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  • John McCain and Lindsey Graham call for 20,000 troops in Syria and Iraq

    11/30/2015 7:51:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/30/2015
    Two senior senators called on Sunday for Washington to nearly triple military force levels in Iraq to 10,000 and send an equal number of troops to Syria as part of a multinational ground force to counter Islamic State in both countries. Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham criticised Barack Obama's incremental Islamic State strategy, which relies on airstrikes and modest support to local ground forces in Iraq and Syria, and said the need for greater US involvement was underlined by this month's Paris attacks. "The only way you can destroy the caliphate is with a ground component,"said Graham, who is...
  • John McCain calls for 10,000 US ground troops in Syria

    11/19/2015 6:47:17 AM PST · by McGruff · 63 replies
    France 24 ^ | November 19, 2015
    The United States could 'take out' the Islamic State (IS) group with the deployment of 10,000 ground troops, US Senator John McCain has told FRANCE 24 in an exclusive interview. The Republican former presidential candidate said the IS group posed "a direct threat" to the United States that could be dealt a knock-out blow with a ground deployment in Syria. "Ground troops [means] about 10,000 Americans with a coalition of Arab countries, hopefully NATO countries, maybe even France, where we could go in on the ground with sufficient air support to take out ISIS," McCain said, using another acronym for...
  • We Need to Take a Tougher Line With Putin

    11/01/2015 6:58:46 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 44 replies
    Newsweek ^ | November 1, 2015 | William Courtney and Donald Jensen
    In responding to Russian thrusts in Ukraine and Syria, the West has relied on economic sanctions or conceded initiative to Moscow. Experience shows that direct measures-ones that target troublesome behavior-are more likely to be effective. In Ukraine and Syria, the West seems less sure of its aims and less committed to achieving them. In contrast, Russia appears to have clearer goals, cares more about outcomes, lies closer to the contested theater and acts with dispatch. This was also true when the USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979. President Jimmy Carter responded by seeking to organize a boycott of the 1980 Summer...

    10/11/2015 9:36:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/10/15 | NEIL MUNRO
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has declared in a little-noticed TV interview that the United States should go to war against Russia, merely to block a flood of Muslim immigrants that can otherwise be stopped by a few European border guards. Rubio wants to create a “No Fly” zone over Syria to prevent the Syrian air force from bombing rebel and civilian targets. Any Russian sortie into the no-fly-zone would be “no different than any other adversary,” Rubio said Oct. 5 in a CNBC interview. His urge to shoot down Russian aircraft is a sharp break in the nation’s national security...
  • War-Weariness As an Excuse

    03/18/2014 4:40:40 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 71 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Mar 24, 2014 | William Kristol
    Are Americans today war-weary? Sure. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been frustrating and tiring. Are Americans today unusually war-weary? No. They were wearier after the much larger and even more frustrating conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. And even though the two world wars of the last century had more satisfactory outcomes, their magnitude was such that they couldnÂ’t help but induce a significant sense of war-weariness. And history shows that they did. So American war-weariness isnÂ’t new. Using it as an excuse to avoid maintaining our defenses or shouldering our responsibilities isnÂ’t new, either. But that doesnÂ’t make it...
  • McCain Blasts Obama For 'Timid' Response to Russia

    03/17/2014 10:36:45 AM PDT · by McGruff · 76 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 17th 2014 | Carrie Dann
    Sen. John McCain blasted the "timidity" of the Obama administration’s 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 president’s response – I don’t know how it could have been weaker, besides doing nothing," McCain said during an appearance on MSNBC’s 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 don’t know when the president and his advisers are going to wake up to what...
  • McCain: 'Russia is a gas station masquerading as a country'

    03/17/2014 12:46:18 AM PDT · by kingattax · 72 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-16-14 | Dylan Stableford
    Sen. John McCain returned from a trip to Ukraine on Sunday, calling for "a fundamental re-assessment" of the United States' relationship with Russian Vladimir Putin. “No more reset buttons," McCain told Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union." “No more reset buttons, no more ‘Tell Vladimir I’ll be more flexible.’ Treat him for what he is. That does not mean re-ignition of the Cold War. But it does mean treating him in the way that we understand an individual who believes in restoring the old Russian empire.” McCain, who has been critical of the Obama administration's response to the...
  • McCain: Russia deserves better than Putin as president (And America deserves better than McAmnesty)

