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McCain Slams GOP Hopefuls: Has the Republican Party Become Too Isolationist?

Politics 2011/06/19 20:53:42
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John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee, said he was alarmed to hear various candidates at last week's GOP debate express opposition to US military involvement in the NATO assault on Libya.

"There's always been an isolation strain in the Republican party, that Pat Buchanan (a former Republican presidential contender) wing of our party. But now it seems to have moved more center stage, so to speak," he said.

There is no question that President Barack Obama, a Democrat, made the right choice in lending US military support to the NATO mission in Libya, McCain told ABC television's "This Week" program.

"If we had not intervened, Kadhafi was at the gates of Benghazi. He said he was going to go house to house to kill everybody. That's a city of 700,000 people. What would be saying now if we had allowed for that to happen?

"That's not the Republican party of the 20th century and now the 21st century," McCain said.


Tea party candidate Michele Bachmann and Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney were among those voicing opposition on Libya in the New Hampshire debate.

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  • Hawkeye 2011/06/19 22:08:34
    No
    Hawkeye
    +16
    EVERYBODY has respect for McCain's service to America 40 years ago but he has left a LOT to be desired as a Republican.. THIS is the guy the Media dubbed "Maverick" because he ALWAYS took a stand against everything the Republicans wanted to do and ALWAYS seems to support Democrats.... THIS is NOT the guy who "Crossed the asile",, he's the guy that bought a home there.. THIS is the guy that mysteriously became the 2008 Republican nominee after earning a distant fourth place standing only AFTER Hillary and Bill said something GOOD about him..

    He is a PROGRESSIVE Republican who has LONG experience in NOT being what he claims to be..

    If you WANT to know the REAL John McCain,, Listen to his daughter,, Meghan,, ANOTHER progressive Republican.. HE taught her ALL she knows but he didn't teach her all HE knows and so you'll get more honesty out of her..

    Whether you agree with the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan or NOT you'll certainly have to admit the the side that was MOST critical of those two wars has done essentially the SAME thing in Libya with others lined up behind Libya but without even the attempt to do it LEGALLY..

    Do we REALLY want our troops hop-scotching all over the African Continenet??

    And remember something.. America doesn't go IN and then leaves when the job is...



    EVERYBODY has respect for McCain's service to America 40 years ago but he has left a LOT to be desired as a Republican.. THIS is the guy the Media dubbed "Maverick" because he ALWAYS took a stand against everything the Republicans wanted to do and ALWAYS seems to support Democrats.... THIS is NOT the guy who "Crossed the asile",, he's the guy that bought a home there.. THIS is the guy that mysteriously became the 2008 Republican nominee after earning a distant fourth place standing only AFTER Hillary and Bill said something GOOD about him..

    He is a PROGRESSIVE Republican who has LONG experience in NOT being what he claims to be..

    If you WANT to know the REAL John McCain,, Listen to his daughter,, Meghan,, ANOTHER progressive Republican.. HE taught her ALL she knows but he didn't teach her all HE knows and so you'll get more honesty out of her..

    Whether you agree with the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan or NOT you'll certainly have to admit the the side that was MOST critical of those two wars has done essentially the SAME thing in Libya with others lined up behind Libya but without even the attempt to do it LEGALLY..

    Do we REALLY want our troops hop-scotching all over the African Continenet??

    And remember something.. America doesn't go IN and then leaves when the job is done.. We'll be taking on the financial responsibility for ALL of Africa before it's all over.. It'll end up being a GLOBAL Redistribution of wealth only ever envisioned in the mind of a dedicated Global Socialist..

    If we cannot afford to be the Police for everybody around the world,, we SURE as HELL can't afford to become their Sugar Daddy either... LOOK at the economic entitlement mess we're in already,, imagine the impact of adding the continent of Africa to our economic woes..

    And remember.. McCain was ALL FOR giving Amnesty,, Social Security and all other entitlements to Illegal Invaders both working and living in the United States ILLEGALLY..
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  • debrarae POTL _ PWCM 2011/06/21 03:47:41
    No
    debrarae POTL _ PWCM
    MCCAIN is DELUSIONAL. HE lost because the GOP 'tried the RINO' strategy, and it FAILED at the ballet box.

    Yet here we have good canidates who 'are' true conservatives (certainly more so than McLame and Romney).

    http://2012.republican-candid...
  • Mr. T 2011/06/20 21:27:37 (edited)
    Yes
    Mr. T
    +1
    Does anyone else find it hilarious that people are justifying a "no" answer by claiming that McCain is not a "true" republican.

    Isolationist indeed.

