CBS Allows John McCain And Lindsey Graham To Beat The War Drums Over Iraq And Israel

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During Sunday’s broadcast of CBS’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer had on Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain. Both men were ostensibly on to discuss the recent issues in Israel, as well as the ongoing situation in Iraq. However, both men just did what they normally do every Sunday — preen in front of the camera and criticize the current occupant of the White House. It almost seemed like this segment was tailor-made for The Daily Show or The Colbert Report. (I can almost guarantee one of them will highlight this particular segment.)

Schieffer and his producers decided just to throw in the towel on this episode. Generally, it is bad enough when one of the Sunday shows has either Graham or McCain on. Heck, both of them are political whores who jump at any opportunity to get in front of the camera. In this case, CBS just decided to give up and have both of them appear on Sunday’s broadcast and talk crap about the President and his administration. At the same time, they made sure to beat the war drums and call for the United States to not only act more forcefully in Iraq, but to also call on the US to assert itself in the current Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

Regarding the latest news out of Israel regarding a retaliatory murder of a Palestinian teen after three Israeli teens were murdered last week, Graham and McCain had the following to say on Sunday:


SCHIEFFER: And here in Washington, we’re joined now by Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who spent a lot of time there. They are also just back from Afghanistan. Let me start with this video we just saw of this child. State Department has put out a statement condemning the beating. They’re demanding a full investigation. But is there anything the United States can do here, Senator McCain, to calm this situation?

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: Well, this is one case where I do believe that our secretary of state should go to the region.

This is a role — this is a place — many places, I don’t think we do play a role. In this case, I think that our secretary of state, Secretary Kerry, could go to the region and try to maybe do a little shuttle diplomacy.

This thing is in danger of spiraling out of control. There’s a whole lot of reasons for it, but right now this is a time where the United States could play a constructive role.

SCHIEFFER: Senator Graham?

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R), SOUTH CAROLINA: Well, when you start killing children, you set yourself on a path that is hard to reverse.

And I think a good idea to try to engage and get the parties back into their corners. But one thing about Israel, they will try to investigate, I think, and bring somebody to justice. The other side is not very good at that.


That sure sounds to me like a couple of war hawks wanting the US to meddle in the affairs of Palestine and Israel.

Later in the conversation, McCain and Graham both stated that President Obama needs to send both monetary aid and troops to the Middle East to deal with ISIS. On top of that, McCain basically stated that the President should have gone against the agreement that President Bush signed with Iraq in 2008 and just left troops in Iraq, even though that was against the wishes of the Iraqi government at the time.

SCHIEFFER: Just one thing, Senator. You say we left. The Iraqis would not sign the status of forces agreement, which would have put troops under our control, legal control. Are you just saying we didn’t try hard enough to get that agreement?


MCCAIN: I’m saying that they were ready to sign. I’m saying that this administration, this president didn’t want to stay, and we were there in Baghdad and in Irbil when they agreed to do it.

Now, we were actually there. And the president of the United States would never give them a number of troops and their mission that they wanted to leave behind. In the words of General Dempsey in testimony before the Armed Services Committee, it cascaded down to 3,000 people. The president campaigned he was going to get us out. And the president is going to make the same mistake in Afghanistan, unless he reverses that decision, that he made.

You’re going to see the same result in Afghanistan. We just came back from there. They feel abandoned.

SCHIEFFER: Senator, do you agree with that?

GRAHAM: I think the big fear I have about what we’re doing in Afghanistan is that we have great capability now.

We can watch a part of the world that is a safe haven for terrorists. Thirteen years after 9/11, there are more safe havens. There are more terrorist groups with more weapons and more capabilities than before 9/11, and we’re having less capability, less presence.

If we get down to 1,000 troops by 2017, and dismantle our eyes and ears in Afghanistan and Pakistan, it will haunt us far worse than Iraq. The counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan is a front-line defense against — for the homeland and it is being destroyed by this idea of leaving completely in 2017.

