McCain: Why not send Bill Clinton to the Middle East?

posted at 1:01 pm on November 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Well, why not?  As John McCain tells CBS’ Face the Nation, the entire Middle East strategy has been a “significant failure.”  Al-Qaeda has risen again, notably in eastern Libya but now also in Mali, and the Arab Spring has turned into a nightmare for American interests.  The last American President who even came close to settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has nothing better to do, now that he’s safely secured a second term for Barack Obama, and he still has credibility in the region.

It can’t hurt to try, can it?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggested on Sunday that President Obama should send former President Bill Clinton to lead cease fire talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

“We need a person of enormous prestige and influence to have these parties sit down together as an honest broker,” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation”. He joked that Clinton would hate him for floating his name for the difficult task.

I’m not being facetious in agreeing with McCain on this suggestion.  The Israelis probably trust Bill Clinton more than they do the current incumbent in the White House, and the Palestinians can’t be terribly impressed with Obama’s assistance the last four years, either.  Putting Clinton in position as the new face in the negotiations could provide both a sense of continuity and a fresh start on the approach.

This does prompt a question, though.  Isn’t there another Clinton that’s supposed to be the official face of American diplomacy these days?  Where is she as the Israeli-Hamas conflict spins out of control, anyway?

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The Cigars are being shipped as we speak.

ToddPA on November 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Oh great,,another serial liar married to a serial liar and they both work for a serial liar. What could go wrong.

retiredeagle on November 19, 2012 at 1:04 PM

This does prompt a question, though. Isn’t there another Clinton that’s supposed to be the official face of American diplomacy these days? Where is she as the Israeli-Hamas conflict spins out of control, anyway?

On vacation in Australia and avoiding the public where she might have to explain her role in getting an ambassador sodomized and slaughtered in a supposedly safe nation what with the rat-eared wonder single handedly defeating all threat of terrorism or something.

Happy Nomad on November 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Country First!

ourulz2000 on November 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM

World’s most famous liar to broker peace in Middle East…?

Akzed on November 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

“We need a person of enormous prestige and influence to have these parties sit down together as an honest broker,” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.

Convicted perjurer, adulterer, and accused rapist. Yes, indeedy!

a capella on November 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Right.

Because he didn’t do everything in his power to undermine Bibi the last time around.

Ben Hur on November 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I only see Bill Clinton going to the Middle East to start a harem.

Oil Can on November 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

McCain: Why not send Bill Clinton to the Middle East?

What do we get in exchange for Clinton?

portlandon on November 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Where is she as the Israeli-Hamas conflict spins out of control, anyway?

having fun in the sun

cmsinaz on November 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

So we have a mess of a politician, who encouraged the rebels who caused the current mess in the middle east, suggesting that a mess of a human being be sent to clean things up.

Philo Beddoe on November 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/18/How-to-Survive-Thanksgiving-at-Your-Liberal-Relatives

“We need a person of enormous prestige and influence to have these parties sit down together as an honest broker,” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.

Easy button, PALIN.

PappyD61 on November 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM

it looks really pathetic that the current president can’t do squat, so bring in the former president…

cmsinaz on November 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM

What do we get in exchange for Clinton?

portlandon on November 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

“Baghdad Bob” for his new Press Secretary.

It will be a perfect fit.

kingsjester on November 19, 2012 at 1:09 PM

This does prompt a question, though. Isn’t there another Clinton that’s supposed to be the official face of American diplomacy these days? Where is she as the Israeli-Hamas conflict spins out of control, anyway?

she looks so much like Yassir Arafat these days that Israeli border patrol will likely put her out of her misery on the spot. Incidentally, it will also put Israel on good terms with Bee-Jay.

Archivarix on November 19, 2012 at 1:09 PM

This statement by McCain is just him getting back on the strip pole for the media.

See he bashed Obama last week over Benghazi so he’s got a lot of strutting to do to get the media to put those $20′s back in his thong.

If he really wants to be held in Colin Powell type esteem he just needs to throw Palin under the bus.

PappyD61 on November 19, 2012 at 1:10 PM

So, send a liar on an honest mans mission, makes sense if your needing the deal lied into place.

Clinton tells a lie.