    Seriously though, bust out the "litmus test," anyone who fails can just join the Democrats. Well have no problem taking you in.
  • Freedom4 Mr. T 2011/06/22 12:33:59
    Freedom4
    I could have sworn the demcorats attacked Bush for Iraq and Afghanistan on more than a couple of accasions and he even had the demcorats vote to send the troops to war prior to going in.
  • dwdraw2 2011/06/20 21:27:14
    No
    dwdraw2
    McCain is a "war-mongering globalist." He, just like the Democrats, love spending every last dime that our country has, on war. When will our country ever not be involved in a war?
  • Rudy 2011/06/20 21:17:57
    No
    Rudy
    It appears McCain would have been as bad as Obama is.
  • jajanet 2011/06/20 21:17:20
    Yes
    jajanet
    THEY HAVE LOST THEIR PASSION FOR FREEDOM


  • Texas Johnny 2011/06/20 20:47:59
    No
    Texas Johnny
    I am sorry to say that Senator McCain might be losing his mind!! Time to go ,sir!!
    senator mccain losing mind sir goofy john Mccain
  • God bless American freedom 2011/06/20 20:13:49 (edited)
    No
    God bless American freedom
    actually I do not consider McCain a republican ..... I admire his military service to the USA but that is as far as it goes...........

    NOR do I consider the republican party conservative enough at al since they allow McCain ( remember he LIKES Obama, people ) to "run" them into the ground.

    It will not hurt America to enter into a small period of isolationism so it can rebalance its budget raiding greedy goverrnment bureaucrats and remove a huge amount of them.... as well as to rebuild our scholastic system to former lofty ideals rather than LOWERING every standard to the point where we appear as morons to other nations because of the presidents we are busy electing .. along with the stupidity of this nation for being so politically correct we are allowing a theocracy ( similar to the one we had to throw off 1776 ) called islam to overrun us .........

    .................
  • BiGfAtSoNoFaB*TcH 2011/06/20 19:55:33
    Yes
    BiGfAtSoNoFaB*TcH
    +3
    The republican party has become nothing but a bunch of unhinged disconnected wingnuts and their Presidential Hopeless' are simply pandering to the least common denominator. It's funny how conservatives eat their own for doing something that a republican rarely does... TELLING THE TRUTH! (i.e. Newt Gingrich right-wing social engineering comment")
  • Blip 2011/06/20 19:45:35 (edited)
    Yes
    Blip
    +2
    Gotta love Republicans. The only war they oppose from the past 10 years happens to be the only one worth fighting.
  • What Would Jesus Do 2011/06/20 19:37:55
    No
    What Would Jesus Do
    After reading PO's relpy to congress in his letter, his stance on Natl Un and Treaty supercedes American Sovereignty and Constitution I vote No.
  • Rick 2011/06/20 19:29:45
    No
    Rick
    Not at all.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • Mr. T Rick 2011/06/20 21:23:46
    Mr. T
    +1
    You have an incredibly skewed view of history if you believe that Abraham's Republican party is the same as the current Republican party.

    Research the term "political realignment." Democrats in the late 1800s refused to support the abolition of segregation and the equalization of rights between african americans and Caucasians. Democrats of the 1950s and later were the party attempting to introduce and strengthen the several civil rights acts. The trend for Republicans went the opposite direction. For example, president Reagan antempted to veto a bill that wouldbhave expanded the civil rights act to private industries,
  • Rick Mr. T 2011/06/20 21:28:33
  • Ishmael 2011/06/20 19:20:42
    No
    Ishmael
    +1
    I wish they truly WERE Isolationist AND Fiscally Responsible. I might actually have a reason to VOTE for them then. If they were truly isolationist, they would withdraw our troops from EVERYWHERE, close those bases we have in over 100 countries and bring them home to inspect the entire contents of EVERY cargo container entering the country at EVERY seaport and airport while they charged the shipping companies for the costs as an enhanced Homeland Security measure. If they were TRULY fiscally responsible, they would cut the DOD to a level able to defend US territory ONLY. Think of the impact of THAT on the deficit. They would also return to the nation's ORIGINAL foreign policy of STRICT NEUTRALITY and avoidance of entangling foreign alliances as Washington himself warned against in HIS farewell address.
  • What Wo... Ishmael 2011/06/20 19:40:46
    What Would Jesus Do
    Pls always make an informed vote. Voting is our voice and if we don't vote we don't count. Many Veteran's gave their lives so we could vote and not voting an uninformed votes are stealing our country.
  • jajanet What Wo... 2011/06/20 21:30:15
    jajanet
    This is my vote


  • scbluesman13 2011/06/20 19:09:27
    No
    scbluesman13
    +1
    The GOP hasn't become isolationist, but they are fracturing. The political gap that exists between the moderates and the hard right is more prevalent today than in recent decades that I can remember. You could fault the corporate sponsored Tea Party for this, or the hard line evangelical 'sermons' from various right wing radio and tv pundits, or a variety of other factors. It was pretty obvious in the 2008 election and again in the 2010 midterms that the GOP was trying to do everything in its power to push moderate republicans out the back door, and turn their base to a more fundamentally hard-line conservative view.

