McCain says we can identify the good guys in Syria — after he unwittingly meets with kidnappers

posted at 2:41 pm on May 30, 2013 by Allahpundit

You don’t really need more than that headline, do you?

As a metaphor for U.S. interventionism in Syria, it’s hard to do better than this:

Senator John McCain’s office is pushing back against reports that while visiting Syria this week he posed in a photo with rebels who kidnapped 11 Lebanese Shi’ite pilgrims…

“A number of the Syrians who greeted Senator McCain upon his arrival in Syria asked to take pictures with him, and as always, the Senator complied,” Rogers said. “If the individual photographed with Senator McCain is in fact Mohamed Nour, that is regrettable. But it would be ludicrous to suggest that the Senator in any way condones the kidnapping of Lebanese Shia pilgrims or has any communication with those responsible. Senator McCain condemns such heinous actions in the strongest possible terms,” Rogers said.

Of course he doesn’t condone it. The State Department doesn’t condone jihadism as an ideology either, yet in both cases we’d be asked to make common cause with it in the name of replacing a Shiite fundamentalist regime’s puppet with a Sunni fundamentalist “democracy.” Watch McCain’s interview about his Syria trip below and count how many bad arguments there are for intervention. One, at around 2:40, has him arguing that we can “handle” this because, after all, we have the world’s greatest military. That implication, that we should take this challenge on in part to show that we’re equal to it, is both very McCain-esque very unconvincing. If Russian-made Syrian missiles end up shooting down a few American planes, what’s the next step in the challenge that we’re required to accept? If we succeed in decimating Assad from the air, how do we meet the challenge of restraining Sunni fanatics from ethnically cleansing the Alawites? He says the status quo is terrible, which is true, without ever explaining how deviating from it would necessarily be an improvement.

Two, he claims that we can weed out the good rebels from the bad ones because Jabhat al-Nusra, the most notorious jihadi rebel group, represents only 7,000 fighters or so in a total force of 100,000. Even if his numbers are correct, that’s egregiously misleading. According to a New Yorker report last month, the “overwhelming majority” of rebels are Islamists even if they’re not affiliated with Nusra. Here’s another vignette from Time magazine about Libyan weapons dealers meeting with representatives of various Syrian rebel factions:

[F]irst, the Libyans wanted to know who the Syrians were exactly and which rebel group each represented. There was a representative from Jund-Allah (Soldiers of God), which operates in and around the capital Damascus; a commander from Ansar al-din (Supporters of the Faith) in Lattakia province; and most significantly a man who is one of the seven members of the political office of Jabhat Syria il-Islamiya (the Syrian Islamic Front), one of the country’s largest, most cohesive and strongest Islamist militant coalitions, led by the Salafi Ahrar al-Sham Brigades. (The extremist al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra is not part of this alliance.)

Coffee was ordered — Turkish coffee for the Syrians and cappuccinos for the Libyans. The Libyan from Zintan, wearing faded black jeans, a cream-colored shirt stretched taut across his waist and a gray sports jacket, did most of the talking. He fingered black worry beads, while his colleague from Benghazi listened. His first question was about whether the men around him recognized the FSA and its 14 provincial military councils. All said they did not. “Their commanders are failures, they are corrupt,” the Syrian from Ansar al-Din said.

“There is not even one battalion, in all honesty, that they can control,” the Islamic Front representative said. “These people [senior defectors in the FSA like the one the Libyans had met the night before] were placed as facades, in the beginning, as media personalities, but as real commanders on the ground? Not at all.”

The FSA, a.k.a. Free Syrian Army, is led by Gen. Idris. That’s who McCain met with in Syria a few days ago and that’s who he’s talking up in the clip here as some sort of tip of the American freedom spear in Syria. The FSA also happens to be the same group that, according to the Guardian, has been bleeding troops and even entire units to Jabhat al-Nusra through defections. To quote Bill Roggio, “With mass defections of FSA forces to Al Nusrah, there is no better way to ensure that US funds and weapons will fall into al Qaeda’s hands.” These are our would-be allies.

