Skip to comments.Sen. John McCain: Send Weapons To Ukraine
Posted on 04/09/2014 8:04:03 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
[Caption:] U.S. Senator John McCain, center, speaks as Democratic Senator from the state of Connecticut, Chris Murphy, second left, and Opposition leader Oleh Tyahnybok [All Ukrainian Union "Svoboda" leader], stand around him during a Pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
Sen. John McCain (R. Ariz.) advocated for sending arms to Ukraine Tuesday [link at URL] on Fox News.
McCain acknowledged the arms would not likely enable Ukraine to defeat the Russians in open war, but emphasized it could improve the Ukrainian military's morale and ensure that the Russians would have "a real fight on their hands" if they invaded further.
Host Neil Cavuto asked McCain if the Europeans should be the ones to step up and assist Ukraine considering their position "in the neighborhood" and interests with respect to Russian energy.
"We always want the Europeans to man up," McCain said, "but it's the United States of America that leads. If we're not going to do anything, how the hell do you expect the Europeans to do something on their own? We are not doing anything, so why should they? The United States has got to lead."
McCain also criticised President Obama for not only failing to lead in Ukraine, but shying away from assisting the Free Syrian Army [link at URL].
Full Interview: [Fox News/Cavuto video link (via YouTube) at URL]
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And why is McCain and Chris Murphy on stage with (of all people) Oleh Tyhanybok of "Svoboda"?
Putin is a thug, and we all know this... but send weapons over there? Let Europe do if if they so desire. Right?
What would have happened if we had armed Syrian rebels? Whose hands might they have ended up in?
Whose hands might arms end up in if we send them to Ukraine?
Svoboda? Right Sector? Others not any better than they?
Lets just send McCain.
or kill the start Treaty
Just send Juan McLame in his Depends with a knife.
If we send weapons to the Ukraine, don’t be surprised if Russian equipment ends up in the hands of Atzlan seperatists.
Blow back sucks.
Let’s send Congress to Ukraine.
Yes. It is actually a suspended threat that would do far more mischief to us than pawn grabbing former Soviet territories for missile bases will do to the Russian Federation.
Lets send Congress to Ukraine.
The Ukraine might be filled with Communists, Nazis and poofs, but they have done nothing to deserve that severe a fate.
He can take Meghan with him.
A weaker than weak Europe ultimately leads to where we are now. A mess with thug Putin at the helm and the Kosovo referendum still biting.
It could very well have been a huge mistake if we had armed Syrian rebels. Who knows where the weapons would have ended up in Syria. Can anyone say “fast and furious”?
Isn’t the Logan Act supposed to stop this? Damned old meddling fool!
Considering McCain’s overt actions supporting AlQaida in Syria and neo-Nazis in Kiev, perhaps McCain could be charged with crimes against humanity by the international court. It would be a fitting end to his malignant career.
Yeah McCain how much did one of your military contractors donors just pay you to suggest that?
No problem McQueeg, just climb on the top of your chariot.
Remember when Rand Paul ripped into McCain over those pics of McCain in Syria? Did McCain ever get in any hot water over that? Nope. Stood next to Oleh - and no trouble over that, either.
#19 meant for Grampa Dave
Yep. Ukraine is not just Russia's back yard, it's their back porch.
Yeah, send more of our boys (and women) to die for noting.
Somebody needs to tell McCain you lost. You'll never be president. So stop acting like one.
perhaps McCain could be charged with crimes against humanity by the international court.
That will never happen when the IC is just such a transnational meddler and provocateur as McCain.
I would turn it around. They're not willing to do anything so why should we?
I guess John just isn't happy without a war or two going on.
I still can’t get over that pic of him standing next to Oleh. Of all people...
And those pics of him in Syria - I didn’t think it could get any worse than that.
Somebody needs to tell McCain you lost. You’ll never be president. So stop acting like one.
Also that he had his shot at racking up kill points. The quarter ran out on his pinball game a while ago.