    I can see how that wouldn't sit well with McCain, as he's traditionally been a moderate republican (like olympia snowe, lindsey graham, etc) and doesn't see success in the 2012 elections for the GOP unless they can pull their political message back to the center-right.
  • jajanet scblues... 2011/06/20 21:18:56
  • scblues... jajanet 2011/06/20 21:48:24
    scbluesman13
    What does this have to do with anything I just said in my previous comment? This is an iraq veteran making a lofty and empassioned speech about dismantling tyranny at a Ron Paul rally...
  • jajanet scblues... 2011/06/20 21:54:57
    jajanet
    IF you can not see the tyranny you ARE BLIND...I tried to give you time to take the blinders off your eyse but it seems you are WILLFULLY INGNORANT ENJOY THAT BLUE PILL
  • mae 2011/06/20 19:02:58
    Yes
    mae
    +1
    I agree with McCain--my Granny used to call this way of thinking " cutting off your nose to spite your face."
  • mihunter 2011/06/20 18:42:29
  • Andrew 2011/06/20 18:34:55
    No
    Andrew
    If we should have intervened in Lybia, why not Syria? Why didn't we intervene in Rowanda? The reason we are in Lybia and not Syria seem vague to me. One thing for sure, if we were more energy indepemdent, our reasons for intervention would be minimal. Perhaps, it's time to work that angle instead of involving ourselves in conflicts beyond our control. We could be more selective if we weren't so dependent!
  • Mr. T Andrew 2011/06/20 21:35:26
    Mr. T
    +1
    What was the reason for invading iraq? WMDs? None found. Connection to 9/11? Never existed.

    Is it time to claim that Bush was not a "true" republican?
  • Andrew Mr. T 2011/06/20 21:47:29
    Andrew
    Why do you think all the Democrats authorized Bush to attack Iraq. Are they just naïve and stupid and were taken advantage of by a smarter Bush? Or, did we all believe that Iraq had WMD's and acted on the intelligence honestly. Is it possible that while we vacillated about what to do that Iraq did move them to Syria?!
  • Mr. T Andrew 2011/06/21 00:03:01
    Mr. T
    I believe the Democrats voted with Bush because we were still in a time of super high loyalty (Bush's approval rating was still extremely high) and it would be deemed political suicide to not vote in favor of the war.

    Furthermore, if it were solely WMDs, then why not invade a country with known WMDs (North Korea) instead of hypotheticals.
  • Andrew Mr. T 2011/06/21 00:24:56 (edited)
    Andrew
    Before 9/11, Democrats were sabre rattling regarding Iraq and WMD's! So it wasn't high approval ratings and patriotism then. It was intelligence and honesty about a real danger. The answer to your last question is oil. We should be paying attention to NK, just because a nut is running it and one of our strong allies is threatened, but we're not! Unfortunately, under Obama, which of our allies have we been loyal or courteous too! He dissed the queen of England, stabbed Poland in the back, scolded Netanyahu (that one bit him but good) and has ignored the plight of South Korea under the shadow of threats from NK!
  • Markie 2011/06/20 18:21:46
    Yes
    Markie
    Just add it to the list that Republicans are off base on. War, spending, health care, immigration, military..............you name it and the Republicans/Conservatives are wrong about it.
  • Boss 2011/06/20 17:49:55
    Yes
    Boss
    +1
    actually I feel the republican party is too full of bulls--t!!
  • J39203 2011/06/20 17:33:19
    Yes
    J39203
    Yes, but probably has nothing to do with McCain slamming hopefuls
  • us 2011/06/20 17:28:01
    No
    us
    +2
    Republican party needs to believe in America, basic, drill for oil, burn clean coal,
    and green energy, we need to start farming more.

    We need stop dictacting to other country what they should do, Obama attacking Libya,
    why? Libya did not attack us.

    Republican need to stand with Isreal.
  • jajanet us 2011/06/20 21:29:00
    jajanet
    WELL SOMEBODY NEEDS TO STAND UP FOR AMERICA


  • mind-pilot 2011/06/20 17:07:28
    No
    mind-pilot
    We're not too "Isolationist", we're more regressive than we are isolationist. We should be more isolationist. We should tax imports the way our exports are taxed. We should remove the "born in America citizenship" rule. And stop Egyptians, Iranians, Mexicans from declaring a citizenship child and make them leave. Libya? I thought NATO handled that two weeks ago. For God's sake can we just win a war and be gone? Oh....McCain is a government mooch. He never worked a day in his life when he wasn't taking tax money for his pay. Married into the Mafia. Snitched on our guys in Viet Nam (while he smoked cigarettes with Ho Chi Minn). Let's isolate him from the party along with most of the Bozo's and Bozettes we have trying to run for president with NO PLAN on what they're going to do.
  • Katfish 2011/06/20 17:07:18
    No
    Katfish
    Someone cares what military industrial complex lobbyists pay McCain to say?
  • Jackie O 2011/06/20 16:50:20
    No
    Jackie O
    They are merely continuing their policy of saying "No" to the President.
  • jajanet Jackie O 2011/06/20 21:27:47
    jajanet
    Is this a strong enough NO FOR YOU


  • Jackie O jajanet 2011/06/21 02:27:32
    Jackie O
    Wouldn't even hit play. Sorry!
  • DDogbreath 2011/06/20 16:46:26
    No
    DDogbreath
    +1
    McCain is an out of touch doddering old fool that supports the military industrial complex.
  • jajanet DDogbreath 2011/06/20 21:20:27
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