The sound of John McCain discussing unnecessary war is like nails on a chalkboard to many Americans. And at the drop of the hate, he is at it again. Yesterday, McCain stated, "I think it would be a very serious situation where we are now, 535 commanders in chief. Look, the president of the United States is the only commander."
Unfortunately for the Senator, Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution he has sworn to, clearly delegates the power to declare war to the Congress. Why is this so controversial?
His partner, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) chimed in later in the day, declaring that he didn’t want another Iraq, he simply wanted another middle eastern war to find and destroy WMDs . . . .
The President has stated that human dignity has been offended in Syria and that this is essentially a humanitarian mission. That is pretty straightforward. It is stupid, but semi-honest. But Mr. McCain argues that if American fails to intervene in a civil war on the other side of the world, it would prove "catastrophic." This is disingenuous. McCain is fear mongering in order to goad the U.S. into another war.
Strikingly, McCain argued that he "can't support something that I'm afraid may be doomed to failure in the long run." How this interacts with the complete failure of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan McCain did not say.
McCain's recent comments are irresponsible at best. The gravity of his rhetoric betrays the true nature of a conflict that has nothing to do with American interests in any direct way. McCain is using frightening rhetoric to make his points. People such as this must be ignored when considering a true war at this time.
McCain was caught playing games on his iPhone during a Senate hearing on Syria that had John Kerry and Chuck Hagel testifying. He later laughed the incident off. But if America bombs Syria, innocent civilians will be caught in the cross fire, and for what? To save Obama’s reputation since he constructed a stupid line that the entire country must now back up?
If McCain wants war – fine. But he needs to (1) take this more seriously, (2) articulate why this benefits America in tangible and literal terms, (3) avoid fear mongering and rhetoric and (4) shun his own desire to demonize those who oppose him for good reasons.