Three, he actually says at 4:40 that the rebels “are trying to achieve the same thing that we have shed American blood and treasure for for well over 200 years.” It’s one thing to believe that 10 years ago, before a series of exceptionally hard lessons in Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya and Egypt; it’s another to believe it now. It’s so surreally untrue that it eclipses McCain’s one solid realpolitik-minded argument here, that aiding the Sunni rebellion is a way to weaken Iran and, especially, Hezbollah by bleeding them in a Vietnamish quagmire of their own. We’ve spent two years watching Egypt bend towards Islamism and now here’s Maverick attempting to sell the public again on the idea that Syria’s a liberal democracy in the eventual making if we just pick the right people to empower, knowing full well that the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood probably constitutes one of the milder expressions of Islamic fundamentalism among the rebel hordes. What Syria really is is a budding hybrid of Egypt and Libya post-revolution, with some dominant Islamist group at the head of government and even more radical militias roaming the streets. In an implausibly unlikely best-case scenario, you’d end up there with some sort of socialist regime that would keep its boot on the throats of jihadists and keep the country retarded economically. The fact that he can’t sell his interventionism honestly reminds me again that he’s probably, and inadvertently, a better salesman for isolationism at this point than even Rand Paul is.


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McCain seems to be acting “unwittingly” on nearly everything…

…which brings into question his capacity for acting “wittingly”!

landlines on May 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM

McCain says we can identify the good guys in Syria — after he unwittingly knowingly meets with kidnappers his military industrial complex connections about profit levels of supplying Syrian rebels with “federally subsidized for manufacture” weapons!
burrata on May 30, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I’m afraid that’s how it SHOULD read.

And remember folks, this guy was an architect and pushing in the same manner for previous “wars” and “interventions” for decades, many of which many of you supported in a full throated and completely uncompromising manner.

It’s good sometimes to re-evaluate your past decisions with better information than you had at the time you allowed a stupid one to be made for you. :)

Genuine on May 30, 2013 at 3:44 PM

he needs to take Meghan with him next time; offer her up as a token of our good intentions…

Meghan will love it, Muslims are reknowned for their great treatment of women

burserker on May 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Are you really that stupid?
Who is in the photos with McCain?
Do you not understand who the players are in Syria right now?

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Do you really think he set out to have his photo taken with those guys?
(Think of them as ‘terrorist photobombers’.)

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

I don’t know DBear.
But tell him I haven’t.
Do that.
Now.
I command you.

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:26

Wow, I just saw that image of Kevin Bacon in Animal House.

You KNOW that scene! Ha!

ToddPA on May 30, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Assume the position.

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM

John McCain is striving to be relevant and make a place in history, no matter how many American lives are lost. There is no good reason to become involved in Syria. If anything, the Al Qaeda backed rebels are worse than Assad.

John McCain is rapidly becoming the poster geezer for term limits and age limits in Congress.

Time to gather up the Beer Baroness and Miss Piggy and ride into the sunset.

bw222 on May 30, 2013 at 3:47 PM

It’s good sometimes to re-evaluate your past decisions with better information than you had at the time you allowed a stupid one to be made for you. :)

Genuine on May 30, 2013 at 3:44 PM

McCain is actually actively aiding and abetting jihad , at the behest of Hussein . I wonder if Hussein +Cardigan have promised him or MegaMac a cabinet position in their caliphate ?

burrata on May 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Do you really think he set out to have his photo taken with those guys?
(Think of them as ‘terrorist photobombers’.)

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Do you think he was intending to meet with someone else, and just happened to run into these guys on the street – in a war zone?
I’ll ask again – Do you you even know who the players are in Syria right now?

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM

…you’re a dumbphuck who doesn’t know… when she’s sh!tting or p!ssing in her own pants…

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Remember they keep telling us they know who the good and bad guys are in Syria.
“This is an important moment. You will be funding, today, the allies of al Qaeda. It’s an irony you cannot overcome.” Rand Paul at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Rubio admonished Paul by saying…
“I don’t think any member of this committee would vote for anything we thought was going to arm al Qaeda,” said Republican rising star Marco Rubio at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Now who do you guys think is right?
Rubio is looking more and more each day like a naive fool.
William Eaton on May 30, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I would hope this puts the arguments For Rubio to rest here at HA.

can_con on May 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Do you really think he set out to have his photo taken with those guys?
(Think of them as ‘terrorist photobombers’.)

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

That is exactly the point. He went over there, into a confusing environment, and got played.

That is pretty stupid.