    09/20/2013 5:04:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.gopusa.com ^ | September 19, 2013
    Russians deserve better than President Vladimir Putin, who doesn't respect human dignity or the authority of the governed, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said. Putin "doesn't believe that human nature at liberty can rise above its weaknesses and build just, peaceful, prosperous societies," McCain wrote in a commentary published by Pravda Thursday. "Or, at least, he doesn't believe Russians can. So he rules by using those weaknesses, by corruption, repression and violence. He rules for himself, not you." McCain said he isn't "anti-Russian" as he has been portrayed in Russian media.
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham to seek authorization for U.S. attack on Iran

    09/19/2013 5:10:52 PM PDT · by steelhead_trout · 70 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/18/2013 | Byron York
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of the strongest advocates of an American military strike against the Assad regime in Syria. He was unhappy when President Obama decided to seek congressional authorization for an attack, and then unhappy when his fellow lawmakers voiced disapproval of the president's plan. Graham believes the diplomatic path chosen by the administration will lead to a debacle. Given all that, Graham now says he will work with a bipartisan group of senators to craft a resolution authorizing the president to use military force -- not against the Syrian regime but against Iran. In an appearance on...
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham to seek authorization for U.S. attack on Iran

    09/18/2013 6:43:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/18/2013 | BYRON YORK
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of the strongest advocates of an American military strike against the Assad regime in Syria. He was unhappy when President Obama decided to seek congressional authorization for an attack, and then unhappy when his fellow lawmakers voiced disapproval of the president's plan. Graham believes the diplomatic path chosen by the administration will lead to a debacle.Given all that, Graham now says he will work with a bipartisan group of senators to craft a resolution authorizing the president to use military force -- not against the Syrian regime but against Iran. In an appearance on Fox...
  • Yes, America Is The World's Policeman, Like It Or Not

    09/18/2013 6:30:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/17/2013 | DENNIS PRAGER
    Yes, We Are the World's Policeman In his speech to the nation on Syria last week, the president twice emphasized that America is not the "world's policeman." According to polls, most Americans agree. Unfortunately, however, relinquishing this role assures catastrophe, both for the world and for America.
  • Obama to Visit Capitol Hill to Make Case for Syria Strike [Clown to Beg Democrat Senators]

    09/10/2013 9:36:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    630 wpro ^ | 9/10/13
    ... Obama is planning to visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday, making his case on Syria face-to-face with senators, ABC News has learned. The president is scheduled to meet with Senate Democrats at their weekly policy luncheon, two Democratic aides said, intensifying his outreach as part of the administration’s push for military strikes on Syria. He could also meet with other members of Congress, particularly those who remain undecided on Syria, officials said.
  • The Warmongering President

    09/09/2013 3:54:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2013 | Rachel Alexander,
    Who would have guessed that liberal Democrat Barack Obama would end up being one of the biggest warmongering presidents in history. It is suspected by many that his decision to militarily intervene in Syria is being done to deflect the public’s attention away from Obamacare, the IRS targeting of conservatives and the NSA surveillance scandal. Intervening on behalf of the Syrian rebels is unpopular because it is not clear that the rebels, who have been infiltrated by al Qaeda affiliates and Iranian-backed militias, are any better than President Bashar al-Assad's Shiite-controlled government, and toppling the regime may lead to instability...
  • McDonough Can’t Name One Ally

    09/08/2013 6:35:25 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    September 8, 2013 9:09 AM White House Admits It's a Coalition of One By Patrick Brennan When asked this morning if the U.S. has any pledges of military support for strikes in Syria, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough emphasized that the G20 and other nations have made supportive condemnations of the Syrian government’s actions, but repeatedly pressed by CNN’s Candy Crowley, provided no examples of countries that have endorsed or will provide personnel or equipment for a military intervention. He wouldn’t explicitly admit that the U.S. actually has no allies willing to provide support, saying, “you’re trying to...

