Skip to comments.Has John McCain Lost His Mind?
Posted on 08/07/2014 8:46:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In the August issue of Townhall Magazine, where this column originally appeared, RedState director Bryan Pruitt makes the case for why it's far past time for Arizona Republicans to find a real conservative to represent their state.
It seems that you cant go a day lately without Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) appearing on television advocating the United States invade another country. On a recent particularly snarky appearance, when asked to name one country we absolutely shouldnt invade no matter what the circumstance, an answer eluded him. Not even Canada, really?
Now of course, the context for the conversation was the Middle East, but it is illustrative of his worldview that he was left speechless when introduced to the idea of not using our military might. He would never think of such a thing.
The good senator may be a war hero, but even heroes sometimes lose their way when they have spent decades basking in the glow of their own heroism. It seems the senator didnt learn the many lessons of that war, or the two in our most recent past. If left to his own devises, the sun would never set on John McCains American Empire. That was once said about Great Britain, and we see how well that turned out. But I guess those royals sure are fun to keep track of in the tabloids.
Conservatives encounter the world as it is, and take as fact that we cannot create mini-Americas around the globe with brute force. Our military strength is valuable, and as such, should be reserved and only deployed strategically when absolutely necessary. It is called the Department of Defense for a reason, not the Department of Attempt to Create a Perfect World.
Has McCain even spoken to many troops lately? These courageous men and women are ready to come home, recuperate, and prepare for the next battle that will face us someday down the road. There will be another challenge, most likely bigger than we now imagine. We need a military ready to do its job, not weighed down by never-ending peacekeeping and democracy-building missions in countries whose people never wanted us there in the first place.
There is also the issue of the financial impact this has on our country. More than a decade of war and trillions more in debt lands us in a precarious economic position no matter what the Democrats and liberal economists might say to the contrary. The United States government must, hopefully sometime very soon, start paying back the trillions we have borrowed against the countrys future. The only way to do this is to stop spending more than it receives in revenue. Perhaps not in our lifetime, but as conservatives, our calling is to leave the world better than we found it. Entitlements are obviously the largest part of the equation, but that is a subject for another column.
Defense spending is not far behind, and this is where many Republicans, led by the Pied Piper senior senator from Arizona and his friends, tend to lose their way. The simple fact is that our fighting force can be the strongest, most agile in the world without bankrupting our childrens children. Too many Republican lawmakers, wooed by maintaining outdated military bases that guarantee government jobs and reliable voters, try to equate rightsizing defense spending with a weaker military. The two are not one and the same.
And finally, there are the obvious geopolitical implications, as China and to a lesser extent Russia stand on the sidelines with Cheshire cat grins on their face, hoarding resources for the future, loaning us money to fight the permanent war, waiting for the right time to turn off the faucet of easy money, and watch the illusion come to an end.
McCain has an admirable record of service and a great life story. But every great life story includes a chapter where the torch is passed. McCain is up for reelection in 2016. It is never too early to begin identifying a real conservative in Arizona who recognizes both the value of our men and women in uniform and that a conservative defense policy doesnt include American boots on every inch of land across the planet. It is about time McCain take a bow and exit stage left, I hear Arizona is nice this time of year.
This headline is several years late.
I don’t think he ever had a mind to lose.
IMO, it appears John McCain is under complete ownership of the global/financial elite. He is their war monger and comes out in support of whatever venture they cook up.
Apparently John McCain is completely estranged from his family and prefers to stay in the beltway where he can be close to Lindsey Graham and Chuck Schumer.
John has contracted mad cow disease from nancy pelosi.
This is a trick question, right?
That pic of McCain sticking his tongue out during the 2008 presidential debate with The Messiah -- Is that real?
McCain has christian blood on his hands.
McCain is much more than just insane. He is an ENEMY of the country. Time to send him to ol’ sparky!
“...when asked to name one country we absolutely shouldnt invade no matter what the circumstance, an answer eluded him. Not even Canada, really?”
I’m no fan of McCain. But I wonder if, in 1932 this reporter had asked it of Roosevelt, Churchill, etc. “...an answer eluded him. Not even France, really?”
I’m guessing the reporter is a liberal, and didn’t press too hard on McCain’s support for Obama arming the ISIS terrorists.
I really have no idea. Maybe someone else will know.
Indeed he does. I read he walked out of a meeting where Middle Eastern Christians appeared to voice their concern.
The good senator may be a war hero, ....
Maverick the crasher is a sleazeball. Never would have gotten off the ground without his family ties.
McAmnesty is a DemocRat. AZ had the chance to get rid of him in 2010. They failed miserably. They love him.
When one considers the normal vectors for the contagion of Mad Cow Disease, your post leaves me deeply disturbed, appalled, and highly amused.
LOL, you made the post of the day and did not even know it.
I don’t take McCain as anymore of a war hero than many others who fought and died for the USA. My brother was killed on Okinawa during some close quarter fighting so I might be prejudiced and right at the same time.
The diagnosis of mad cow disease is often easily confused with batshit crazy. The brain will have to be actually extracted and dissected to tell the difference.
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