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John McCain Pathetically Leaves Iraq Security Briefing After “Only a Matter of Minutes”

john-mccain-squintingAny shred of respect I had left for John McCain is now gone after he left yet another security briefing early just so he could go speak with reporters.

Last week he left a classified briefing on the Bowe Bergdahl POW swap about halfway through so he could go talk with reporters to bash the Obama administration – about the lack of information he was being given by the Obama administration about the Bowe Bergdahl POW swap.

In 2012 he also scheduled a press conference to complain about the lack of information he was being given relating to Benghazi, during a security briefing he didn’t attend about Benghazi. 

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Well his latest absurd move happened when he left a security briefing on Iraq (you know, since the insurgents are quickly taking over the country) after “only a matter of minutes” so that he could go – talk to reporters.

He then proceeded to tell reporters that Iraq is “the greatest threat since the Cold War.”

First, that’s utterly ridiculous.  The Cold War nearly took this entire planet to nuclear war and we had Soviet nuclear missiles parked in Cuba.  Talk about over sensationalized hyperbole.

And if he thinks Iraq is the “greatest threat since the Cold War” then what the heck is he doing leaving a security briefing on Iraq after “only a matter of minutes”?

Even Lindsey Graham, one of McCain’s closest friends in the Senate, basically called out McCain’s early departure showing regret that he didn’t hear his comments.  “I was in a briefing,” Graham said.

The same briefing from which John McCain left early.

But if you look at McCain’s comments over the last several years, he’s obsessed with war.  If he had been elected president he would have kept tens of thousands of troops in Iraq and sent more into Afghanistan.  He would have also sent troops into Egypt, Libya and Syria.  And who knows what he might have done with Iran at this point.

It’s insanity.

The problem with Iraq is that there was never going to be a happy ending there.  Unless we planned to occupy Iraq for decades, building democracy and maintaining security, exactly what we see now happening is what was always going to happen the moment our troops left.

It’s an absolute embarrassment to see someone like John McCain stand there in front of reporters talking about how the situation in Iraq presents such a grave threat, when he just left a security briefing after only a few minutes concerning the situation in Iraq. 

Where I once saw John McCain as an example of a Republican I had respect for, now I find myself just shaking my head nearly every time he speaks.


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  • Fiona Mackenzie

    He rushed to get out in front of the cameras before the rest got there. The only reason he went into the meeting at all, for the couple of minutes he did, was so that the stories could say, “…after leaving the hearing…”

  • Doug Dittmer

    Vietnam erected a statue to honor John (Songbird) McCain who had tea and crumpets with his interrogator every morning and spilled his guts about US flight paths and combat operations. This was his torture while in the hands of the North Vietnamese. He was isolated from other US prisoners of war because the Americans would have killed him for colluding with the enemy. After the unification of North and South Vietnam, McCain led the effort in the legislature to establish trade relations with his former captives. On his first trip to Vietnam, he sought out his old friend – his interrogator. Does anyone know of any other U.S. soldier who had a statue erected in his honor by the very country we were fighting? Do we have any Vets in this country other than McCain who refer to their former captors or interrogators as “old friends” …as McCain did? We can argue whether or not it was wise to fight a war in Vietnam, but under all military laws, McCain should have been prosecuted for collusion with the enemy. He escaped that because his father was a U.S. Admiral. Had he been a common soldier, he would have been executed for his crime. Does anyone else see the hypocrisy? He was attending a briefing on former prisoner Bowe Berghahl?? Given McCain’s own war crimes, and the prisoner swap we did to get him back, McCain’s actions go way beyond hypocrisy. The audacity of McCain is simply sociopathic.