WASHINGTON, May 30, 2017 — It’s said that generals are always fighting the last war. That seems to be the case for the confused senator from Arizona, John McCain.
McCain chose the somber occasion of Memorial Day to tell the grieving loved ones of ISIS-inspired horrors, like the parents of the young concert-goers murdered in the suicide bombing in Manchester, “I think he [Vladimir Putin] is the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS.”
He uttered this nonsense while in Australia, the land of kangaroos and koalas. According to the New York Times,
“He [McCain] said while there was no evidence the Russians succeeded in changing the U.S. election outcome, they were still trying to change elections, including the recent French vote.”
There was a lot of talk among the international press that Russian agents were attempting to “influence” the outcome of the French election in favor of the National Front’s Marine Le Pen, right up to the moment she lost.
McCain admits there is “no evidence” of Russian meddling in the recent U.S presidential election to prompt America’s charging headlong into a second Cold War, but he’s quite ready to ignore tangible evidence, like the nails pulled from the faces of young victims of the ISIS-inspired Manchester suicide bombing.
Recently, McCain attacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for advancing a U.S. foreign policy based on realism and not emotionalism.
“We make policy to serve our interests, which are not related to our values,” McCain wrote in the New York Times. “So, if you happen to be in the way of our forging relationships with your oppressors that could serve our security and economic interests, good luck to you. You’re on your own.”
But in a world awash in tyranny and with an endless supply of oppressors, McCain failed to articulate his formula for helping U.S. policy-makers prioritize which tyrannies or oppressors should find themselves in the cross hairs of our “values.”
If we are to judge McCain’s vision for a values-driven foreign policy, we must look to recent history.
When in 2011 President Obama joined NATO and its Libyan rebel “allies” in toppling the regime of Muammar Gadhafi, he plucked on our heartstrings, saying the intervention was meant to prevent the dictator from committing “atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue.”
When chaos followed in the wake of Gadhafi’s toppling, McCain urged patience. “Maybe we should be doing everything we can to help these people and maybe we’re not, and they’re dying.”
America’s sympathy for McCain’s Libyan revolutionaries came to an abrupt end after it was learned locals contracted to provide security for our consulate in Benghazi were members of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Ansar al-Sharia, who joined in the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens on Sept. 11, 2012.
It was Gadhafi’s fall and not his “atrocities” that triggered a “humanitarian crisis.” A crisis ISIS has used to infiltrate Europe by way of the European Union’s lax immigration policies.
The same slack U.S. immigration policies long advocated by McCain and exploited by ISIS sympathizers: like the 2014 hatchet attacker in Queens, New York; the 2015 failed attack at a Mohamed cartoon contest in Garland, Texas; the 2015 San Bernardino County mass shooting by husband-and-wife jihadists Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik.
Vladimir Putin is not the biggest threat facing the Western World. It is the confused, misguided and dangerous “values” of people like John McCain.