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Friday, October 28, 2016

Washington (AFP) – Senior U.S. lawmaker John McCain accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of risking a Middle East regional conflagration by failing to show leadership on the crisis in Syria.

The conservative senator and former presidential candidate, an influential Washington foreign policy hawk, compared Obama to former president Jimmy Carter, widely seen here as weak.

McCain, a former navy pilot who was made prisoner during the Vietnam War, is a strong advocate of robust support for Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking to a radio station in his home state of Arizona, the Republican senator said U.S. indecisiveness and inaction had made the situation in Syria even worse.

So far the administration has resisted McCain’s call for the United States to send weapons and other material support to the rebels in Syria, to the U.S. senator’s great frustration.

“It has turned to a tragedy of mammoth proportions,” he said. “It’s becoming a regional conflict. It’s spread to Lebanon, it’s spread to Turkey, it’s spread to Jordan.

“I have never seen anything like this in my life. I thought Jimmy Carter was bad, but he pales in comparison to this president, in my view.”

Carter, who served one term in the White House between 1977 and 1981, when he was ousted by Republican candidate Ronald Reagan, is dismissed by conservatives as dovish and ineffectual.

AFP Photo/Noorullah Shirzada

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  • daniel bostdorf

    I simply have no regard for this man, only to the extent of his service in the armed forces and survining captivity..

    But McCain is a demogue and not in his right mind in my opinion, and there was an article in 2011 that clearly outlines this:

    5 Reasons Why John McCain is Nuts


    I think the past 3 years since this article, McCain has only proven it further.

    The 6th reason?

    McCain likens Obama to Jimmy Carter….that says it all…

  • midway54

    Nothing like another drone bombing or perhaps another invasion to straighten out things to the delight of those plutocrats who depend on perpetual military actions for perpetual profits (Cheney and his cronies can affirm this).

    Just think about this guy having won the election and then while in the WH suffering a serious stroke and mental disability, if not death, bringing to the nation and the world, the clueless Shrieking Sarah Palin.

    • RNPRN

      Scarey! God bless Obama.

  • Sand_Cat

    By all means, give John a gas mask and an AK-47 and ship him over.
    Sara can go with him if she wants.

    • daniel bostdorf

      “you betcha!”

    • JSquercia

      Perhaps all those gun nuts could create a volunteer division to use their weapons on those who might shoot back

      • leadvillexp

        I am one of those so called gun nuts. At this time I am fighting the New York Safeact and trying to get rid of dictator Cuomo. As to Sen. McCain he is wrong. Jimmy Carter became one of the worlds greatest peace makers. To be compared to President Carter would be a complement. We need to bring all our troops home and get out of the Middle East. They have fought for 2000 years and will fight for 2000 more. If we stay there we will be there for 2000 years also. The US is strong enough to do as we please, we don’t need to prove it.

    • idamag

      Good one. I always said people who want to shoot first and ask questions later should lead people into war,not send them.

      • leadvillexp

        While I am not a fan of Sen. McCain’s politics you can’t say he didn’t lead. Just look at his Vietnam record. He already served his time.

        • idamag

          I have read McCain’s war record and of all the war mongers he is the only one who did serve in active duty. His service does not mean he is a good judge of whom and when we drop bombs. He has advocated dropping a bomb on Palestine, Syria, Yemen, and Iran.

          • leadvillexp

            My point was that he did lead people into war and not just send them. I do agree with you about him not being a good judge about when to get involved in a war, especially someone else’s war. I am a firm believer in keeping our nose out of other countries business unless they stick their’s in our’s.

  • docb

    Still a bitter angry little old man…even the Syrian rebels commented on that to him when in popped in on them!


    McCain never saw a war he didn’t like!

  • idamag

    Senile old war monger. I saw his crazy tirade on television.

  • Mike Havenar

    Good God! McCain is SO WRONG about President Jimmy Carter! Apparently he has not read the book by Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary and CIA director, who stated categorically and unequivocally that the Soviet Union hated Carter for his aggressive reining-in of Soviet advances in the Third World, and for his insertion of CIA programs into Eastern European countries, setting the stage for Reagan’s continuation of Carter’s initiative. Gates says that Carter never got credit for the fine things he did, and that he was a very strong President, who served more time in the military (11 years , the submarine service.) He was Chief Deputy to Admiral Hyman Rickover, the father of the nuclear submarine, and took several of the new vessels on their test dives. When the leader of Delta Force retired he sent Carter a letter saying, “My men think you are tougher than a woodpecker’s lips,” because Carter had told him in front of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that, once they were on the ground in Iran to rescue the hostages, he was in full command and would be the sole decider whether to continue or discontinue the mission, no matter what the Pentagon wanted. It burns my butt to see the incredibly WRONG information that people like this ageing, nearly-senile senator have and spread around like manure on dead football-brained Americans.