    09/07/2013 8:17:38 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 41 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 9/7/13 | LiveLeak
    This guy just about says it all in his speech while McRino can only stare blankly ahead.
  • China backs Russia over Syria at G20 summit [Obama FAILURE on worldwide display; US Media Silent]

    09/05/2013 3:35:01 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/5/13 | Timothy Heritage
    China warned on Thursday that military intervention in Syria would hurt the world economy and push up oil prices, reinforcing Vladimir Putin's attempts to talk U.S. President Barack Obama out of air strikes. The rift over Syria could overshadow a summit of the Group of 20 (G20) developed and developing economies in St. Petersburg at which global leaders want to forge a united front on growth, trade, banking transparency and fighting tax evasion. The club that accounts for two thirds of the world's population and 90 percent of its output is divided over issues such as turmoil in emerging markets...
  • Obama hints at larger strategy to topple Assad in effort to win over Republicans

    09/03/2013 6:47:32 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    Barack Obama portrayed his plans for US military action in Syria as part of a broader strategy to topple Bashar al-Assad, as tougher White House rhetoric began to win over sceptical Republicans in Congress on Tuesday. While stressing that Washington's primary goal remained "limited and proportional" attacks, to degrade Syria's chemical weapons capabilities and deter their future use, the president hinted at a broader long-term mission that may ultimately bring about a change of regime.
  • This liberal now opposes Obama

    09/02/2013 3:46:02 PM PDT · by RogerWill · 54 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | September 1, 2013
    This liberal now opposes Obama As a liberal who voted twice for Obama, I have now reached a point of opposition to him. One of my reasons is a resentment of his having played the race card too many times. The result is that his presidency is hurting race relations. Another of my reasons is that he shows no knowledge of how to create jobs for minorities or anyone else, but he knew how to bail out the big banks, and he knew how not to prosecute any of their officials. Also, Obama expanded provisions of the Patriot Act, and...
  • Syria Isn’t Iraq. Everything Isn’t Iraq. (Chait Goes Neocon)

    08/27/2013 11:50:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/26/2013 | Jonathan Chait
    The generation that came of age during World War II famously — and, in time, tragically — came to apply the formative lessons to every foreign-policy event that followed it. The generation that came of age during the Vietnam War, and then, more recently, the Iraq War, was imprinted with the opposite lessons. I’m not immune: My formative experience in college was the Gulf War and, soon after that, the eventual, successful interventions in the Balkans. (I have a cousin who is married to a Kosovar, whose husband was murdered by Serbian militants, and who was saved by the United...
  • John Kerry: Still a Flip-Flopper

    06/21/2013 4:50:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.21.13 | KAYLIN BUGOS
    John Kerry may have established a reputation for being anti-war early in his career. But he’s no more immune to the powers of the Washington foreign policy establishment than anyone else, and has become more hawkish as his stature has risen. Kerry made a name for himself as a spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War in the 1970s, but he was one of many Democrats who voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq in 2002 and was an early proponent of implementing a no-fly zone in Libya in 2011. He may have attacked Bush on the Iraq...
  • US troops on Syria border as Obama arms rebels

    06/14/2013 4:31:30 PM PDT · by mykroar · 137 replies
    The Times Middle East ^ | 6/14/2013 | The Times Middle East
    Three hundred US Marines have been deployed to northern Jordan to pave the way for the West to arm Syrian rebels. A Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, designed to protect Jordanian territory from attack by Assad missiles, has also been moved into the area.
  • U.S.: Syria used chemical weapons, crossing "red line" (Obama Wants War)

    06/13/2013 4:28:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Obama administration has concluded that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons against the rebels seeking to overthrow him and, in a major policy shift, President Obama has decided to supply military support to the rebels, the White House announced Thursday. "The president has made a decision about providing more support to the opposition that will involve providing direct support to the [Supreme Military Council]. That includes military support," Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes told reporters. Focus on political resolution in Syria, says Sen. Reed President Obama has repeatedly said that the use of...
  • U.S. Military Plan to Arm Rebels Includes No-Fly Zone in Syria