The Pali’s guy likes Clinton’s lie on facebook and then tells a bigger more dangerous lie.

The Israeli’s defrind both of them on face book and move more tanks to the front and call up all their reserves just to make it clear that lies do not count with them.

Clinton is a lie, just as B.Obama is a lie, both of them msm made men.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

“We need a person of enormous prestige and influence to have these parties sit down together as an honest broker,” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.

PappyD61 on November 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM

By using the word “honest”, Zombie McCain has pretty much precluded anyone of the Clinton family being involved.

Archivarix on November 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

If we don’t send Bill Clinton to the Middle East, Meghan McCain has threatened to leave the Republican Party.

Pork-Chop on November 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

What do we get in exchange for Clinton?

portlandon on November 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

a player to be named later

Joseph Russo III on November 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Wasn’t McCain one of the big supporters of the “arab spring?”

Joseph Russo III on November 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

McCain: Why not send Bill Clinton to the Middle East?

Hijabs don’t come in blue.

BobMbx on November 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM

McCain is getting lite in the head seems to some.

McCain is feathering him a nest in the commie Democrat party as a fall back position once he gets defeated in the next election for his Senate seat.

He has buddies over there he has been doing hand jobs with.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 19, 2012 at 1:18 PM

it looks really pathetic that the current president can’t do squat, so bring in the former president…

cmsinaz on November 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM

It’s the soft bigotry of low expectations, as practiced both by establishment Democrats and establishment Republicans.

UltimateBob on November 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Right, because the Oslo accords were so beneficial to the peace process. Instead, by Israel leaving the west bank they were left with a much more difficult border to defend. Give me a break. Sometimes McCain can just be dense!

Marine_Bio on November 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Tell us Senator McCain….

…did Huma Abedin call you and ask you to say this or was it Hillary herself?

PappyD61 on November 19, 2012 at 1:22 PM

UltimateBob on November 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

*sigh*

it’s like obama leaving the podium for a party leaving bubba there….doing it again….

Now that is the pic you should use Ed…

cmsinaz on November 19, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Kerry/McCain ticket.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 19, 2012 at 1:23 PM

it’s like obama leaving the podium for a party leaving bubba there….doing it again….

Now that is the pic you should use Ed…

cmsinaz on November 19, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Heh…. yeah. Biden’s “homeboy” is clearly not up to the task.

UltimateBob on November 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Why not send Obama AND Bill Clinton to the middle east? And leave them there?

The Rogue Tomato on November 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM

it looks really pathetic that the current president can’t do squat, so bring in the former president…

cmsinaz on November 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM

It’s the soft bigotry of low expectations, as practiced both by establishment Democrats and establishment Republicans.

UltimateBob on November 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

I was thinking the same thing. This is what a sitting President should do, why one would be elected. But voters wanted a Baracka Claus and President Kardashian instead, not a, uh, real diplomat and executive.

conservative pilgrim on November 19, 2012 at 1:44 PM

You’d think McCain would press Obama to do his job and broker some deal. Let’s see what he has….But nooooo, McCain co-signs the outsourcing of the Presidency to a serial liar and adultery, which by the way is why Petraeus resigned, huh? So many double standards my head is spinning.

conservative pilgrim on November 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Clinton USED the Middle East for Photo Op purposes- only.

Freakin Carter wannabe, go figure.

FlaMurph on November 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM

This does prompt a question, though. Isn’t there another Clinton that’s supposed to be the official face of American diplomacy these days? Where is she as the Israeli-Hamas conflict spins out of control, anyway?

I guess everyone forgot about that Clinton. Where are the Democrat cries of SEXISM!!!!! These people are despicable.

conservative pilgrim on November 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Better idea: Send Clinton back to the WH and send Barry to the ME. Station him in Benghazi.

petefrt on November 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM

If anyone could find the 72 virgins, it would be Clinton. Then he could proclaim it all a myth and move on.

bflat879 on November 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I thought Biden was a foreign policy expert…

Joseph Russo III on November 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Easy button, PALIN.

PappyD61 on November 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I thought she was on your chitlist.

katy the mean old lady on November 19, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I directly fault the people of AZ for re-electing Senator Where’s My Damn Fence. You should hang your heads in shame.