Jabberwock on May 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Practically every day McCain makes me sorry I ever voted for him. And the alternate was effing Obama. Geesh.

KateNE on May 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Be like me, Kate. Tell yourself you voted for Palin. As bad as he is, I wonder if we didn’t dodge a bullet with Obama. McCain may have started WWIII by now. I truly think he has lost his mind.

bw222 on May 30, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Do you really think he set out to have his photo taken with those guys?
(Think of them as ‘terrorist photobombers’.)

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Yeah and it was a total mistake to wind up on a Red Mafioso’s private ship for his birthday party… yeah… uh-huh… total and absolute mistake, that.

He didn’t set out to do it! Nope! That was his incompetent staff that did that…

He sure does love that staff, I guess. He never knows just WHO they will book him with next!

ajacksonian on May 30, 2013 at 3:53 PM

John, for the sake of your family and your country….please retire!

tomshup on May 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

In an implausibly unlikely best-case scenario, you’d end up there with some sort of socialist regime that would keep its boot on the throats of jihadists and keep the country retarded economically.

Isn’t that what Syria has now with Assad? Then why don’t we just leave him there?

Neither Assad nor the Syrian “rebels” are friends of the United States, or of Western civilization.

But what McCain, Flimsy Graham and other interventionists seem to overlook is that if Assad’s army is busy fighting jihadists at home, it can’t hold Lebanon. Now is the perfect time for Israel (which already has American weapons), perhaps with the help of France and/or Britain, to kick the Syrian army out of Lebanon and set up a free buffer state between Israel and Syria. Then they should stop at the Syrian border so they don’t end up fighting the Russians.

Steve Z on May 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

“My Friends”

Note to McCain; Just saying it doesn’t make it so.

can_con on May 30, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Do you really think he set out to have his photo taken with those guys?

Sounds just like Team O hijacking Incompetence to explain their scandals.

LetsBfrank on May 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Yes,

but like all good muslims does mooazz beat his women and hack off body parts if they are really bad? Perhaps stone them to death in the middle of the village if they talk to a man?

acyl72 on May 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

F*ck Senator Insane McCain and the horse that rode in on him (yes, that was intentional).

Resist We Much on May 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

But you gotta love him for letting you feel you’re able to criticize Republicans. He is your card in that deck.

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

So who’s your card in whatever deck :) or the commie party line does not allow for criticizing any of your crazies :)…come on, not even Howard Dean? :)…

jimver on May 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Is McLame capable of feeling embarrassment, or is that long gone in the rear view mirror?

bofh on May 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Insane Mack.

No biscuits for you.

antisocial on May 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

McCain is the second biggest idiot in our government today, no need to name the first. Sunday morning talk shows on TV are not enough for him now, he needs photo opts with terrorist now. How low can you stoop to get your face on TV? For those “useless idiots” that re-elected him, the pox on you!

savage24 on May 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Do you really think he set out to have his photo taken with those guys?
(Think of them as ‘terrorist photobombers’.)

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Do you think he was intending to meet with someone else, and just happened to run into these guys on the street – in a war zone?
I’ll ask again – Do you you even know who the players are in Syria right now?

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

You’re deflecting.
You said McCain set out to ‘meet with radical Muslim terrorists’.
And I have no doubt you believe it.
I say that’s not true.
But I suppose your analysis of the FSA is that it’s a bunch of ‘radical Muslim terrorists’.

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

McCain’s idiocy isn’t what’s truly sad. What’s truly sad is how far this country has fallen in that Americans entrust people like McCain and Obama and Pelosi and Boehner and Reid to run our govt and to “defend” our Constitutional rights.

I weep for my young daughters because anyone in this country under the age of 20 will have to choose between being an outright slave of the govt or being a revolutionary…and which ever it is that they choose, it’s our parents and us who are dropping that terrible fate on them.

God help my girls.

rvastar on May 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

But I suppose your analysis of the FSA is that it’s a bunch of ‘radical Muslim terrorists’.

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I’m sure they either Quakers or Amish because those two groups are known to eat the hearts of their enemies.

VegasRick on May 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM

God help my girls.

rvastar on May 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I have twin boys 17 years old that know how to fight, shoot and fish, not necessarily in that order. There are a bunch of their friends the same way, all good kids from different stripes that know whats right. That’s our future.

VegasRick on May 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Speaking of McCain. . .

“An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers.” ~ Plato

SpiderMike on May 30, 2013 at 4:46 PM

McCain is one dumb sob. He had absolutely no business going over there and draws parallels between himself and John (I served in Vietnam) Kerry and Jane Fonda. It is long past his time to go and stop hurting our ailing party further. In the inimitable words of Bugs Bunny….. “What a Maroon!”

ultracon on May 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM

And by the way…. McCain’s contact page is mysteriously out of order….. morons.

ultracon on May 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

The Jihadists were disappointed to find out that McCains head had already been cut off and was replaced by a pasty white lump of fat

TexasJew on May 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

But you gotta love him for letting you feel you’re able to criticize Republicans. He is your card in that deck.

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Er, I criticised Bush constantly. About the ONLY things I agreed with Bush on were the tax cuts.

Further, if you believe that I only criticise Senator Insane McCain, who has NEVER met a military operation he couldn’t get behind, then you haven’t been paying attention. Only yesterday I posted a scathing article on many Republicans AND said in this space that the Republicans have no one to blame for Eric ‘I got the worst tax evader in the history of United States ($300 million) pardoned, but still believe that this racist country doesn’t make the evil rich pay their fair share’ Holder but themselves.

Holder should never have been confirmed and, at the time, Republicans COULD HAVE STOPPED his ascension to the top law enforcement position in the country. They didn’t…so they are, at least, partly responsible for what that pr1ck has done to this country, as well as hundreds of Mexican families.

Resist We Much on May 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Wow…when will you criticize a leftie?

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM

“I don’t think any member of this committee would vote for anything we thought was going to arm al Qaeda,” said Republican rising star Marco Rubio at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Really? Both Carter and Reagan armed al Qaeda…and you are a damn fool, Marco, if you think the Muslim Brotherhood is much better.

Resist We Much on May 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Resist We Much on May 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Ditto!

tomshup on May 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Do you really think he set out to have his photo taken with those guys?
(Think of them as ‘terrorist photobombers’.)

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Do you think he was intending to meet with someone else, and just happened to run into these guys on the street – in a war zone?
I’ll ask again – Do you you even know who the players are in Syria right now?

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2013 at 3:48 PM

You’re deflecting.
You said McCain set out to ‘meet with radical Muslim terrorists’.
And I have no doubt you believe it.
I say that’s not true.
But I suppose your analysis of the FSA is that it’s a bunch of ‘radical Muslim terrorists’.

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Seriously? clowns that hack women’s bodies parts off, blow up infidels, rape and torture kids and old people.

You are like the azzhat in africa that sold his family and friends into the white slave trader. Incapable of any kind of independent thought or analysis without being told what to do.

acyl72 on May 30, 2013 at 5:48 PM

You’re deflecting.
You said McCain set out to ‘meet with radical Muslim terrorists’.
And I have no doubt you believe it.
I say that’s not true.
But I suppose your analysis of the FSA is that it’s a bunch of ‘radical Muslim terrorists’.

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

That’s not deflecting at all.
On the other hand – you’re refusing to answer a very simple question.
Who do you think the Syrian rebels are?
Go do some research before you embarrass yourself further.
There are multiple groups of rebels involved, and the FSA, as ONE of those groups, includes the Muslim Brotherhood (go look them up) as well as other fighters with Islamist ties.
You’re an idiot if you can’t see the connections.

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

But I suppose your analysis of the FSA is that it’s a bunch of ‘radical Muslim terrorists’.
verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I’m sure they either Quakers or Amish because those two groups are known to eat the hearts of their enemies.
VegasRick on May 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Good thing I swallowed my coffee just before I read that. heh.

whatcat on May 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM

McCain is so full of it. There seem to be no good guys or the right people over in Syria. Did John F’n Kerry abdicate his job at SOS? This is a Kerry job….to look stupid surrounded by our enemies.

BetseyRoss on May 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM

As a metaphor for U.S. interventionism in Syria, it’s hard to do better than this

And I would add as a metaphor for senility anywhere in the world, it’s hard to do better than McCain.

