Is McCain Hijacking Trump’s Foreign Policy?

By Pat Buchanan

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Is McCain Hijacking Trump's Foreign Policy?
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Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- “The senator from Kentucky,” said John McCain, speaking of his colleague Rand Paul, “is working for Vladimir Putin … and I do not say that lightly.”

What did Sen. Paul do to deserve being called a hireling of Vladimir Putin?

He declined to support McCain's call for a unanimous Senate vote to bring Montenegro into NATO as the 29th member of a Cold War alliance President Trump has called “obsolete.”

Bordered by Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, tiny Montenegro has a population roughly that of D.C., and sits on the western coast of the most volatile peninsula in Europe.

What strategic benefit would accrue from having Montenegro as an ally that would justify the risk of our having to go to war should some neighbor breach Montenegro's borders?

Historically, the Balkans have been an incubator of war. In the 19th century, Otto van Bismarck predicted that when the Great War came, it would come out of “some damn fool thing in the Balkans.” And so it did when the Austrian archduke was assassinated in Sarajevo June 28, 1914 by Serbian ethnonationalist Gavrilo Princip.

Aflame with ethnic, civil and sectarian war in the 1990s, the western Balkans are again in political turmoil. Milo Djukanovic, the longtime Montenegrin prime minister who resigned on election day in October, claims that he was targeted for assassination by Russia to prevent Montenegro's accession to NATO.

Russia denies it. But on the Senate floor, McCain raged at Rand Paul: “You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin … trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject of an attempted coup.”

But if Montenegro, awash in corruption and crime, is on the verge of an uprising or coup, why would the U.S. issue a war guarantee that could vault us into a confrontation with Russia — without a full Senate debate?

The vote that needs explaining here is not Rand Paul's.

It is the votes of those senators who are handing out U.S.-NATO war guarantees to countries most Americans could not find on a map.

Is no one besides Sen. Paul asking the relevant questions here?

What vital U.S. interest is imperiled in who comes to power in Podgorica, Montenegro? Why cannot Europe handle this problem in its own back yard?

Has President Trump given McCain, who wanted President Bush to intervene in a Russia-Georgia war — over South Ossetia! — carte blanche to hand out war guarantees to unstable Balkan states?

Did Trump approve the expansion of NATO into all the successor states born of the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia?

Or is McCain hijacking U.S. foreign policy on NATO and Russia?

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President Trump should tell the Senate: No more admissions to NATO, no more U.S. war guarantees, unless I have recommended or approved them. Foreign policy is made in the White House, not on the Senate floor.

Indeed, what happened to the foreign policy America voted for — rapprochement with Russia, an end to U.S. wars in the Middle East, and having rich allies share more of the cost of their own defense?

It is U.S., not NATO defense spending that is rising to more than $50 billion this year. And today we learn the Pentagon has drawn up plans for the insertion of 1,000 more U.S. troops into Syria. While the ISIS caliphate seems doomed, this six-year Syrian war is far from over.

An al-Qaida subsidiary, the Nusra Front, has become the most formidable rebel fighting group. Syria's army, with the backing of Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and Shiite militias from across the Middle East, has carved out most of the territory it needs.

The Turkish army is now in Syria, beside its rebel allies. Their main enemy: Syria's Kurds, who are America's allies.

From our longest war, Afghanistan, comes word from U.S. Gen. John Nicholson that we and our Afghan allies are in a “stalemate” with the Taliban, and he will need a “few thousand” more U.S. troops — to augment the 8,500 President Obama left behind when he left office.

Some 5,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq, helping to liberate Mosul from ISIS. In Kabul, Baghdad and Damascus, terrorist bombings are a weekly, if not a daily, occurrence.

Then there is the U.S. troop buildup in Poland and the Baltic, the U.S. deployment of a missile defense to South Korea after multiple missile tests in the North, and Russia and China talking of upgrading their nuclear arsenals to counter U.S. missile defenses in Poland, Romania and South Korea.