Mr. Arrogant on November 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM

McCain: Why not send Bill Clinton to the Middle East?

I’ve been saying that for years.

squint on November 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Why not send Bill Clinton to the Middle East?

Lack of quality Arab pu**y?

JohnGalt23 on November 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM

McCain: “You know, I’ve Really been a Democrat All My Life, why don’t I just go ahead right now and change my party designation to (D) from (R) OVERTLY?!!”

williamg on November 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Bill Clinton probably thinks The Gaza Strip is a gentleman’s club.

profitsbeard on November 19, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Nobody needs to be sent over. Simply demand that Egypt and Hamas cease firing rockets into Israel immediately (which will end the whole incident) or else the U.S. will not only cut off all future “aid” to these regimes but will join Israel in an all-out assault on Gaza …

Oh wait, I forgot whom we just re-elected as President. Nevermind!

ShainS on November 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Clinton should eat up this job (so to speak). Plenty of Arab fatties around but are any named Monica?

MaiDee on November 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Every time I get to thinking, “You know, McCain is at least good for something on foreign policy,” he says something stupid. Like calling Bill Clinton “a person of enormous prestige and influence” and “an honest broker.”

Yeah, Mr. “I did not have sex with that woman … these allegations are false.”

Funny thing, that. You would really think that if anyone knew what a lie was, it would be Bill Clinton…..

tom on November 19, 2012 at 2:43 PM

This was more a slam of Obama’s incompetence than an endorsement of Bill.
Obama will realize it in about a week. hey…..wtf? That’s my job!

can_con on November 19, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I say we send Bill Clinton AND John McCain…

And give them precisely the same amount of security that Christopher Stevens was given bu 0bama and Miz Clinton.

LegendHasIt on November 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

And don’t come back.

esblowfeld on November 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Great. Once again the worst president in American history may have to call on a previous president to do a job he and his administration cant.

How the hell did this jackhole get reelected?!?

RobertE on November 19, 2012 at 3:23 PM

You mean the guy who sent his campaign team to Israel to unseat Netanyahu the last time he was prime minister? McCain must be going senile.

ProfessorMiao on November 19, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Why not send Bill to jail?

lilium479 on November 19, 2012 at 3:54 PM

This does prompt a question, though. Isn’t there another Clinton that’s supposed to be the official face of American diplomacy these days? Where is she as the Israeli-Hamas conflict spins out of control, anyway?

First, she’s a female, biologically

Second, she is no Golda Meier. Table dancing in Cartagena kinda sets the wrong tone. Or booty bumping in Pretoria

On the other hand. Clinton, B. could go over there with a bunch of Obama bucks, and collect some prestige to use if Clinton, H, has a chance to run again.

entagor on November 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Send him, it couldn’t make things any worse. Why not send McCain with him and get them both out of the country.

rplat on November 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Hey, at least he didn’t say to send Carter.

RoadRunner on November 19, 2012 at 4:39 PM

McCain: Why not send Bill Clinton to the Middle East?

What do we get in exchange for Clinton?

portlandon on November 19, 2012 at 1:07 PM

We get a country without Clinton.

Ann NY on November 19, 2012 at 5:29 PM

settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

These kind of words like the everlasting ‘Peace Process’ need to be understood.

It is very hard to settle a conflict when you are facing a person or people who are hell-bent on killing you.

If we can work that one out, we’ll definitely end this little problem in the middle east. As a bonus, we’ll never see ethnic, tribal, or genocidal conflict again. And who knows – it might end war, period.

Choom on that.

CorporatePiggy on November 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Where is she as the Israeli-Hamas conflict spins out of control, anyway?

Exactly. Let’s face it, she’s been an absolute disaster as SOS. Can anyone think of ONE thing she’s accomplished since she was appointed? She got the job because it was a pity post.

scalleywag on November 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

John, there are not many microphones or cameras in Asia for the likes of Bill Clinton

mixplix on November 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

send Jarrett and Huma.

dmacleo on November 19, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Umm, Palin.
Next?

greataunty on November 19, 2012 at 9:34 PM

What’ next, endorsement of Shillary in 2016?

riddick on November 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM