Today, General Secretary John McCain of the Grand Old Politburo finally seems to somewhat concede the obvious. Thanks in large part to imperial edicts he and his bipartisan duma have championed for decades with great enthusiasm, the U.S. government has no credibility in the Arab world. However, this doesn’t mean that McCain has any either. While the four term Arizona senator blames Obama for a “lack of foreign policy” in the region, it is now more apparent than ever that his juiced up hyper-foreign policy is to blame instead. Forget A-Rod, this addiction plays politics with people’s lives half a world away on our dime. Welfare and domestic police states have done enough damage at home. How has their export abroad made our government any more “exceptional”? How have these McCain supported disasters, like the doomed Black Hawk Down mission or the bombing of Kosovo made you and me, the real national interest, anymore safe or free?
On EGYPT alone:
- Just last month, McCain rejected repeated attempts led by “wacko bird” Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to cut off aid to Egypt’s murderous military junta that has left hundreds dead from mass crackdowns on dissent. The government’s tear gas canisters have been clearly marked “Made in the USA” throughout the revolution.
- Before the recent military coup against President Mohammed Morsi, McCain voted to arm the Muslim Brotherhood-run government with fighter jets and tanks. In fact, he even opposed an earlier measure after last September’s 9/11 embassy attacks that would have withheld aid from Libya and the Brotherhood’s Egypt, claiming that “cutting aid would be foolish.” This pattern of flip-flopping is nothing new from McCain. In 1998, he voted for a resolution to withdraw U.S. forces from Bosnia. Just three years earlier, he co-sponsored and introduced the bill that sent them there in the first place.
(PJ Media correspondent Patrick Poole has a thoroughly detailed expose of McCain’s foreign policy flip-flops on Egypt.)
- Before he “regrettably” called for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down in 2011, a focal point of his 2008 presidential campaign was the inclusion of “democratic” U.S. allies, like Mubarak’s Egypt, in a Wilsonian-Harry Trumanesque League of Democracies based on 1949′s North Atlantic Treaty Organization. McCain’s dreamy admiration for NATO, whether naïve or intentional, would’ve been a destructive basis from the start for his league of hypocrisy – a black and white new world order of the “free world” vs. terrorists, us vs. them. All in the “national interest” for over 60 years, that entangling Cold War alliance has committed our blood and treasure to Dutch colonialism in Indonesia, French imperialism in Indochina and Algeria, Turkish coup d’états, Greek military juntas, Portuguese fascism, reckless British adventurism over the Suez Canal (initially), picking sides in centuries old ethnic bloodbaths, and making European governments with GDPs ten times the size of Russia’s foreign welfare recipients. Oh, and the “maverick” has always been a firm supporter of “our NATO allies” as well. Had America’s war on terror ever seen light of day as a new world war with McCain’s neocon foreign policy advisors at the helm, Mubarak’s regime may well have resembled Pinochet’s Chile to stay in power.
It would be nice to believe that one of the senate’s oldest dinosaurs is having a sincere change of heart. But 25 years of riding the status quo tide of the Potomac swamp have sadly proven otherwise.