In and around the waters of the Persian Gulf, United States warships are harassed by Iranian patrol boats, as Tehran test-fires anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to send the Americans a message: Attack us and it will not be a cakewalk war.

With the death of Communism, the end of the Cold War, and the collapse of the Bushite New World Order, America needs a new grand strategy, built upon the solid foundation of America First.

 

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

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Dave. You are so very right. Could not agree more.
As for McCain being reelected by the people of AZ it’s because no creditable Rebublican has run against him. So, it’s either vote for McCain or his Democrat rival.

durabo
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durabo

The results of the vote would be identical, whether from a Dhimmicrat or RINO McCain. Both are disgraceful Socialists.

Dave
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Dave

John McCain, Sir – Thank you for your service. Now please retire before you destroy the ability of this administration to FINALLY get some stuff done, including the VA. It’s not about your camera time, it’s about America!
You are no longer part of the solution, you are part of the problem!

Hbilly
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Hbilly

McCain broke his oath long ago, he is a globalist . He is a traitor to this nation I don’t know why this is so difficult for people to see

American Patriot
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American Patriot

It’s getting to hard to tell the difference between McCain & Pelosi! I think maybe they should make it a team effort to resign and split a room at the retirement home.

L.L. Smith
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L.L. Smith

Judas was one of the original 12 apostles. He later betrayed Christ.

durabo
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durabo

Judas had the good sense to hang himself after the betrayal…but McCain hangs on, and on, and on…

Lee
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Lee

Yes McCain is a war hero but why is he acting like a Democrat? Time for him to retire.

hoss green
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hoss green

Google McClain “songbird” and then tell me again that he’s a war hero! He turned on his fellow POWs, and made a recording for his captors. He actually got legislation past to cover up his collusion.

JDC
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JDC

I did. Read the last sentence: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/jan/17/vietnam-veterans-against-john-mccain/no-evidence-mccain-was-a-traitor/ I also knew USAF COL Bud Day briefly, along with 6 other Navy pilots who were POW’s. Most were CO’s when I went through the training command, and I was able to talk to them again over the years while I rose through the ranks. Col Day and I last talked before Ronald Reagan’s funeral at a gathering of MOA awardees. We talked about his friendship with McCain, and he praised the man for all the extra stuff he went through by the enemy with his dad commanding all Navy forces in the… Read more »

Colonialgirl
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Colonialgirl

Politifact is a far left winger organization and about as believable and trust worthy as SNOPES. I wouldn’t trust either of them to scoop doggy poop.

JDC
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JDC

I agree that it is a left leaning organization. How far left? Well, they did criticize Obama several times, esp on the “If you like your doctor” lie…made their “lie of the year in 2013. Not a lot of news organizations ever did criticize Obama. Trying to understand the thought process here. McCain is right leaning, probably more of what used to be a centerist. I don’t think he’s a leftist, do you? So, why would a left leaning (or far left leaning) organization as you say) support someone to the right of them? Just trying to make him look… Read more »

Hoss Green
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Hoss Green

You sound like your in love with him . Tell me do you have his picture on your bedside table?
Do you have one of those projector things that projects his photo on the ceiling so the last thing you see is his face before you go to sleep?
Do you kiss his picture before sleeping, and upon waking?
You say you have done all these things in reference to military duty, but offer no proof. To drop names that are public info. is all well and good especially when you can remain anonymous.

James D. Coulson "JDC" Captain, US Navy (retired)
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James D. Coulson "JDC" Captain, US Navy (retired)

No, no, and no. Hope that answers your questions. I am sorry that anything I said offended you, but to the best of my knowledge, nothing I said was a distortion, or untrue. Also, if you read my comments, you will also see that I threw no rocks at anyone I addressed, but treated them with respect. Did you? It is easy for guys to throw rocks at someone anonymously over the Internet as some here have done based on what they “heard.” Like the gents who had all sorts of things they “knew” about his grandfather…even though the gent… Read more »

Seemann
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Seemann

McCain should be censored then sent out to kiss ass with the liberals. He is just as bad as Obama and that makes him a turncoat. In so far as him being a hero, not what I think is a hero. A hero isn’t a prisoner of war but a combatant that fought to the very end and refused to be taken prisoner. The hero lived to fight and save those he could,and not give up because it’s easier than the alternative. For every good point McCain has ever had he has blown it with ignorance of what the people… Read more »

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durabo

I served as a Naval Flight Officer from 1960 to 1967, overlapping part of McRino’s career. Even before commissioning, while in Pre-Flight, my classmates and I were ordered to memorize the Code of the US Fighting Man.

