McCain is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

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If Senator John McCain had his way, we would be at war in Syria and Egypt at this very moment.  The people of the United States have to be thrilled that he lost the election in 2008, or he could now be the man making decisions in the White House.  As usual, McCain is wrong, wrong, wrong.

McCain told Politico that the United States has no credibility in the Mideast because of President Obama’s ‘inaction’ in Egypt.  He also reprimanded the President for not invading Syria when they supposedly ‘crossed the red line’ and the forces of Assad used chemical weapons.  (No definitive proof has been offered that chemical weapons have been deployed, nor by which side.)

Senator McCain, the reason we have no credibility in the Mideast is because we invaded two sovereign countries, and one of them under entirely false pretenses.

What gives the United States the right to interfere in the political future of another country?  I believe he is correct, that we should cease financial aid to any country in conflict.  If I were making the decision, we would cut-off any and all foreign aid and use the money at home.

After last week’s violence in Egypt, he said, “for us to sit by and watch this happen is a violation of everything we stood for.” And he accused the interim regime of preaching “anti-Americanism.”

Keep your nose and the U.S. out of the affairs of all countries, especially the Middle East.  We have damaged too many countries already, including Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

There is no place for ‘hawks’ such as McCain in the 21st century.  In fact, it’s time for him and many like him to retire; they are out of touch with the world and their own country.

Asked by CNN host Candy Crowley if the president had been weak in the Middle East, McCain said, “There is no policy. And there is no strategy.”

“We are much more hated and much less respected than we were in 2009,” in the Middle East region, McCain said.

We don’t need another Bush who decided to shoot first and use diplomacy later.

If McCain is eager to fight another war, give him a gun and let him go.  America cannot afford to lose more lives and spend billions more dollars to lose another conflict.  McCain is usually wrong, but this time he is completely mistaken regarding American interference in the Mideast.

James Turnage

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