John McCain Calls for Regime Change In N. Korea

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was discussing the latest conflict between North and South Korea on CNN’s State of the Union today, when he returned to the neo-con siren song of regime change, “I think it’s time we — yes. I think it’s time we talked about regime change in North Korea, and I do not mean military action.” Of course, McCain really means military action. How else could the most isolated regime in the world be removed?

Here is the video via CNN:

McCain urged China to impose sanctions on N. Korea, “So could I just finally say, the key to this, obviously, is China. And unfortunately China is not behaving as a responsible world power. It cannot be in China’s long-term interest to see a renewed conflict on the Korean Peninsula. We’ve got to understand that China is not what we want it to be, but is not playing a responsible role on the world stage, much less in — on the Korean Peninsula. They could bring the North Korean economy to its knees if they wanted to. And I cannot believe that the Chinese should, in a mature fashion, not find it in their interest to restrain North Korea. So far, they are not.”

McCain then called for a non-military regime change in N. Korea by making the case for military action in North Korea , “I think it’s time we — yes. I think it’s time we talked about regime change in North Korea, and I do not mean military action, but I do believe that this is a very unstable regime. They’re now passing on to — from the “dear leader” to what we call him the “sweet leader,” whatever it is, 27-year-old four-star general. So, but, and we can, we can have a peaceful resolution to this issue. But the North Korean regime is not one that’s going to abandon the nuclear power status. They are now seeking recognition from us that they are a nuclear nation. That’s not in our interests.”

From McCain’s comments, let’s try to piece together his strategy. McCain is calling for regime change in North Korea, but he wants to do it, without military action, so his solution is to pressure China to place heavy economic sanctions on the country which would bring the regime to its knees, and thus result regime change. The sanctions model has been used with N. Korea as it relates to their nuclear program, but thus far, sanctions have not proven to be an effective inducement for regime change. If anything, sanctions often serve to strengthen the stronghold of a regime on its people. For example the sanctions against Iraq were a disaster for the Iraqi people, but they also helped to keep Saddam Hussein in power.

McCain’s vision of sanctions being powerful enough to cause the regime in North Korea to crumble is a cross between a pipe dream and a fantasy, and he knows it. What McCain was really advocating for today was military action. North Korea has been sanctioned, isolated, and starved for years, but the regime is still in power.

During the Bush years, the neo-con hard line position on North Korea made the regime more dangerous, and now McCain is suggesting that we take the neo-con dream a step further with regime change. McCain can try to change the definition, but we all know what Republicans mean by regime change, and the American people should be happy every single day that John McCain, the fanatical warmonger is not occupying the Oval Office.

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7 Replies to “John McCain Calls for Regime Change In N. Korea”

  1. Oh, gosh. This makes me so regret 2008. To think, McCain would have been pushing for war while his VP pushed for us to follow our “treaty” with N Korea and “also, prudence with S Korea.”

    In other words, one more cluster**** courtesy of the puppet masters.

  2. and worse, what do extreme sanctions do? They crush the people of the country. Not the leaders.

    But I’m totally in shock that John McCain would call for military action. Wait, that he would not call for military action while calling for military action. On one hand we have these people called Republicans who are against our security by not ratified the START treaty yet he wants to attack another small country that cannot fight back. he wants to take a thoroughly used up military that cannot win in Afghanistan and put them back in the mountainous regions of North Korea. For those of us who are unsure North Korea borders China. I am not saying that we would attack China because they would not allow us to however I have a feeling that would make China a little defensive.
    But it is China’s turn to step up. We have been paying for their military buildup every time we shop at Wal-Mart. It’s time that they use that military at least as a threat to North Korea. North Korea would have no recourse if China wanted to remove the military leadership of the country. South Korea is a very important trading partner with China, North and South Korea would be an even more important trading partner.

    McCain would be better off dealing with don’t ask don’t tell. Or should I say asking for more studies and sharing them with Sarah Palin

  3. there is no doubt in my mind that we would be still fighting in Iraq and probably other places around the world is that senile bag of Western wind had been elected

  4. “Geezer and Gidget” would be pouring over the daily postings on FreeRepublic trying to determine the “right” course of common sense action: to nuke or to invade and also too! how to sell the draft to the common man while exempting those elite blue bloods they pretend to despise (though they both sold their soul for an invite to the party)…..Hmmmmm……the Sunday musings of the intellectually challenged and judgment impaired.

  5. I am not surprised at all that this is coming from McCain, since he is one of those politicians who are for cutting funding for domestic programs but not defense. The fact is that he DOES want a military solution, and it is in perfect alignment with his mindset. In addition, it also aligns with Sarah Palin’s mindset, since her idea of
    “exceptionalism” is one in which the military might of this country always makes right. McCain has lost any semblance of “honor” he ever had by aligning himself with the worst, most reactionary elements of the GOP in order to maintain his political power. His worst decision, and the farthest reaching, was to select the clueless, classless, and confrontational Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008. Even 2 years later, it’s painfully obvious that a McCain-Palin presidential victory would have been an unmitigated disaster for this country, especially since they are both reckless sable-rattlers.

  6. I love that expression, Sarah: “the Sunday musings of the intellectually challenged and judgment impaired.”

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