VorDaj on May 30, 2013 at 6:11 PM

BTW: Even if this photo was not taken, I would still view McCain as an idiot. We always criticize these young dumb thrill seekers and bleeding hearts for going into places like Iraq and Somalia where they get taken hostage and we have to send in the special forces to save their asses.

…and yet here is the senior senator from Arizona wondering around Syria, a jihadist war zone, asking people are you a “radical”. Can you imagine if he had been taken hostage…

Now stop it…not the good thoughts flooding into your head.

William Eaton on May 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

BTW: Even if this photo was not taken, I would still view McCain as an idiot. We always criticize these young dumb thrill seekers and bleeding hearts for going into places like Iraq and Somalia where they get taken hostage and we have to send in the special forces to save their asses.

…and yet here is the senior senator from Arizona wondering around Syria, a jihadist war zone, asking people are you a “radical”. Can you imagine if he had been taken hostage…

Now stop it…not the good thoughts flooding into your head.

William Eaton on May 30, 2013 at 6:17 PM

And something else I have not yet seen anyone mention – he did this over Memorial Day weekend.
Why on earth is a military veteran US Senator spending MEMORIAL DAY in Syria with Muslim terrorists??????

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2013 at 6:24 PM

It’s probably not very hard to run into a kidnapper in Syria

Opinionnation on May 30, 2013 at 6:28 PM

If there is one man in America, among all the politicians, who could maybe have made a worse President than Obama, it is surly McCain.

VorDaj on May 30, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Do you really think he set out to have his photo taken with those guys?(Think of them as ‘terrorist photobombers’.)verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Lol. Do you really think he set out to pad his bank account with the keating 5?
Do you really think he set out to drop a missile on the deck of his own ship?

Everything about McVain is unwitting. I think he’s been marked the the 4th generation curse. So what did his great-grandfather do that his grandfather and dad couldn’t undo?

There’s a black cloud over him and his ditzo spawn

AH_C on May 30, 2013 at 6:37 PM

The the should be ‘with the’

AH_C on May 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM

The fact that he can’t sell his interventionism honestly reminds me again that he’s probably, and inadvertently, a better salesman for isolationism at this point than even Rand Paul is

Rand Paul is not an isolationist. That’s the claim that the senile McCain makes, so you might want to break free from him.

VorDaj on May 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Allahpundit does a good job of cutting up McCain’s nonsense, but still falls for one of the main parts of it.

VorDaj on May 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Gives a whole new meaning to…

“My friends…”

… doesn’t it?

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Brennan, Hagel, McCain and Obama are not on the US side. It’s a miracle that not all 4 pray to the East 6 times a day.

Schadenfreude on May 30, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I’m not sure John McCain even knows which way east is anymore. Now south, he knows that, that’s were his amigos come from.

VorDaj on May 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

There’s your sign, McCain. Retire before you embarrass yourself and your country any further.

Fallon on May 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Really? Both Carter and Reagan armed al Qaeda…and you are a damn fool, Marco, if you think the Muslim Brotherhood is much better.

Resist We Much on May 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM

al Qaeda started as a MB sub-group back in the ’80s, although those doing the start-up go back to at least the time of Sadat’s assassination. Just about any high ranking leader in aQ has matriculated through the MB. aQ is not the first terror group started by the MB since it started with HAMAS (the armed ‘wing’ of the MB, and that is in its charter documents) and then put in organizations in places like Tunisia, Algeria and Libya…all sub-organizations of the MB, all staffed by MB members and supported by KSA.

Anyone who thinks that you can aid the MB and not end up aiding any of the myriad of terror groups that spawned from it is stark, raving mad.

ajacksonian on May 30, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Resist We Much on May 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

But you gotta love him for letting you feel you’re able to criticize Republicans. He is your card in that deck.

verbaluce on May 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

lol — because she’d have a terrible time finding an excuse to criticize the GOP — a party she doesn’t even belong to, incidentally — otherwise.

C’mon. You phoned that one in.

Axe on May 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

This is the moderate Republican that the idiots in the Republican Party run for President. He said that Obama is a nice guy. Next we run Romney. Romney says Obama is a nice guy but he is in over his head. Does anyone wonder why we lost? The Republican Senate Committee called again for a donation today. They hung up before I got to McCain.

alanstern on May 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

alanstern on May 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

He said we had nothing to fear from Obama.

