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Monday, June 2, 2014

John McCain: Chameleon and Disengenius


Image: montrealsimon.blogspot.com
As expected the political Right is "up in arms" (excuse the pun) about last Fridays Gitmo and Sgt. Bergdahl prisoner swap. 

The Chorus is as steady and loud as a Baptist serve on a "First Sunday."  Of course, there is no one louder and more "put-off" than John (I want more wars) McCain. 

Remember when McCain was exchanged for other Communist North Vietnamese POWS in 1973 by then President Nixon? Don't you hate when Republicans negotiated with terrorists to free an American Serviceman?
The Senator from Arizona appeared on his ("oh so") relished Sunday morning (conservative news) Shows with an appearance on CBS.  Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer turned the platform over to McCain for a full 3:40 minute diatribe.  

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/john-mccain-worried-about-guantanamo-detainees-....



The Project Vote Smart  has linked back to a February 18, 2014 McCain/Anderson Cooper, 360 Degrees, interview. The link takes one directly to a transcript of the inimitable McCain commenting about prisoner swaps (in Syria) with a focus on his 2012 agreement with swapping prisoners.

BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT 
COOPER: Would you oppose the idea of some form of negotiations or prisoner exchange? I know back in 2012 you called the idea of even negotiating with the Taliban bizarre, highly questionable. 
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: Well, at that time the proposal was that they would release -- Taliban, some of them really hard-core, particularly five really hard-core Taliban leaders, as a confidence- building measure. Now this idea is for an exchange of prisoners for our American fighting man. 
I would be inclined to support such a thing depending on a lot of the details. 
COOPER: Of anybody on Capitol Hill, you know better than anybody what this young man must be going through. Obviously it's a very different time. How do you get through something like this? I mean, for somebody in this situation? 
MCCAIN: Well, I was fortunate in where he is not that I had fellow POWs that even though I was a long time in solitary confinement we would tap on the wall to each other and stay in communication. If it wasn't for that, it would have been a very different story for most of us. And this is why I feel especially sympathetic for Mr. Bergdahl because he is all there by himself. 
COOPER: So if there was some -- the possibility of some sort of exchange, that's something you would support? 
MCCAIN: I would support. Obviously I'd have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home and if exchange was one of them I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider. 
McCain's chameleon(ism) is no surprise. So these people have no respect for modern technology that include electronic archives? How can we experience any level of concern for issues from McCain after even brief consideration of his thought processes and his decision-making?  I offer this......




Palin would have served one accident or illness from the Presidency!


Just a bit more on McCain as decision-maker and leader.  A man who would have sat in the White House a few feet away from Sarah Palin!

Mother Jones image. Article linked here.



And, frankly, McCain is simply a loud anti-Obama symptom of a bigger GOP problem. The GOP loves war, but cares far less about issues after the firing stops. 

While a digression, I cannot close without a tribute to the 2012 Mitt Romney Campaign.

1 comment :

  1. McCain has done such about-faces so many times, it's as if he enjoys doing it - for some bizarre reason.

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