On MSNBC’s MTP Daily, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) urged Trump to strike Syria without authorization from Congress. McCain also outlined a plan that would be a repeat of the mistakes the US made in Iraq.
Sen. McCain made three points that sounded like a repeat of the Iraq war.
1). McCain said that Trump could strike Syria without Congressional authorization and that the US needed a new AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force) presumably to cover the new war in the Middle East that some Republicans already have in mind.
2). Sen. McCain wants the US to take out the Assad regime’s air force, create safe zones, and arm and supply rebels.
3). John McCain wants the US to rebuild Syria after the war.
Mccain wants the US military heavily involved in Syria.
It is a small jump from arming rebels and air strikes to sending in ground troops. The Trump administration has refused to rule out military strikes in North Korea and Syria. As their domestic agenda fails, Trump is increasingly showing signs that he will try to boost his popularity through a military conflict. Despite all of his bashing of the Iraq war, it looks like Trump is itching to be a wartime president.
Sen. McCain was already laying out the strategy for the next US war in the Middle East. McCain never mentioned international coalitions or cooperation, because it appears that America is back to being led by a president who wants to go it alone in the Middle East.
The clouds of war are building, and it seems it is only a matter of when, not if, Donald Trump and the Republican Party will repeat their many mistakes of Iraq.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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