Skip to comments.McCain Blasts Obama For 'Timid' Response to Russia
Posted on 03/17/2014 10:36:45 AM PDT by McGruff
Sen. John McCain blasted the "timidity" of the Obama administrations sanctions on Russian officials Monday, saying that the White House needs a "fundamental reassessment" of the relationship between the United States and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"This presidents response I dont know how it could have been weaker, besides doing nothing," McCain said during an appearance on MSNBCs Andrea Mitchell Reports.
The Arizona Republican said that Putin is likely "encouraged by the absolute timidity" of the U.S. reaction to Russia's incursion into Crimea.
"I dont know when the president and his advisers are going to wake up to what Putin is really all about," he added. "We've got to start with a fundamental reassessment of our relationship with him."
McCain, who just returned from a trip to Ukraine with seven other lawmakers, recommended that the United States instead provide Ukrainian forces with defensive weapons and training.
"One of the things that I would do is send some of our military to Kiev and find out how we can best assist them," he said.
He must feel bad sometimes for handing him the election...
Don’t worry, tomorrow McCain will kissing Barry’s rear end.
I wish this dinosaur would just retire. Sad watching people like this clown trying to stay relevant.
Mom jeans and McNasty are both losers.
McCain and Obama, both are wrong to the other extreme. One does nothing, the other wants to start WW III.
Wonder how this would play out under President Romney?
Now we know who was really running the WOT.
Also explains some of Bush’s dumber ideas (ie TSA).
If this lunatic McCain had his way, we would be fighting and dying in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Ukraine.
Man never met a war he didn’t like.
The truth of the matter is we can’t do much of anything short of starting WWIII, ruining OUR economy and making enemies with the EU who will receive the brunt of any retaliation.
McDork is the only person whom I hold in almost as low a regard as I do the Obamadork.
Why isn't McCain locked up at Guantanamo for meeting with and enabling terrorists in Syria? What would we do if a half dozen Russian Senators came to the US to meet with a group involved in a violent coup?
Yes...he should add that he is the one largely responsible by his own weakness in exposing the real Obama in the debates.
“..Sometimes I’m glad he lost.”
For sure, things would be much better if he had won, but by how much — we will never know. Yes, John Strangelove would make a good sequel to “Dr. Strangelove”...Slim Pickens would be jealous of that picture.
It can be done without starting World War III. Read up on how Ronald Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union to help win the Cold War. He did it through energy policy.
The problem (okay, only one problem) with Obama is that he is incapable of seeing a picture that is bigger than his own ego. If you cross him, he goes after you personally.
I wish this freakin idiot would just keep his mouth shut. We don’t need him goading that other moron in the White House into WW3. He tried real hard in Syria to get us involved with helping anti-Christian Fundamentalist rebels.
Has his shadow weighed in yet, Linda Graham
Why should Obama get excited? From what I can tell, he didn’t run for POTUS to strengthen or help America but to take her down. Obama is a died-in-the-wool Socialist/Marxist which agrees with totalitarianism. Most evidence I’ve seen suggests Obama does not like a free society. Seems like he’s more inclined to agree with Putin than to rail against him in defense of freedom.
Hey John, we’re appalled at your timid response to an opponent who has squandered trillions of OUR hard earned money, shredded the Constitution, made us a laughingstock on foreign policy, has presided over unprecedented corruption, and diminished individual liberty, all without one iota of personal accountability or responsibility. This is one of your “friends from across the aisle.” Remember when you reassured us that we had nothing to fear with him as president? Remember when you said he was a “good and decent man,” and refused to let Sarah Palin go after him? News flash Senator— those who stand for freedom and prosperity have no friends across the aisle!
McCain should resign and check himself into a clinic. Good for him and the rest of the world.
but, Senator, you told us that we had NOTHING TO FEAR from this guy being President...
Americans Blast McCain For 'Timid' Response to Obama.
The problem is McCain is as detached from reality as his Ukrainian hosts.
Russia is a superpower. Its not an errant child. And why he is surprised it does what a superpower can do?
And Russia’s interests will always differ from America’s. Our influence with Moscow is exceedingly limited.
Which is which?
But could we do the same today? We didn't have a 17 trillion dollar debt load in the 1980’s
It probably wouldn't even happen under a Romney presidency.
Russia would just wait until another dem got elected.
obama lacks a keystone to bring down this arch-foe...
“Wonder how this would play out under President Romney?”
With Romney, Keystone would have already been built. He would have offered Europe cheap energy which would have made the Russians think differently.
Then he would have issued sanctions for Russia condemning gay sex.
Sorry, McVain. I’m not interested on siccing our hollowed-out military on Russia over a piece of Russian land which was given to Ukraine as a political favor by a Communist Party boss a mere 60 years ago.
Russia is a superpower.
LOL. Russia is a one trick pony kleptocracy one financial crisis from ruin. Putin is adventuring to distract the Russian people lest they notice the decay in their country.
He should go himself. Bring a weapon and tell everyone what to do. Would the Arizonans who constantly foist this nutcase on us figure put then that a few flights before getting shot down and then six years in jail does no necessarily make one a military leader
Where are all of his jail mates telling of his great leadership? He got hurt. Ok they all did. Some of them did quite well, but e cause they were leaders before, during and after, not because they were in jail
He is an idiot and he feels his power slipping away. No one in this country wants anyone to go to war. we are done for now. He doesn’t realize that. He’s an idiot
Good question. Everything that's happening now was put on course by decisions made 3-5 years ago.
McLame it is time to hang up the cowboy boots and retire the cowboy hat. Time to fade off into the sunset. What a waste of hot air!
In a press conference in Kiev, McCain , seven other senators, John Barasso (R-Wyo.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), said Congress stood with the people of Ukraine. They called for strict sanctions against Russia. However, McCain went further than his colleagues.
"Ukraine is going to need a long-term military assistance program from the U.S. -- equipment both lethal and nonlethal," said McCain
What should we do if China decides to invade Taiwan? Risk WWIII?
If America had become a significant exporter of LNG a few years ago, Gazprom (also known as “Russia”) would be far less pathological today.
I cordially loathe McCain as much as the next FReeper, but Palin would have drilled, baby, drilled - and granted LNG export licenses.
When the world is full of pathological extraction economies, a strong Energy policy IS strong Foreign policy.
Russia is not a superpower. It has a huge nuclear capability, but economically it is far from being a superpower. Its GDP is 8th in the world just behind Brazil and ahead of Italy. It has a fertility rate of 1.61% and the life expectancy for males is 64.7%. Average life expectancy is 70.16 years making in 151st in the world.
We could say the same about McCain’s response (circa 2008) to the threat of an Obama presidency.
You are a fool. Despite all of McCain’s faults, he would handle this the way it should be handled with a show of force.
I wonder how high his score was in electronic poker before he decided to act mad about something.
We could. We could frack. We could export coal and natural gas to Europe like they've been asking us to do and undersell and undercut the Russians. We could hit them where it hurts.
Unfortunately, what we don't have is a leader with the will of a Ronald Reagan. Or even a leader.
I blast McCain for his timid response to DEMOCRATS!
I disagree. The advantage we had back then was also technology. Via Clinton’s give-aways and educating/employing all the foreigners we have, that advantage has dwindled as well.
McCain was highly disappointed. He couldn’t find any Mooslimes to support in Ukraine.
Crimean Tartars are Muslim.
Oh, well maybe he can put together an arms deal after all.