Skip to comments.GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain (Temper) Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting
Posted on 02/06/2014 5:59:05 AM PST by xzins
Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syriadespite strong evidence that theyre run by Islamic terroristsJohn McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill.
The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the regions minority Christian community. Christians make up about 10% of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. They say the media and human rights groups in the west have been largely silent on the ordeal of the Christians in Syria.
A number of churches have been destroyed or burned, children were killed when rebels fired mortar rockets at an Armenian Christian school in Damascus and countless others have been abducted by Islamic fighters, the Syrian delegation reveals in a statement published by the research group, Westminster Institute, that brought them to Washington. Eleven nuns have also been abducted and are still in captivity and two bishops are still missing after getting kidnapped during a humanitarian mission.
But Senator McCain, an Arizona Republican, evidently doesnt want to hear negative stories about the rebels hes working to arm. So he stormed out of a closed-door meeting with the Syrian clergy officials last week. Held in the Senate Arms Services Committee meeting room, the reunion also included senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Graham is a Republican and the rest are Democrats.
McCain marched into the committee room yelling, according to a high-level source that attended the meeting, and quickly stormed out. He was incredibly rude, the source told Judicial Watch because he didnt think the Syrian church leaders should even be allowed in the room. Following the shameful tantrum McCain reentered the room and sat briefly but refused to make eye contact with the participants, instead ignoring them by looking down at what appeared to be random papers.
The outburst was so embarrassing that Senator Graham, also an advocate of U.S. military intervention in Syria, apologized for McCains disturbing outburst. Graham actually apologized to the group for McCains behavior, according to the source, who sat through the entire meeting. It was truly unbelievable.
Not really, for those familiar with McCains history on this matter. The veteran lawmaker is enamored with a controversial young Syria expert, Elizabeth OBagy, who has managed to convince him as well as the president and secretary of state that Syrian rebels are mostly moderate and not terrorists. While persuading the U.S. of this, OBagy concealed that she was a political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), a group that advocates for Syrias rebels from Washington D.C.
Before getting exposed by conservative media outlets, OBagy claimed to be an objective analyst at a Washington D.C. think-tank that studies military affairs when in fact she had a reputation as the leading expert on the armed opposition in the Syrian revolution, according to SETF. In September OBagy was abruptly fired from the think-tank for padding her resume and McCain graciously hired her. Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year, McCain said in a statement to the political news publication that broke the story in late September.
Besides the fact that a Syrian Islamist group is essentially steering U.S. policy, a number of domestic and international media outlets have confirmed that terroristsmainly Al Qaedaare running opposition forces in Syria. For instance the New York Times published a piece that reveals Islamist rebelsincluding the most extreme groups in the notorious Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-aligned forceare running the show in Syria. The Islamist character of the opposition reflects the main constituency of the rebellion, the story says. Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.
Incredibly, last month an international news agency reported that Congress secretly approved U.S. weapons flow to what officials describe as moderate Syrian rebel factions. The White House refused to comment on the back-door operation, but the story cites U.S. and European officials who say the weapons deliveries have been funded by the U.S. Congress, in votes behind closed doors, through the end of government fiscal year 2014.
For whatever reason Mad John McCain wants to arm al Qaeda terrorists in Syria, and he insults Christian leaders who are in DC to report on the persecution and murders of Christians in Syria.
McCain truly is Insane.
The scumbag really does see himself as some kind of royalty.
John McCain is a product of the AZ electorate.
John McCain needs to be retired...............
It is my belief that a similar tantrum led to poor judgement that got him shot down and imprisoned.
What horrible behavior, he must be in the throes of full blown dementia
Shame on you, AZ voters, for sending this unhinged blabber-mouth to represent you in the Senate. And he had the gall to call our brilliant senator, Ted Cruz, a “wacko bird” for opposing the greatest fiasco of our age, ObamaCare. McCain is a disgrace.
McShamey is such an embarrassment.
Translation: "She tells me what I want to hear and has been there to invent data to back-up any irrational, knee-jerk position I may take on a particular issue."
McCain's family by this point should've had McCain locked up in some lala land where he can do no more harm. I would also like to add that it's disgraceful that DC pols, both political parties, are using him for political gain rather than stop the destruction to humanity he is causing.
I'm waiting for the Senate and HOR to censure him....(sarcasm)
Or he always has been a jerk
This is not the kind of person who should be in any position of such importance. This sounds more than insane, more like evil possession. Just saying.
McStain obviously has mental issues arising from likely senile dementia. He should be recalled. I don’t think the guy is mentally competent anymore.
He’s not one who calmed with age is he?
No wise elder with this one. The classic bitter old man.
The man should be removed from office. He can’t tell enemy from friend.
Both at home and abroad.
No, McCain has always been known for his nasty temper. He's not some doddering old guy who isn't responsible for his actions. He's just a venomous, mean SOB.
Time for the old bastard to go to Hospice ...
It’s a wonder the others didn’t storm out behind McPain so he could lead them to the nearest TV camera. People in AZ must be truly insane.
The whole thing may have been pre-arranged so that Lovable Lindsey could look “reasonable” for his uninformed SC constituents.
I can’t imagine that even Linda wants to remind folks in conservative SCarolina that this McCain guy who supports terrorists murdering Christians in Syria is his best buddy.
We know SC people are uninformed, or otherwise Lindsey would be running last in their field of Senate candidates.
