fan of Sen. John McCain….personally, I believe he has not been right on foreign policy in about 30 years…..with all that said he is in position to become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee…..a position he would relish…..
This could be a good thing……yep…you heard me right….a good thing. Why on earth would I say that?
With Senate leadership changing, John McCain appears poised to be the new head of the Armed Services Committee—and that could have big implications for US defense, Reuters reports. McCain has a history of criticizing what he sees as excessive spending on some weapons programs; as chair of the committee, he’ll have more control over how the Pentagon spends its cash. Defense contractors are expecting to spend more time responding to questions from Capitol Hill. Among McCain’s concerns have been a $399 billion F-35 fighter jet program as well as the continued use of Russian-made rocket engines.
Another favorite target of McCain’s has been President Obama’s foreign policy; now, he’ll have a “megaphone” with which to address the subject, the National Journal reports. He’s called, for instance, for greater US support for Ukraine’s military and boots on the ground against ISIS. But though he holds strong views, he’s also known as a negotiator on issues like immigration, the National Journal notes. “With Senator McCain, what you see is what you get. It’s part of his charm and persona, that he is a maverick—he is an outspoken maverick—that tells it like it is to anyone of any party,” says an analyst.
I would not think he would be any good for foreign policy…..but he could be a breath of fresh air when funding worthless programs like the F–35….and he may be an important voice for veternas……but that will be seen………this may be the only time that anyone will hear me say anything nice about McCain and his neocon ramblings……
Take it for what it is worth.
John McCain in some eyes is a hero…..and that title is a bit vague…..his survival in a POW camo is not heroic….it was an amazing feat to survive…..any way you remember the prisoner deal that brought a US soldier, Bergdahl?
Like everything McCain has to weight in, especially if it is about foreign policy and world affairs……90% of the time he is DEAD wrong…….now that he is a shoo in for the Foreign affairs committee he being more vocal than normal…..
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says a Senate Armed Services Committee under his leadership would try to uncover more details about President Obama’s decision to exchange Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s for five Taliban prisoners.
“Oh yeah, we’re going to find out about that,” McCain told reporters on Thursday.
“Absolutely. Absolutely. You can count on that one,” he added.
Bergdahl’s release became a flash point earlier this year, after the White House went around Congress to secure his release by swapping five Taliban detainees from Guantánamo Bay.
The trade for Bergdahl angered Capitol Hill Democrats and Republicans, as the administration kept the prisoner exchange secret until after it was completed, ignoring a law requiring 30 days advance notice to members of Congress before any detainee release from Guantánamo.
Is he such a douche that he cannot be happy that an American is returned to his country and home…..after all it is what happened to him. Does he somehow he think he was important deserving of freedom than Bergdahl?
After all the back deals that the Nixon people did with the North Vietnamese would he want an investigation of his release?
Personally, I am sick of the sanctimonious assholes…..how about you?
News that should make people realize that McCain’s opinions are as worthless as tits on a boar!
How many times have you or your family heard that great American “patriot”, John McCain, scream about the failure of the Obama administration for not coming to the aid of the rebels in their fight against Assad and now ISIS? How many times?
From the beginning McCain has been yelling and ranting about the need to arm and supply the rebels….of course this coming from a senator that has been wrong on foreign policy for at least 20 years……….and he screamed about Libya, Georgia (the country not the state), Syria, etc….one rebellion after another…..he spent more time in front of the cameras than some news anchors….but what about his calls for arming rebels…….
When President Obama was trying to decide whether to arm rebels fighting the Syrian government, he asked the CIA to examine its long track record on such things. The review’s conclusion? It’s usually a waste of time and money—and sometimes only makes matters worse, reports the New York Times. The review looked back over the agency’s 67-year history and found that time and time again—from the Bay of Pigs, to the Sandinistas, to Somali warlords—providing arms to insurgent forces rarely had any significant effect on how things turned out.
That proved especially true if the US provided arms without having American personnel on the ground to provide guidance, as is the case with Syria. One notable exception: The CIA provided arms and training to Afghan rebels fighting the Soviet Union in the 1980s, and the rebels eventually drove the Soviets out. However, intelligence officers from Pakistan were on the ground helping the Afghan fighters. President Obama decided last month to provide limited assistance to Syrian rebels fighting ISIS, prompting a blogger at Firedog Lake to wonder, “What’s the point of commissioning a study just to ignore it?”
Once again McCain has proved that he is nothing but a political hack and still knows NOTHING about foreign policy.
Maybe now would be a good time to stop listening to McCain and giving him a platform to spout his ignorant rants……he proves time and time again to be a front man for the Military-Industrial Complex and not a good US senator……..
When it comes to American foreign policy Sen. john McCain has been wrong for 30 years….ergo he has his head firmly lodged in his butt.
The only part of the American political scene that is worthy of my attention is the slap fight that McCain is having with Rand Paul……and the slap fight he is having with Obama. And all the slaps are over American foreign policy.
After a couple of weeks of Paul/McCain back and forth about foreign policy…..he, McCain, has once again turned his attention to Obama……I knew it would not take long , now that the war has begun…..McCain needs to poke at the prez as often as he can…..I believe he gets bonus funds for doing so from the M-IC special interests…..
In a 60 Minutes interview last night, President Obama asserted that the US had “underestimated” the looming threat posed by ISIS, but John McCain strongly disagrees. “We predicted what would happen if we didn’t leave residual force [in Iraq],” McCain tells CNN. “His intelligence comments—the intelligence people are pushing back hard. We predicted this and watched it. It was like watching a train wreck and warning every step of the way that this was happening.” The latest crisis, he adds, is “a direct result of [Obama’s] failure to leave a residual force behind,” Politico reports. Are we currently at war? “Of course we are,” he notes.
It is just pathetic that this “real American hero” cannot keep his mouth shut. He refuses to believe that the Iraqi prez, Maliki, did not want American forces left in the country….NONE what so ever. Now in hindsight he may have screwed himself with that policy…..but was just that…HIS policy NOT Obama’s……..
This is really not that hard to grasp for someone with a small brain……..but apparently McCain has lost the capability to tell or recognize the truth……a common malady of and aging Republican. Just like most of the mental midgets in the GOP……they have lots of criticism but kinda thin on solutions ……but to be truthful…….they have NO solutions to any problem this country is facing.
At least McCain is consistent…….he has proven that he has NO grasp of international relations…..all he has is a mouth that will not stop and a brain that will not start.