Mr. President, reverse your course. Keep our counterterrorism capabilities in effect to protect us here at home.


Of course, McCain and Graham want to make sure that people don’t think they actually want ’combat troops’ being left in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future or being sent to Iraq now.


MCCAIN: We’re not advocating combat troops.



OK, here’s the deal moving forward. If you consider yourself a news show, and you allow both McCain and Graham to come on together to spew their crap, you automatically lose all credibility. Sure, Schieffer may state that he ‘challenged’ those two on a number of issues. However, they still got to peddle their wares. They still were given valuable air time to push forward their particular brand of propaganda. Why? Because the Sunday show producers are a lazy bunch who stick with what they know.

34 Replies to “CBS Allows John McCain And Lindsey Graham To Beat The War Drums Over Iraq And Israel”

  1. CBS should not be allowed to air hate-speech by these GOP war hawks.

    In a sane world, CBS would be censored in an effort to protect free speech. SMH

  2. This is the reason i’ve given up on those Sunday news programs. Those two was hawks are on the little screen every Sunday. I just don’t care what they have to say.

  3. I don’t watch any news on TV. I get my news from the internet. There are days I say I am not even going to read the news on the internet, because I see comments (not on this site so much) but others that are just hateful, rancid, and disrespectful.

  4. Since when does Israel investigate or punish their war criminals? They rarely do. One major one recently died without ever seeing the inside of a cell…..

  5. A pair of militaristic versions of Waldorf and Statler of the Muppets fame.

    Only difference is they talk war instead of crack jokes.

  6. CBS was not forced(that we know of) to put these two clowns on the tube. They could have looked up some Dem’s and talked about the GOP house.

    But no. They got the 2 amigos to pound a drum. e guys that refuse to suit up and go to war themselves, and could care less what the country wants

  7. It was just a month or so ago when Kerry was in Israel and trying to get a deal with Israel and Palestine and both were criticizing his efforts. So there you go.

    Another sell out program with a geriatric host pedaling meat for the ignorant.

  8. Both McCain and Graham are sick dangerous warmongering madmen. Shame on the Sunday talk shows for even having these two war crazy fools on their show’s. I’m really glad that McCain lost the presidency twice. That old war hungry war nut would of had the world into world war. McCain is not only a hatemonger but a warmonger besides

  9. I disagree with everything these two goons say… but in regards to the first comment about censoring nbc to protect freedom of speech did no one catch that? And I’m going to kick myself if I’m missing something or the writer was being sarcastic bc I really hate those ppl who never get that stuff. But if I dont already have my foot in my mouth did anybody see that?

  10. Bob Schieffer! and CBS. I once really enjoyed watching your SHOW!Face the Nation! but alas my watching is OVER!because of continuously being made SICK with these two WARHAWKS!STOP! showing these TWO LIARS! PERIOD! adios! Ret.NavalOfficer

  11. They do investigate but they already know the outcome before they start and even if they do convict someone of war crimes they just elect him prime minister later as with Sharon. If they don’ like the outcome they just change the facts as with the USS Liberty.

  12. Are these two joined at the hip?
    One thing is for sure, every time McCain says anything he is always wrong, he seems not to have gotten any better about keeping his moth shut even after he wanted to send arms to Syrian good guys who turned out to be bad guys.
    CBS and Bob Scheiffer have gone steadily down hill since the 60 minutes debacle, they have no credibility.
    I will never watch any of these people.

  13. Both McCain and Graham have been beating the war drums for many months now. I hope they’re planning to lead the way into Iraq and Israel with families and followed by CBS!

    It’s always easier for those not in power to talk about war, what do they have to lose?

  14. For the love of God, CBS, would you stop giving the same two Obama hating parrots airtime??? A half hour of a test pattern would do more to inform the American public than letting these two trot out the same nonsense that has been ridiculed a hundred times already.