I read somewhere that even Nancy Davis Reagan hold McPain in low esteem at least off the record. But not as low as she holds Oliver North
Judicial Watch really needs to fact-check its stories to avoid obvious errors like this . . .
That this situation is deadly for Syrian Christians, who have been protected by Assad, will be slaughtered by the "Islamic Moderate" rebels seems not to concern McCain.
He should never be in a position of leadership much less in a position that means life or death for Christians being protected by Assad,
Oh McCain.....You've done it again!!!
Is there a way for a citizen from Arizona to request test be done on McCain to see if he’s stable?
We talk about Obama being thin skinned. maccain is right up there with him. Neither have ever made a mistake.
McCain needs to retire. We’ll probably find out later he’s banging O’Bagy.
McCain is one of those atheists who hate Christians. It’s just that simple.
From now on I’m calling him “Big Fatty Face” like in the commercial.
What are the errors?
The statement "Graham is a republican and the rest are Democrats" could be more accurate and say "Graham is a NeoCon Republican and the rest are Liberal Interventionist Democrats". Saying it that way, the statement identifies which political party each is in as well as which foreign policy they subscribe to.
The issue, arming the Syrian rebels, is not about political parties, it is about foreign policy doctrine.
What do the NeoCons(R) think?
What do the Liberal Interventionists(D) think?
What so the Realists(R & D) think?
What do the Isolationists(R) think?
What do the Antiwar Pacifists(D) think.
In the spring of 2013 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee took a vote on whether or not to arm the Syrian Rebels. The committee voted 15 to 3 to arm the rebels. 15 republicans and democrats voted to arm the rebels and 3 republicans and democrats(2 dems plus 1 pub) voted against arming the rebels.
The committee vote was along doctrinal lines, not political party lines. The NeoCons, Realists, and Liberal Interventionists on the committee voted to arm the rebels. The Antiwar Pacifists and Isolationists on the committee voted against arming the rebels.
The people of the state of Arizona need to apologize for that it is THEIR fault.
There are no good guys fighting on either side of the Syrian conflict, but we are definitely funding the bad guys, which is insanity.
I wonder how bad a choice over him Obama truly was. Seems to me they were running neck and neck for worse selection for president in recorded US history.
“Not really. The wife usually has the job of apologizing for the loutish behavior of her husband.”
Sometimes it’s the other way around.
Unfortunately, when it comes to foreign policy, our choices seem to have narrowed down to neocons (GW Bush, McCain) vs. liberal interventionists (Obama, Clinton). We haven't had a realist candidate on the ballot since Reagan or an "isolationist" since Robert Taft ran for President. And the Democrats haven't run a "pacifist" since McGovern.
Stories of Al Nusra's acts of terrorism and persecution of Christians don't square with McCain's view of them as heroic freedom fighters, so his senile, quasi-demented brain copes with the information in the best way that it can: by blocking it out.
He threw similar hissy fits when confronted with facts about crime and poverty along the AZ/Mexico border when lawmakers in his own state opposed his push for amnesty.
I understand that he has his warts, but the Republican voters in Arizona, as demonstrated by their votes, love him, warts and all.
You can say the same about any hack politician who gets re-elected. Nothing helps more than being an entrenched incumbent. It worked for Obama in 2012, didn't it?
He also can't tolerate someone disagreeing with him and he will come at them with a VENGEANCE!!!
oooohhhhhhh....you could be right!!! Making Linda look reasonable......hmmmmmm.
You can make the broad generalization that under Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and GHW Bush that the Realists had the upper hand but under Clinton the liberal interventionists rose to power and under GW Bush the neocons rose to power.
In 2008 McCain campaigned on a NeoCon foreign policy and Obama campaigned on realist foreign policy. In 2012 Romney went to great lengths to try to project that Realists and NeoCons would have a place in his admiministration, but towards the end of the campaign it became obvious that the NeoCons would be in charge if Romney won.
Bill Clinton retained General Powell(realist) as joint chief, but he resigned because he strongly disagreed with the liberal interventionist Albright. General Powell also resigned under GHW Bush because he strongly disagreed with NeoCon Cheney.
Obama campaigned in 2008 as a Brzezinsky style realist but governed more or less like a liberal interventionist. George W. Bush promised a realist foreign policy as candidate in 2000 but governed like a neocon.
The liberal interventionists and neocons are called Idealists, sometimes Wilsonian Idealists and their idealism manifests as humanitarianism, nation building, and spreading democracy. So it is really the Idealists versus the Realists.
As for Obama, he did follow the realists in 2009 and 2010, but when he began his campaign for re-election in 2011 he shifted to the liberal interventionists. He didn't want to get Carterized. And after his re-election he is back to realist.
For example: He hired George Mitchell(realist) as special envoy to push on Israel regarding the Palestinians. And when Obama began his re-election campaign in 2011, he got rid of Mitchell and stopped pushing on Israel, but not totally. Obama appointed Dan Shapiro(realist) as ambassador to work around Bibi. Then, after re-election, he put Kerry(realist) in as SoS who is pushing very hard on Israel.
That was probably a mistake. It doesn't make any difference how hard Kerry or anybody else pushes on Israel, Israel ain't gonna make a deal with the Palestinians.
By moving Kerry from chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to SoS, Obama lost control of the committee. Liberal Interventionist dem Menendez now controls the committee and Realist republican Corker is very weak.
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