If he couldn’t see the problems with Obama, then it must be due to hysterical blindness. A blindness that started with his first day as Senator.

ajacksonian on May 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

C’mon. You phoned that one in.

Axe on May 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

With two, empty soup cans and a piece of string.

Da Verb is total facepalm today.

Resist We Much on May 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

And Palin supported this turkey for reelection. Kinda makes her irrelevant and a political whore.

they lie on May 30, 2013 at 8:17 PM

And Palin supported this turkey for reelection. Kinda makes her irrelevant and a political whore.

they lie on May 30, 2013 at 8:17 PM

With respect to promiscuity, the opposite seems to be true. She’s into dancing with the boy that brought her. She’s apparently loyal to a fault. Literally — to a fault.

The “irrelevant” part didn’t make any sense and was probably just boilerplate, so I’ll skip it.

Axe on May 30, 2013 at 8:29 PM

John? John? It’s me,Lindsey,your boyfriend! Don’t you recognize me John?Thank God we have the Federal employee health care and not Obamacare.At least you won’t have to go before a death panel!

redware on May 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Why don’t we let these Shiites and Sunnis duke it out and bleed each other into oblivion?

McCain you are stuck on stupid.

onlineanalyst on May 30, 2013 at 9:12 PM

McCain, and everyone else in a policy-making position, should watch the last 20 minutes of “Lawrence of Arabia” — ONE HUNDRED TIMES — or until the lesson sinks in.

Even Peter O’Toole, as Lawrence, gives up.

fred5678 on May 30, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Weapons of war for Syrian rebels; gun bans, TSA gropings and IRS raids for Americans!

Heckuva job there maverick! Whats next for you and your winglady Lindsey? Open borders you say?

oryguncon on May 30, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Neville Chamberland is back! Wow, McCain is a total fool! I would agree with Adam Levine, I hate this Federal Government.

jjnco73 on May 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM

McCain the vainglorious, former statesman makes one last hurrah, before he disappears from view.

virgo on May 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog

Let me get this right: Assad/Hezbollah/Iran and Al Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood are killing each other in Syria, and we’re supposed to stop it?
https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/340069961978490881

john.frank on May 31, 2013 at 4:53 AM

…WOW….just…WOW! John, you should be met at the airport *& handed a BILL for the cost to U.S. Taxpayers for this trip to meet with kidnappers…for a start…and you should go back to your desk to find a ‘Censrue’ & a pamphlet for an Elitist Rhino Retirement Home.

easyt65 on May 31, 2013 at 7:30 AM

The article in The Onion claiming he wandered into Syria becomes more believable with each passing day.

Ward Cleaver on May 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM

We need to start looking at who gave him the marching orders to go to Syria? McLame didn’t come up with this idea to tour a war zone all on his own. It created another small distraction from the regime’s current troubles and gave the military industrial complex another war for us to buy ammo for. We have no dog in this fight, other than dear leader saying Assad has to go.

Kissmygrits on May 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

We’ve spent two years watching Egypt bend towards Islamism and now here’s Maverick attempting to sell the public again on the idea that Syria’s a liberal democracy in the eventual making if we just pick the right people to empower…

Boy, that sounds familiar. Assad’s Useful Idiots

Pablo on June 1, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Then they should stop at the Syrian border so they don’t end up fighting the Russians.

Steve Z on May 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Patton and MacArthur disagree with that stratagem.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I can’t relate to his actions now, with the “story” that he was a brave unbreakable pow. For years I’ve heard from vets that were there that he was a trustee. True or not, his actions since have been of a back stabbing pos starting with the Keating five. Flame me if you must, but haven’t his actions sort of proved the rumors?

jainphx on June 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

John McCain should quit and go home and play with his grandkids. Every day he gets further and further from reality.

mixplix on June 2, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I’d rather have a whacko bird Libertarian as president than a whacko bird republicrat demoblican any day. So glad to see so many of you supporting a 3rd party bid of a Libertarian candidate for the next elections! Oh, wait, no you aren’t, you want the same old same old loser republican democrat so you can blog battle those evil democrat republicans from the other side….. Yeah, just sit back and watch the nation burn, while we could have had a better choice. Maybe a Chris Christy would make you happy as a candidate…. Or why not a good republican like Bloomberg?

RINO lovers….. make me giggle……

armedcitizen on June 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

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