John McCain, from his usual perch atop the Sunday morning political shows, was in a foul mood this week. While the German and French leaders continue to work for a political solution to the ongoing nightmare in Ukraine, McCain cannot believe that the US is not already at war in the country. It is a disgrace to the United States, said McCain, that President Obama has not already started shipping lethal weapons to the government in Kiev so that it can finish off the independence-seeking regions in east Ukraine.
It is understandable that McCain is partial to the government in Kiev -- he personally helped put them in power. At the end of 2013, when protesters sought the overthrow of their elected government, McCain dropped in several times to provide moral support. "I am proud of what the people of Ukraine are doing," he said at the time. The "Energizer Bunny of interventionism" told the more extreme of the political elements gathered, "we are here to support your just cause."
So when things are not going to McCain's interventionist plan (when do these hare-brained schemes ever go right?), as those seeking to secede are routing the conscripted army sent in to crush them, McCain sees red and demands more violence.
Said McCain yesterday:
This is a shameful chapter. I’m ashamed of my country, I’m ashamed of my president, and I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t done more to help these people. It is really, really, heartbreaking.
McCain also had sharp words for Germany and France's Merkel and Hollande for holding talks with their Russian and Ukrainian counterparts. Seeking a political solution to the conflict is "shameful" according to John "Worf" McCain. The French and German leaders efforts have ”legitimized, for the first time in 70 years, the dismemberment of a country in Europe,” he explained.
History does not seem to be a strong point for McCain. Has he forgotten the dismemberment of Yugoslavia and then Serbia (both dismemberments he enthusiastically supported) in the 1990s? What about the peaceful "dismemberment" of Czechoslovakia in 1992. Indeed, as Dr. Paul writes in this week's column, had McCain and the neocons butted out of Ukraine's internal affairs, it is entirely possible that a far more peaceful break-up of Ukraine could have taken place. The two sides may have soon been trading as do the Czech and Slovak republics.
McCain is ashamed of the US because its government is far less involved in overseas wars than he would like.
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