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Has John McCain Lost His Mind?
Townhall ^ | August 7, 2014 | Bryan Pruitt

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 can’t 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 shouldn’t 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 didn’t 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 McCain’s 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 country’s 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 children’s 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 doesn’t 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.


TOPICS: Arizona; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2016; arizona; mccain; military
I can think of one name and I believe that potential candidate has a home in Arizona already.
1 posted on 08/07/2014 8:46:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This headline is several years late.


2 posted on 08/07/2014 8:48:48 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

bump


3 posted on 08/07/2014 8:49:45 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think he ever had a mind to lose.


4 posted on 08/07/2014 8:50:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


5 posted on 08/07/2014 8:52:08 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


6 posted on 08/07/2014 8:52:54 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

John has contracted mad cow disease from nancy pelosi.


7 posted on 08/07/2014 8:54:45 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a trick question, right?


8 posted on 08/07/2014 9:00:20 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
FReeper question:

That pic of McCain sticking his tongue out during the 2008 presidential debate with The Messiah -- Is that real?

9 posted on 08/07/2014 9:00:44 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: riri

McCain has christian blood on his hands.


10 posted on 08/07/2014 9:00:45 PM PDT by cowboyusa
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McCain is much more than just insane. He is an ENEMY of the country. Time to send him to ol’ sparky!


11 posted on 08/07/2014 9:05:46 PM PDT by Viennacon (Liberals are like vomit in a lot of ways)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...when asked to name one country we absolutely shouldn’t 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.


12 posted on 08/07/2014 9:07:36 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I really have no idea. Maybe someone else will know.


13 posted on 08/07/2014 9:07:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: cowboyusa

Indeed he does. I read he walked out of a meeting where Middle Eastern Christians appeared to voice their concern.


14 posted on 08/07/2014 9:08:50 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Illegals Are Getting Flat Screet TV's....NOT TB Screenings!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


15 posted on 08/07/2014 9:13:45 PM PDT by boycott
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McAmnesty is a DemocRat. AZ had the chance to get rid of him in 2010. They failed miserably. They love him.


16 posted on 08/07/2014 9:16:32 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 21twelve

17 posted on 08/07/2014 9:17:00 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: clearcarbon
John has contracted mad cow disease from nancy pelosi.

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.

18 posted on 08/07/2014 9:25:42 PM PDT by cpdiii (deckhand, roughneck, geologist, pilot, pharmacist. The constitution is worth dying for!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


19 posted on 08/07/2014 9:31:51 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: cpdiii

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.


20 posted on 08/07/2014 9:33:19 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: noinfringers2

My late father was on Okinawa as well.


21 posted on 08/07/2014 9:33:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“My late father was on Okinawa as well.”

And so was my late father, who was seriously injured after 45 days combat on the island.

He recovered and was waiting for assignment to the units preparing for amphibious landing on the Jap mainland, but saved by the nukes.


22 posted on 08/07/2014 9:42:09 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: truth_seeker

Same here. We’ll never know how many people (USA, allied and Japanese/Korean) that Harry Truman saved with that decision.


23 posted on 08/07/2014 9:44:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: cpdiii
"When one considers the normal vectors for the contagion of Mad Cow Disease, your post leaves me deeply disturbed, appalled, and highly amused."

You'll find that no where else on Earth is there a greater diversity of cows than in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.
24 posted on 08/07/2014 9:55:43 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, it took till 2014 for them to ask this question?


25 posted on 08/07/2014 9:56:02 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McCain has never been known for his intellectual prowess, but he loves the sound of his own voice, and he loves the limelight. Being a war hawk is the only tune he knows, and it is what keeps him near and dear to the neocons that keep reelecting him. Give America a war, and give America a tax break scheme, and he passes for conservative with the GOP, free to grow government, open our borders, make sure every leftest kook there is gets appointed to cabinet positions or to the courts..., whatever he can do to help Democrats, and keep the status quo of power elites.

The senile old fool shouldn’t be allowed to run for office again.


26 posted on 08/07/2014 9:56:28 PM PDT by pallis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nuke Eyeran.


27 posted on 08/07/2014 9:58:20 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Has John McCain Lost His Mind?

Yes he has but he has hired three illegal Mexican day laborers to look for it for him.

28 posted on 08/07/2014 11:23:20 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It is my home!!!)
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To: GeronL

I was thinking the same thing.


29 posted on 08/08/2014 1:51:09 AM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: GeronL
This headline is several years late.

You ain't lien.

30 posted on 08/08/2014 2:07:27 AM PDT by McGruff (How's that Hopey Changey Thingy workin out for ya?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McCain, ROVE, McAmnesty, and a few others being on what seems like every news network every day is one of the main reasons I no longer watch network news.


31 posted on 08/08/2014 3:16:10 AM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: GeronL

McStain has been showing signs of senile dementia for several years now. He has no business sitting in the Senate.


32 posted on 08/08/2014 7:36:28 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I agree


33 posted on 08/08/2014 9:17:24 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Same here. We’ll never know how many people (USA, allied and Japanese/Korean) that Harry Truman saved with that decision.”

Considerations like what Truman faced, and how he handled it are important in the long run. (More important than rehashing McCain continually)

We face an equivalent threat from worldwide Islamic expansion.

What will it take for us to recognize this? And what will we be prepared to do?


34 posted on 08/08/2014 1:23:15 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Has McCain even spoken to many troops lately?

Oh, sure, just not American.


35 posted on 08/08/2014 1:33:27 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: COBOL2Java

When Arab women are ugly, they’re UGLY and when they’re not, they’re HOT!


36 posted on 08/08/2014 2:01:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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