“We have no credibility. We do have influence, but when you don’t use that influence, then you do not have that influence.” — John McCain in an interview on CNN
Let’s begin by saying that John McCain is not wrong when he says the US has no credibility in its Mideast dealings. He is not wrong. However, he is being incredibly hypocritical, as he has supported the vast majority of this administration’s movements in the Mideast over the last few years. In fact, on the rare occasions he has disagreed with President Obama’s decisions, they have been disagreements over “degrees” not actions. For example, agrees with aid to the Syrian rebels, but believes that we should be giving far more aid than we have offered.
His recent interview on CNN came about over questions on the administration’s Egypt policy. Here Senator McCain displays in full effect his ability to move back and forth between two very different positions.
Less than a month ago Senator McCain voted for the continued financial support of Egypt, even though the nation had just endured a military coup of a suitably elected government. (Mind you, that elected government is the complete antithesis to a free democratic society… but they were legally elected.) Just two weeks ago, McCain and many of his like-minded associates voted against Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) amendment to discontinue all aid to Egypt. In fact, 83 Senators voted to table the amendment and only 13 voted alongside Senator Paul. In a stunning reversal, McCain (and several of his Senate minions) has changed his mind in record time.
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