Senator McCain gives the impression of a man who is very impressed with himself. Perhaps too impressed. While he is a member of the Republican Party, his loyalty to conservative ideals is very much in question.
He is certainly not a supporter of President Trump. Whether that is ideologically based, or whether McCain is just jealous that Trump won the presidency and he lost his race, it’s clear that the president cannot rely on that senator for support. And now we have further proof to verify this fact.
In a colossal waste of taxpayer money, Mr. McCain just took a trip. “The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made a secret visit to a Kurdish-dominated region of Syria last weekend. McCain, who in recent days has stepped up his criticism of President Donald Trump and the administration’s foreign policy, is believed to be the first U.S. lawmaker to have visited the Kurdish-controlled north Syria since American special operations units joined the fight against ISIS.”
It’s bad enough for McCain to take pot shots at the president while in the US, but to do so while overseas is completely inappropriate and seals his ownership of the “jackass” moniker if not a more offensive description. He has promoted the unproven theory that Russia influenced the recent presidential election, and is incessant in his bellicose remarks directed at Russia and Mr. Putin. Perhaps this is a man who has not yet found a war that he can’t love. His most recent comments are grossly inappropriate, more those of an egomaniac than of a serious national statesman.
Mr. McCain relishes being in the media spotlight. In that sense, he shares something in common with Mr. Obama who also gave every impression of loving the attention. He also fancies himself as something of a maverick – a guy who “is his own man,” and tough enough to not bend to pressure from anyone. In overplaying his hand at this, he becomes somewhat less of a maverick and more of a jackass who doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut.
Recall that these are the remarks of someone who claims to be a leader in the Republican Party: “On Sunday, the Arizona senator, who earned re-election and confirmed his Senate seat for the next six years, lambasted Trump for his feud with the media, comparing the president to a ‘dictator.'” What is more tragic, that he is inferring that President Trump has dictator-like inclinations, or that McCain will infest the Senate for another six years?
Considering himself the consummate authority on all things military, “[O]n NBC’s Meet the Press, McCain called Trump’s travel ban a ‘self-inflicted wound in the fight against terror’ and repeated his statement that the first military operation Trump oversaw — a raid in Yemen in which a U.S. Navy SEAL died — was far from a success.”
Here’s the main offense for which he should be called out: “McCain also spoke Friday to global leaders at the Munich Security Conference, making clear his opposition to many of Trump’s policies, foreign and domestic.” Imagine the protests from Republicans if this were a Democrat humiliating the president on foreign soil. Then again, perhaps Mr. McCain really is a Democrat who somehow to a wrong turn and wound up the the wrong party.
A McCain spokesman explained the senator’s trip: “‘Senator McCain traveled to northern Syria this week to visit U.S. forces deployed there and to discuss the counter-ISIL campaign and ongoing operations to retake Raqqa,’ the spokeswoman said, using the acronym preferred under the Obama administration for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.” That acronym is probably not the only thing Mr. McCain preferred about the Obama administration.
Continuing the report, “The trip to Syria was not McCain’s first such endeavor, as he also made a surprise trip to meet with rebel forces seeking to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2013.”
That’s enough. No one should expect any Congressman or Senator to just be a rubber-stamp for whatever the president wants. Nor should one automatically oppose every initiative just because the president is of another party.
Yet McCain gives the evidence of having a childish desire to upstage the president as though he wants to demonstrate to whomever might actually care that he would have been a better president than Donald Trump. Fortunately, we did not have to see that proven false and never will.
Source: Western Journalism