I wondered the exact same thing.
McCain, one of Americas remaining fighter Aces. He is responsible for the loss of 5 aircraft, unfortunately all were American. Does that count?
What a jerk.
Advocates gun control for Americans and wants to give guns to Ukraine.
McCain needs to remain speechless and hold his opinions quiet and only within Congregational meetings so that a coherent foreign policy can be devised.
Going rogue has gotten very old and unproductive, Senator McCain.
Publicly, go silent. You won't look like such a fool and show enemies the chasm in this president's foreign policy (for whatever THAT is).
I’m so glad I voted against this guy in the Presidential election. Can you imagine what would have happened had he won?
Obama’s dismantling of America is intentional, and in the open.
Agree wholeheartedly, McGruff. McCain further muddles an already muddled Obama foreign affair policy.
Reminds me of Jane Fonda in 'Nam.
>Somebody needs to tell McCain you lost.<
The only way to do that is for AZ to jerk him off the political stage.
Can’t we just send McCain there? And leave him?
There’s two hundred armed federal officers surrounding a cattle rancher in Nevada. Send them to Ukraine and let them confront someone their own size.
Look Up McCain and song bird.
He was almost as much a traitor as kerry.
Just send McCain....
Send McCain to the Ukraine, and don’t let him come back.
Senility and stupidity should be cause to remove someone from their Senate seat. Do the people of AZ not understand that this man has lost his marbles?
FDR and Churchill not only stood next to Stalin, they also sent substantial amounts of material aid to Uncle Joe, the mass murderer, who made WWII possible via the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The problem with the Soviet Union was only partly that it was Communist. The primary issue was Russian imperialism. Russia simply refused to stay within its already massive borders, built over centuries of brutal armed conquests, complete with mass killings, and attempted to forge a global empire via a nifty ideology that provided all the excuses it needed. In order to slow the down the progress of the centuries-old Russian zeal for universal empire, cooperating with a right-wing Ukrainian leader whose body count might add up to the hundreds, if you believe
Pravda Russia Today, is small potatoes.
Russia and Syria helped kill our soldiers in Iraq. Now we’re going to make them pay for it. Die Russian scum!
So, FDR and Churchill stood next to Stalin. McCain is two ahead of them.
“cooperating with a right-wing [actually left wing] Ukrainian leader whose body count might add up to the hundreds...is small potatoes”
To that quote I say: Relativism by any other name is still the same.
as to RT (Russia Today): they were the first news outlet in the world to break the news that a U.S. aircraft carrier was heading to off the coast of Syria back when Obama was “considering.” bombing Assad's regime. Slowly, others (even “western” media outlets) followed in their reporting of this.
RT has also been the first to break other news pieces. Don't be so quick to write them off. Sure, verify first, but they are pretty good at digging up stuff that Western media outlets just won't touch. But they also post junk too, so, as I said, verify first. They may be somewhat “Pravda” but not whole cloth.
MSNBC and CNN are America's “Pravda,” and are actually worse than RT.
American politicians like McCain could care less about America’s security, but they’re passionate about the Ukraine and Syria.
Send them oil and LNG. Europe, too.
Just shut up, John. Please.
The world we live in is populated by imperfect people. That's why we helped Russians hold off the Germans by supplying them and opening a second front in North Africa, Southern Europe and then Western Europe. Both were responsible for the deaths of tens of millions but we ended up backing the lesser of two evils, despite the Russian record of genocide under both the Bolsheviks and the Romanovs. The KLA, the Syrian rebels and the Ukrainian right aren't angels, but neither are their adversaries. Even if you add all of the deaths on both sides in the conflicts they fought, the total doesn't hold a candle to the bloodshed inflicted by Russia on the world.
In the Ukrainian context, it's obvious that Ukraine is a less-developed country with no ambition or chance of ever conquering the world. Russia is precisely the kind of world-conquering power that needs to have its territorial goals kept in check before it acquires enough population and resources to become unstoppable.