Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) appeared on Tuesday’s broadcast of Morning Joe to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Once again, McCain called on the US to get more involved in the situation, calling on the White House to send military weapons to Ukrainian forces and threaten Russian President Vladimir Putin with military intervention. While McCain did try to say he did not want ‘boots on the ground,’ he chided President Obama for constantly pointing out in press conferences that America will not send in troops.
Below is video of McCain’s segment:
Overall, this was more of the same old, same old from ultra-hawk McCain. When it comes to foreign policy, he is only looking to undermine the President. Whatever POTUS decides, McCain has to make the talk show rounds and point out how wrong Obama is. It is a tired old act, yet McCain continues to get superb mileage from it, considering his incessant media appearances.
During Tuesday’s Morning Joe appearance, McCain initially tried to come across as a worldly diplomat, as he discussed the need for further economic sanctions on Russia for their actions and the possibility of providing non-Russian based energy to Ukraine. However, the old war hawk came out as he called for America to send weapons to Ukraine to assist the country’s defense.
This was just the tip of the iceberg. As expected, McCain couldn’t help himself when it came to criticizing the White House. He mocked the President’s insistence on not placing ‘boots on the ground’ as he repeated the phrase multiple times in a high-pitched voice. After video was played of Vice-President Biden’s speech in Ukraine that occurred right before McCain’s interview, the Republican Senator derisively brushed aside Biden’s harsh remarks to Russia by saying, “Or what?” The insinuation there was that McCain feels that the White House is too ‘weak and timid’ and that Putin has no fear of the US whatsoever.
McCain also criticized the President over his handling of Syria. The Senator’s statements against the President obviously show a complete break from reality, as he conveniently forgets the outpouring of resistance from the American people at the time regarding military action in Syria. Republican and Democratic members of Congress were telling the White House at the time that the vast majority of their constituents vehemently opposed the use of military force in Syria, especially if it meant US troops being sent there. In the end, Secretary of State Kerry was able to broker a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
During this segment, while the panel deferred to McCain quite a bit, they did offer some facts that conflicted with much of McCain’s supposed solutions. McCain has called for the US and other nations to provide more energy to Ukriane and help it become energy independent. However, as one panelist pointed out, that is a long-term plan that wouldn’t do anything in the short-term. Also, Joe Scarborough got McCain to admit that he wanted the US to work unilaterally in regards to Ukraine and Russia, as obviously certain countries in Europe are dealing with high-unemployment and don’t want to cause huge economic instability in the region.
In the end, McCain offered up nothing substantial. What he did provide was a whole lot of bitterness, as not only is he still upset over the 2008 election, but he totally hates the fact that the White House couldn’t care one bit about his opinion. That really, really eats at him. Honestly, though, why should they care what he thinks? He still firmly holds on to a 20th century Cold War worldview. He has not evolved and he obviously doesn’t want to.
Just let him pimp himself out to the Sunday shows and any other talk show that will book him. He can do all the talking he wants, but he isn’t setting any policy and nobody of importance cares what he thinks. His sphere of influence has completely diminished. Heck, even his constituents can’t stand him. I think the only people that don’t realize how inconsequential John McCain is are talk show producers and McCain himself.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).