    06/13/2013 2:14:50 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    U.S. Military Plan to Arm Rebels Includes No-Fly Zone in Syria WASHINGTON—A U.S. military proposal for arming Syrian rebels also calls for a limited no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced from Jordanian territory to protect Syrian refugees and rebels who would train there, according to U.S. officials. Asked by the White House to develop options for Syria, military planners have said that creating an area to train and equip rebel forces would require keeping Syrian aircraft well away from the Jordanian border. To do that, the military envisages creating a no-fly zone stretching up to 25 miles into...
  • U.S. military to step up presence in Jordan in light of Syria civil war

    04/17/2013 2:03:02 PM PDT · by illiac · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/17/13 | Barbara Starr
    Washington (CNN) -- In a critical indication of growing U.S. military involvement in the civil war in Syria, CNN has learned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering the deployment of up to 200 troops to Jordan, according to two Defense Department officials. The troops, which will come from the headquarters of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, "creates an additional capability" beyond what has been there, one official said. The group will give the United States the ability to "potentially form a joint task force for military operations, if ordered," he said. The new deployment will include communications...
  • Lincoln’s Great Gamble

    09/24/2012 11:57:08 AM PDT · by iowamark · 214 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 21, 2012 | RICHARD STRINER
    Countless school children have been taught that Abraham Lincoln was the Great Emancipator. Others have been taught — and many have concluded — that the Emancipation Proclamation, which Abraham Lincoln announced on Sept. 22, 1862, has been overemphasized, that it was inefficacious, a sham, that Lincoln’s motivations were somehow unworthy, that slavery was ended by other ways and means, and that slavery was on the way out in any case. The truth is that Lincoln’s proclamation was an exercise in risk, a huge gamble by a leader who sought to be — and who became — America’s great liberator. Since...
  • US Senator Talks About Military Option in Syria (McInsane Alert)

    10/23/2011 5:16:45 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-10-23
    U.S. Senator John McCain says now that NATO military intervention in Libya is ending, military action to protect civilians in Syria might be considered.
  • Hugo Chavez calls Muammar Gaddafi's death an 'outrage'

    10/20/2011 6:24:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | Oct. 20, 2011
    VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez expressed anger over the death of Muammar Gaddafi, calling it an "outrage" and saying the ousted Libyan strongman was a "martyr". "Sadly the death of Gaddafi has been confirmed," said Chavez, who had just returned to Venezuela from cancer treatment in Cuba. "They assassinated him. It is another outrage," the Venezuelan leader told reporters in the town of La Grita. "We shall remember Gaddafi our whole lives as a great fighter, a revolutionary and a martyr," he said. Chavez had defended Gaddafi since the start of the uprising against the Libyan leader's regime in February, and...
  • Gadhafi: Who'll Replace The Devil We Knew?

    10/20/2011 6:20:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 2011 | Editor
    U.S. Interests: Dictator Moammar Gadhafi finally met his bloody end at a rathole Thursday, and Libyan crowds celebrated. President Obama praised the rebels, proclaiming: "You have won your revolution." Not so fast. If there is one thing that we ought to know by now, it's that getting rid of a dictator like Gadhafi is the easy part. Gadhafi was a monster, but a known quality. What's hard is ensuring that what comes after isn't worse. The cheers heard as Gadhafi's body was dragged through the streets are mere echoes of those that followed the downfall of the Shah of Iran...
  • Obama: Gaddafi death is warning to iron-fist rulers

    10/20/2011 4:55:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/20/11 | Matt Spetalnick and Laura MacInnis - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hailed Muammar Gaddafi's death on Thursday as a warning to authoritarian leaders across the Middle East that iron-fisted rule "inevitably comes to an end," and as vindication for his cautious strategy toward Libya. Obama joined U.S. politicians and ordinary Americans in welcoming the demise of Gaddafi, who was for decades regarded as a nemesis of American presidents, and also claimed some of the credit for the Libyan strongman's downfall. ... "This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya who now have the opportunity to determine their own...
  • Graham Doesn't Rule Out Military Action Against Pakistan if No Crack Down on Extremists

    09/25/2011 3:28:34 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 25, 2011
    WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday wouldn't rule out U.S. military action if Pakistan's intelligence agencies continue supporting terrorists who are attacking American forces. Outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen last week accused Pakistan's intelligence agency of backing the Haqqani network, a terror group active in Afghanistan but based out of Pakistan who attacked the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan and detonated a truck bomb that wounded scores of American soldiers. Arguing that Pakistan has made a "tremendous miscalculation" in allowing the Haqqanis to operate without consequence, Graham said the U.S. won't make the same mistake...
  • EXCLUSIVE: McCain praised Libyan rebels at site of their gruesome public beheading