  15. Bob Schaeffer Did ask them at the end how they felt being part of a Congress that opposed everything ,and McCain didn’t even attempt to answer. He just spewed inane statement w/no meaning .

  16. I think Schieffer HAS to have McCain on, trying to make himself look younger. There must be one of those chairs on the set that has the imprint of little Johnny’s flabby ass cheeks, he is such a return visitor. More like a co-host. Looks like they both went to the tanning salon before the “show”

  17. I concure, “Face the Nation” use to be “informative” now it has slid down that slippery slope heading toward Fox “news” category.

  18. Why does anybody listen to that bitter old crank McCain “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” and chickenshit Lindsey Graham.

    Both have zero credit with the country any more.

  19. Why is it for the last 2 decades every conflict on the international scene the Republican solution is the one the makes the most money for the military industrial complex?

  20. War hawks such as McCain and Graham are demonstrating that those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them.

    McCain in particular has never seen a conflict abroad that he was not chomping at the bit to have U.S. troops be sent to engage.

    Remember, this is the war monger whose foreign policy advisor during the 2008 POTUS campaign convinced McCain to call for U.S. military engagement against Russia due to its border dispute with Georgia … all while this same advisor was serving as a paid consultant for the Georgian government.

  21. Sounds to me that the author of this article is upset that an opposing viewpoint other than his own was being espoused. The author should not be so closed-minded; he should be willing to hear all views and form an informed opinion. BTW: I do not subscribe to what McCain and Graham are saying, but I know they have the right to say what they believe.

  22. What are you talking about? The author did give his opinion.

    They have the right to say what they did, and the author has the right to critique it. Why do you take the authors rights away?

  23. McCain and Graham are two dangerous, war loving, war thirsty, war hungry, warmongering, war nuts that are both madmen

  24. Come on now, let’s be fair. John McClain did go to war. As one of the worst Naval Pilots ever he earned the nick name, Songbird from his fellow POWs in North Viet Nam. His preferential treatment as a POW is well documented by other POWs and his Vietnamese captors. His many broadcast intended for listening by US Forces in South Viet Nam are well known, but sealed by the Pentagon, as well as other acts treason.

  25. Every time I see McCain on live TV I keep expecting him to lose his marbles and start singing out of the blue “bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb the world”. “bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb the world”. Then after a few tense moments the interviewer will wave to someone off screen and two security guards will run and grab McCain and put a straight jacket on him. All the while when the camera is following the security crew escorting the senator off set he is singing “bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb the world”. The interviewer shaken will explain “well ladies and gentlemen it appears the senior senator from Arizona has had an episode and quite frankly fallen off his rocker”.

  26. Increasingly, the
    Sunday shows seem to revolve around inviting Republican guests onto the shows and letting them vent about whatever they think the Obama administration is doing wrong. Period. But when the US economy shows signs of robust growth? When the stock market continues to hit new historic highs? When we capture the leader of the Bhengazi raid? REPUBLICANS AREN’T VERY INTERESTED IN TALKING ABOUT THEM (Obama’s Succcesses) so, it turns out, neither are the Sunday shows. Tsk, Tsk. Talk about Fair and Balanced — {{FAIL}}

  27. They are like two old maids who should be sitting in their living rooms discussing old episodes of The Golden Girls.
    Why keep re-electing the same old fools who have nothing to contribute but war mongering. I do not want anyone’s children to suffer through another war, or conflict. Life is too precious. Let the wealthy and those who support eternal war send their children. Send the Everyman to war and those who do not go reap the better jobs and when the soldiers return we have nothing for them. Time to wake up.

  28. I am so over Bob Schieffer. I used to think he was a serious journalist, as I thought Face the Nation was a serious program. I tried to write to the producers and tell them how disappointed I am, but their feedback form doesn’t actually work. So much for input. I just don’t bother to watch those shows anymore.

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