Senator John McCain throws himself in front of every camera he can find. Even though he's continually wrong.
Didn’t catch who it was from, but a tweet made the rounds the other day saying the Sunday Shows were now going to be called Meet John McCain, Face the John McCain, John McCain News Sunday, State of the John McCain, and of course, John McCain’s NFL Sunday Football.
The Arizona Senator had just finished throwing himself in front of every television camera he could find, loudly denouncing President Obama’s strategy for dealing with ISIS. He got in a verbal sparring match with with Jay Carney, where he repeatedly stated Carney’s facts were false.
Let’s say that again; John McCain accused someone else of disseminating false information. John McCain said that. That takes brass ones.
ISIS, Iraq, Syria, the entire mess in the Middle East is something McCain is complicit in. It is no secret that he was one of the voices convincing Americans that invading Iraq was the right thing to do. We all know how that turned out. The invasion McCain endorsed laid the foundation for today’s turmoil.
When the Benghazi attack happened, the right wing leapt at the chance to use the tragedy for political gain. John McCain was no exception. Republicans spent twenty months pounding the Benghazi drum, aiding the terrorists in spreading fear and division amongst their targeted populace and sowing further seeds of distrust in the administration. Until the GOP was proved wrong, and they all promptly dropped it.
It’s no wonder then, that McCain is having so much trouble fighting off persistent rumors that he had a hand in forming ISIS in the first place. When he travelled surreptitiously to Syria in 2013, McCain posed for pictures with many of the Syrian fighters. These images are currently making the rounds of the Internet, claiming that these men are now ISIS leaders.
No, it isn’t true. John McCain didn’t pose for pictures with America’s current enemy. But the story gained so much traction because it seems very plausible. McCain is now such a warmongering cartoon of a politician that people believed this story easily. He was a loud proponent of arming the Syrian fighters after all, and many of these men would go on to form ISIS.
But none of these drawbacks stop McCain from getting in front of cameras to moan about President Obama’s foreign policy choices. He has specifically focused on how there should have been residual military personnel left in Iraq. Apparently Senator McCain forgets how he trumpeted the withdrawal of those Americans as a victory for George W. Bush. How’s that for false facts, John?
So what, exactly, upsets Senator McCain about Obama’s foreign policies? The President, until recently, heavily favored diplomacy over engaging in war. Especially in an area of the world that Americans barely comprehend. That makes McCain insanely angry. He loves war. Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran, remember?
McCain used his experience as a POW to sell himself as a war hero for political gain. But there were hundreds of other men who experienced the same hellish imprisonment that he did. That alone does not qualify a man for public service, and many of these men will tell you that themselves. Especially when John McCain seems so unwilling to learn from his past.
No matter how many times they see the futility of war, no matter how many lives are lost, and no matter how much money they squander, men like McCain never have and never will learn their lessons. They are the first to promote war, and now that Obama is as well, are the first to complain that war isn’t going to be fought how they want it to be fought.
Sadly, it’s always easier to sell war than it is to sell diplomacy. And when you have Fox News broadcasting your agenda 24/7, it’s even easier.
And so, John McCain crashes and burns repeatedly as he did with the planes he piloted in Vietnam, wounding and killing more of his comrades than the enemy. He was wrong about Iraq, wrong about Libya, and wrong about Syria. Yet he continues on regardless, bile erupting from him so regularly that he seems a walking and talking pit of seething fury, hardly human at all. No wonder he regularly advocates war, he knows no peace.
There is another reason why John McCain desperately wants so much camera time, to distance himself from his legacy; Sarah Palin. When Obama led him in the polls in 2008, and at a pivotal moment of his life, McCain chose as his Vice President an absolutely unqualified, inexperienced, and self-aggrandizing political actor.
In his desperation to become President, he put America at risk of being led by someone who was repeatedly proven to be terribly incompetent. John McCain will forever be remembered for unleashing Palin unto the world. It is a clear illustration of his selfishness and cowardice.
John McCain isn’t going anywhere. A man this desperate to be remembered for anything other than Sarah Palin will take great pains to speak to any and all subjects. And so he will continue to be as prevalent as ever. And just as wrong. And just as irrelevant. Change the channel.
Oh, and sign this petition asking the Sunday Shows to stop having McCain on so regularly.
“Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country. And I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.” ~ Senator John McCain, Concession Speech, 2008