    09/15/2011 8:43:56 PM PDT · by martosko · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/15/2011 | John Rosenthal
    Evidence collected by a young London-based organization called Human Rights Investigations indicates that when Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain went to Benghazi in April to express his support for Libyan rebels, he visited the site at which the rebels publicly beheaded an alleged pro-Gaddafi “mercenary” only weeks before. [ ... ] Arizona senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, made a surprise visit to Benghazi in order to publicly call for stepped-up American support of the rebellion. McCain spoke glowingly of the rebels and their cause, even saying of the Libyan rebels: “They are my heroes.” Now a new...
  • McCain, Feinstein Agree on Need for Military Presence in Mideast

    09/12/2011 8:28:25 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2011-09-11 | Napp Nazworth
    On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) appeared separately on “Fox News Sunday” to warn that the United States needs to stay active in the Middle East in order to fight the War on Terror. McCain said that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were correct, but also talked about mistakes that were made. “I don't think we should ever forget that those [Sept. 11, 2001] attacks originated in Afghanistan. I think we did the right thing there, but I also think we've learned a lot of lessons,” McCain said. McCain...
  • Perry endorses aggressive foreign policy doctrine

    08/29/2011 9:37:31 PM PDT · by Tempest · 21 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | BRIAN CHASNOFF
    SAN ANTONIO - Despite being asked by convention leaders to appear as state governor and not a presidential candidate, Gov. Rick Perry endorsed an aggressive foreign policy doctrine, including support for the concept of pre-emptive strikes, in his welcoming remarks Monday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention. Speaking to thousands of veterans and other registrants at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Perry also strongly defended the United States' unilateral powers in declaring war. 'A dangerous world' "It's a dangerous world that we live in today," Perry said. "As the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 approach,...
  • Russia needs democracy just like Libya does - Senator McCain (McQaeda Alert)

    08/24/2011 8:27:27 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Russia Today Moscow ^ | 2011-08-25 | Russia Today/ Novosti Staff
    US Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain has lashed out at Russia, saying it could be the next country to experience a Libya-style uprising. ­But Senator McCain has a very far-fetched outlook, believes RT's Washington correspondent Gayane Chichikyan. McCain is sure that the Arab Spring will rage on and will make it to countries like China and Russia, which according to him “need democracy” just as Libya does. At some point he even said that Libya has already achieved democracy, which is far from reality according to the situation on the ground.
  • McCain: US should lead the way in Libya aid (McInsane Alert)

    08/22/2011 7:31:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies
    Arizona Sen. John McCain said the United States must lead the world in providing support to Libya as they begin their post-Gadhafi era. "I think we would be well-served if we make sure that there is not an extremist takeover or hijacking of this revolution," McCain said. McCain appeared on CNN's "The Situation Room", where he said an earlier and stronger showing of power by the U.S. in the air could have shortened the conflict significantly. "The only thing that was holding [Gadhafi] in power was money and fear," McCain said. "Once those are dissipated by military strength, it is...
  • Senators McCain, Lieberman and Graham praise President Obama (Partial Headline)

    08/18/2011 8:11:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies
    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released the following statement applauding President Obama for calling on Bashar al Assad to leave power in Syria, and urging other nations to also call for and take action to end the Assad regime: “We applaud President Obama for calling on Bashar al Assad to leave power, a position we have long argued should be the policy of the United States.(snip) “We urge other nations to join the United States in demanding an end to the Assad regime, whose legitimacy is clearly exhausted. We...
  • McCain calls to keep 13,000 US troops in Iraq

    07/06/2011 4:58:54 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 2011-07-04 | Anna Fifield
    The US should keep as many as 13,000 troops in Iraq beyond the end-of-year deadline for ending its eight-year combat mission there to help keep the peace around hot spots, according to John McCain, the influential Republican senator. (snip) “I understand the war weariness of the American people ... but I also believe that our interests are our values, for one thing,” he told the FT, adding that he was “puzzled” when people say the US should not act when Muammer Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, has been promising to go house to house and kill Libyans who oppose him. “We...
  • Sen. Graham: Gadhafi, like Hitler, is serious about attacking Europe (BARF ALERT)

