Friday, September 20, 2013

John McCain: A National Embarrassment

When he isn’t posing for photo-ops with radical Islamic kidnappers or eating dinner with the president as rising stars of his party stage a historic filibuster, Arizona Senator John McCain enjoys muddling international diplomacy and insulting world leaders in the process—or so it would seem.

Discontented that diplomacy has stymied US war drums over Syria, McCain penned an angry essay regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin for the online edition of the Russian newspaper Pravda. His tirade did not defend the much maligned foreign policy of the US, a subject which Putin addresses thoroughly in an open letter to the American people, which appeared in the New York Times, but instead focused his attack on the Russian head of state. McCain wrote “I believe you deserve a government that believes in you,” and declared that he was “Pro-Russia,” while the Putin regime was not.

The Arizona Senator is badly out of line by interjecting his opinion into a fragile diplomatic situation. The world community, the congress, and the American people have rejected US military intervention in Syria. Many were relieved that diplomacy had been given a chance to work. Not John McCain. Arizona’s Maverick has decided to attack the man leading the diplomatic arrangement.

McCain’s assertions that Putin rules by intimidation, is anti-Russia, and doesn’t believe in the Russian people, flies in the face of overwhelming Russian support of the Russian president. Putin’s approval rating, always considerably higher than most US politicians, has risen dramatically since the Syrian crisis took the center stage of geopolitical theater. Meanwhile, McCain’s own approval ratings are dismal and he is constantly finding himself at odds with others in his party and the American people.

What makes matters worse is the Senator’s hypocrisy. “You should be governed by a rule of law that is clear, consistently and impartially enforced and just. I make that claim because I believe the Russian people, no less than Americans, are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It is so nice of Senator McCain to praise the values of America’s founding to Russians as he works so hard to undermine those very values here at home. A Rule of Law, Mr. Senator? Why no concern when you were defending the authority of the president to detain indefinitely ,or even kill American citizens without trial?

When you evoke inalienable rights, Mr. Senator? Do you understand that our Bill of Rights was written to protect those very rights? Why do you author bills which violate the First Amendment? Why don’t you defend the Second Amendment? Why do you support NSA warrantless surveillance of Americans, in direct violation of our Fourth Amendment? We have already covered your apparent disdain for due process—so much for the Fifth and Sixth Amendments.

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