While many Iraqis are responsible for this strategic disaster, the administration cannot escape its share of the blame. When President Obama withdrew all U.S. forces … over the objections of our military leaders and commanders on the ground, many of us predicted that the vacuum would be filled by America’s enemies and would emerge as a threat to U.S. national security interests. Sadly, that reality is now clearer than ever.Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham • In a joint statement on the capture of Fallujah by al-Qaeda forces in Iraq. The duo call this situation “predictable.” Our question: Just because something is “predictable,” does that mean that we should continue to have a military presence in a country with no direct influence on our own? Where is the line here?
The Democrats, they better understand something. What goes around comes around. And if they try to humiliate Republicans, things change in American politics, and I know what it’s like to be in the majority and in the minority, and it won’t be forgotten…we’ve got to turn this around. And the Democrats had better help us.John McCain, being rather petulent on “Face The Nation” yesterday. He admitted earlier in the interview that the quest to defund Obamacare was “a fool’s errand” to begin with, yet stood firm that Democrats have a responsibility to help the GOP save face. Because vowing revenge against the guys you tried unsuccesfully to screw over after your plan blows up in your face—that’s true leadership. source
I’d remind my colleagues that in the 2012 election, Obamacare…was a subject that was a major issue in the campaign. Well, the people spoke. They spoke, much to my dismay, but they spoke and they reelected the president of the United States.McCain on Senate floor (via arimelber)
As far as inter-party jousting is concerned, it’s little surprise that Senator McCain, who labelled freshman Republican Senator Ted Cruz (as well as Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Justin Amash) a “wacko bird” some months back, would take a dim view of Cruz’s filibuster-esque display yesterday. There’s also some evidence that he may not be alone in his dislike.
I mean, this is not only sufficient, it is well over sufficient. We’ll be the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall.John McCain on the “border surge” amendment included in the Senate’s immigration bill. Considering that a) the Berlin wall ultimately fell down, and b) comparing a government to that of Josef Stalin is generally not considered a compliment these days, you’d assume McCain was speaking in opposition to the amendment. You would be wrong. source
basicallypantsless says: in response to your post on the double standard of intelligence sharing: we knew they were terrorists. they BOMBED a city. not everyone in this country is a terrorist, however, and should be treated as such. innocent until proven guilty. sorry i am using this method of commenting. i'm new haha
» SFB says: Not disagreeing—just pointing out what John McCain said about intelligence sharing, because he’s one of the guys deciding this thing for the rest of us. — Ernie @ SFB
We have a real double standard. A few weeks ago we were all complaining that we didn’t have enough information about those kids in Boston and we needed broader intelligence sharing. Now we say we want to clamp down on how the information moves.Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) • Speaking after an off-record briefing, attended by roughly half of the Senate’s members, about the NSA’s surveillance programs. Despite McCain’s skeptical take on the matter, momentum seems to be growing in favor of more limitations on information-sharing, with one key defender of the NSA programs, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), claiming that legislation was on its way. “We will certainly have legislation which will limit or prevent contractors from handling highly classified and technical data, and we will do some other things,” she said.
163 people killed in Syria today, according to a local activist committee. The fact that one of them was a Michigan woman has turned heads at the State Department; according to both AP and John McCain, the regime has recently gained the upper hand in the two-year-old conflict, which has claimed roughly 80,000 lives so far. source