    07/05/2011 4:58:39 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 51 replies
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned on Tuesday that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is "serious" about attacking European cities in order to pressure European officials to cease their airstrikes against Libya. "He actually means it," Graham said of Gadhafi. "Hitler meant it. He means it." Graham spoke in a colloquy with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and used borderline apocalyptic tones about the need to remove Gadhafi from power. "I know we're a war-weary nation, but there is no upside to Gadhafi staying in power," he said. "That is a national security nightmare for this country." Graham added that while the top...
  • McCain & Lieberman Keep Up Interventionist Rhetoric (McBama Alert)

    07/01/2011 12:04:54 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 2 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-07-01 | Vincent D'Agostino
    John McCain has found a new talking point: the growing division within the Republican Party over the nation’s military forays abroad. He referred again to the split up in a panel on Afghanistan yesterday in Washington at the Institute for the Study of War, just a week after telling ABC’s Christiane Amanpour that “there’s always been an isolationist strain in the Republican Party, that Pat Buchanan wing.” But yesterday he introduced a few new terms. Now the tension within the party is between “the Eisenhower Republicans and the Taft Republicans, the internationalists and the isolationists.” Forget that Eisenhower’s 1961 Farewell...
  • Kerry, McCain Allied in Expanding U.S. Role in Middle East (by redistributing your $$$ to Islamists)

    06/30/2011 5:09:24 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2011-06-30
    Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are working together to expand the U.S.' role in the Arab Spring, according to The Washington Post. Kerry and McCain traveled to Egypt last weekend with eight Fortune 500 executives to explore how the U.S. can expand economic investment in that country after the fall of Hosni Mubarak. They envision similar plans across the Middle East in the aftermath of the Middle East revolts that would be similar to the U.S.' “Marshall Plan,” in which the U.S. invested billions of dollars in war-torn European nations after World War II.
  • John McCain’s never-ending war (McCain calls for war to defend U.S. "values")

    06/22/2011 7:36:10 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2011-06-22 | George F. Will
    Elevating the fallacy of the false alternative to a foreign policy, John McCain and a few others believe Republicans who oppose U.S. intervention in Libya’s civil war — and who think a decade of warfare in Afghanistan is enough — are isolationists. This is less a thought than a flight from thinking, which involves making sensible distinctions. Last Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” McCain warned that the GOP has always had “an isolation strain.” He calls it “the Pat Buchanan wing,” which he contrasts with “the Republican Party that has been willing to stand up for freedom for people all...
  • Kerry, McCain push role in Libya (McCain wants to give Obama even more power)

    06/22/2011 6:00:05 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2011-06-22 | Theo Emery
    WASHINGTON — Senators John F. Kerry and John McCain, seeking to defuse a contentious debate over funding for US military operations in Libya, proposed a resolution yesterday offering congressional support for President Obama’s policy in the North African country. The senators, both high-profile members of the chamber and former nominees for the presidency, sought to project a united front in support of the NATO-led action to protect Libyan civilians from Moammar Khadafy’s forces and curtail the dictator’s ability to wage war. (snip) Some legal scholars say the resolution, despite assurances from McCain and Kerry, does not limit the current mission....
  • 'Ronald Reagan would be disappointed in you': John McCain attacks Republican field

    06/19/2011 5:33:49 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 57 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 6/19/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Republican Senator John McCain today ripped into the current crop of GOP candidates, accusing them of breaking with the party's traditions by preaching 'isolationism.' Mr McCain, the Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential elections, said if former President Ronald Reagan were still alive he would have been disappointed in last week's Republican presidential debate in which candidates voiced impatience with U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Libya. Mr McCain told ABC's This Week: 'He would be saying: "That's not the Republican Party of the 20th century, and now the 21st century. That is not the Republican Party that...
  • McCain uneasy over Republican 'isolationism' (McCain praises Obama for starting war in Libya)

