With the majority of Americans still opposed to sending US troops back to Iraq and into Syria — despite months of scaremongering from the White House and mainstream media — Senator John McCain has come up with an unusual idea to appeal to voters: the promise of a much wider war.
A Republican win would vault McCain into the chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senator from Arizona has already given Americans a preview of his priorities should that event occur: much more war! It will start with another US military invasion of Iraq and an invasion of Syria as well.
Said McCain over the weekend:
[T]o actually defeat ISIS is going to require more boots on the ground, more vigorous strikes, more special forces, further arming the Kurdish peshmerga forces and creating a no-fly zone and buffer zone in Syria...
The Senator also vowed to significantly increase military spending, go after Iran more aggressively, re-commit the United States to the overthrow of the Assad government in Syria, and drop a lot more weapons to the Kurds and the anti-Assad rebels in Syria.
McCain claims that in order to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS), the United States must remove Assad from power in Syria. It is an odd statement considering that Assad's military has been the only force actively and consistently fighting against ISIS and the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front.
Indeed, if the US attack on Syria had been launched last year, as McCain urged, ISIS or a similar group would likely be in charge in Damascus at present.
Likewise, McCain's promise to drop even more weapons in the region should come under scrutiny. According to press reports today, the most recent US weapons drop in Syria ended up in the hands of ISIS. In yet another propaganda and public relations coup, the Islamic State made a video rubbing in the fact that US weapons are quite literally falling into its hands.
With the US economy weaker than it has been in years, McCain promises to spend far more than President Obama has already committed to starting another war in the Middle East. Will Americans take a deep breath, back away from their media-induced terror over the "ISIS threat," and contemplate what an additional $100 or more billion per year spent on a no-win war in the Middle East?
McCain is betting they will not.