    06/19/2011 2:58:51 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | 2011-06-19 | Emmanuel Parisse
    WASHINGTON — US Senator John McCain on Sunday expressed concern about growing isolationism in the Republican party, particularly among those vying for the 2012 presidential nomination. McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee, said he was alarmed to hear various candidates at a campaign forum last Monday express opposition to US military involvement in the NATO military assault on Libya's Moamer Kadhafi. "There's always been an isolation strain in the Republican party, that Pat Buchanan (a former Republican presidential contender) wing of our party. But now it seems to have moved more center stage, so to speak," he said. There is no...
  • McCain hits 'isolationist' field (McCain attacks conservatives)

    06/18/2011 2:40:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-06-18 | Maggie Haberman
    Via Playbook, John McCain raps the Republican presidential field for what he sees as an isolationist strain that's emerging as the candidates shift away from strict hawkishness on foreign policy, and which cropped up at the New Hampshire debate last Monday. From the pre-taped interview with "This Week:" McCAIN: “Well, I was more concerned about what the candidates in New Hampshire the other night said. This is isolationism. There's always been an … isolation strain on the Republican Party — that Pat Buchanan wing of our party. But now it seems to have moved more center stage, so to speak....
  • Combat Fatigue at GOP Debate (RINO Lindsey Graham attacks conservatives)

    06/15/2011 12:20:59 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-06-15 | Jonathan Weisman
    (snip) Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said Mr. Obama "was absolutely wrong" in his decision to intervene in Libya. "I'd bring them home as quickly as possible," Texas Rep. Ron Paul said of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, "and I'd get them out of Iraq as well, and I wouldn't start a war in Libya, I'd quit bombing Yemen, and I'd quit bombing Pakistan. I'd start taking care of people here at home, because we could save hundreds of billions of dollars." "I was incredibly disappointed," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said. "No one seemed to have a passion for...
  • Sen. Graham: Military intervention in Syria should be ‘on the table’

    06/12/2011 1:00:59 PM PDT · by kristinn · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sunday, June 12, 2011 | Ben Gelman
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that it’s time to consider international intervention in Syria to avoid the further “slaughter” of people there by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. “If it made sense to protect the Libyan people against Gadhafi, and it did because they were going to get slaughtered if we hadn’t sent NATO in when he was on the outskirts of Benghazi, the question for the world [is], have we gotten to that point in Syria,” Graham said on the CBS' "Face the Nation."
  • McCain tells Myanmar to make changes (or else!) ("the winds of change are now blowing")

    06/03/2011 7:36:05 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies
    UPI ^ | 2011-06-03
    YANGON, Myanmar, June 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says Myanmar's new military-backed government could face the kind of revolution sweeping through Arab nations. McCain said unless Myanmar, formerly Burma, is willing to make pro-democracy changes peacefully, it could be wracked by the kind of unrest leaders in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East are experiencing, CNN reported Friday. "The winds of change are now blowing, and they will not be confined to the Arab world," McCain told reporters in the former capital, Yangon, formerly Rangoon. "Governments that shun evolutionary reforms now will eventually face revolutionary...
  • Ending Myanmar Visit, McCain Urges Democratic Reform

    06/03/2011 3:59:19 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2011-06-03 | Seth Mydans
    BANGKOK — Ending a three-day visit to Myanmar, Senator John McCain warned the country’s leaders that “the winds of change” now blowing in the Middle East could spread if governments do not listen to the needs of their people. “Governments that shun evolutionary reforms now will eventually face revolutionary change later,” he told reporters at a news conference in the main city, Yangon, according to wire service reports. He urged the government to free political prisoners and to assure the safety of the pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who said recently that she was planning to travel through...
  • McCain: Lack of full U.S. military commitment hurts Libyans

    05/29/2011 9:44:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2011-05-29 | Ben Wolfgang
    Sen. John McCain on Sunday said Libyan civilians are dying in large part because the Obama administration has refused to commit the full weight of the nation’s military to the fight to overthrow strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi. “This thing could have been over a long time ago,” Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican who was the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, said on “Fox News Sunday.” (snip) A quicker end to the fighting, which must include the removal of Col. Gadhafi from power, Mr. McCain said, would make it less likely that terrorists would gain a foothold in Libya.