1. I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
and following articles. Look it up.

JDC
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JDC

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE U. S. FIGHTING MAN 1. I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. 2. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist. 3. If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special… Read more »

Mick
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Mick

Agree with all here !

Raymond Miller
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Raymond Miller

I think Trump should nominate McCain for janitor at Abu grab. He could empty the buckets of his Muslim friends, and keep them informed about US plans for dealing with ISIS (Ignorant Stupid Islamic Idiots). Just like he did at the Hanoi Hilton.

Raymond Miller
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Raymond Miller

I meant (Ignorant Stupid Islamic Scum)

Mark Zanghetti
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Mark Zanghetti

I finally learned what ISIS actually stands for! 🙂 Thanks!

Jack
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Jack

McCain is a Wiesel who damn near blew up the aircraft carrier Forestall and caused the death of over 140 sailors and injured countless others. The coverup was well done by his famed Navy admiral grand dad and his father also an admiral influencing the tradition loaded Navy not to courts martial him. He is one soft talking incredibly nasty media monger with an incandescent temper who hates Trump and will do whatever he can to kill him off!

durabo
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durabo

This Naval Aviation “prince” should have been grounded after two training aircraft crashes and sent to serve the rest of his service commitment aboard a tin can in the Pacific, but his father was a captain and his grandfather an admiral in charge of the Naval Aviation Training Command.

JDC
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JDC

Honestly, where does this stuff start?
Once again, his grandfather was D-E-A-D….DEAD. Died 4 days after getting home from WWII. His father may have been influential in keeping him in during his first crash which WAS when he was a student, I don’t know. Second crash was when he was a flight instructor and the engine quit. Not much he could do about that.
http://www.factcheck.org/2008/09/mccains-plane-crashes/

If you are going to disagree, please give me your sources.

Tenebris Vi
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Tenebris Vi

“Wiesel” ???

JDC
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JDC

Ah, not to spoil your day, but John McCain III’s grandfather Admiral John “Slew” McCain Sr. died four days after returning from WWII. Unless he reached beyond the grave, he wasn’t involved. His father John “Jack” McCain Jr. was CINCPAC during his imprisonment but was in London as CINCNAV Europe when the FID accident happened and the FID was in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam. Now as to your coverup theory, could you please explain how McCain blew up the FID? (That is First in Defense, Forrestal’s motto, BTW…her Sailors called her that). From there, please explain how his… Read more »

Janek
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Janek

And who is John McCain working for? Certainly not his constituents!

Jim S
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Jim S

Who is reelecting the man?

durabo
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durabo

Jim, to answer your question: he gets reelected by Arizona’s retired geezers (I am one, but I hate the bastard!) who live in places like Sun City and Green Valley and vaguely remember his imprisonment at the Hanoi Hilton, but not the disgraceful betrayal of his fellow POWs. Juan McRino has parlayed his misfortune into a campaign advertisement.

Ray
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Ray

McCain is an embarrassment to Arizona and a majority of Americans. He is the poster child for term limits in D.C.
I standby to work tirelessly on his recall. We need to end his career in the abject failure and scorn it deserves.

durabo
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durabo

I wish Arizonans could get their heads out of the dark place and recall this traitorous piece of ordure. He was nicknamed “Songbird” by his fellow POWs at Hanoi Hilton, and rendered a detailed Hanoi Jane-like declaration fulminating the USA and the Navy. “Juan McRino” belongs on a multiple scaffold, alongside John Kerry, Jane Fonda and Buttcrack Hussein O’Bunghole.

Jim S
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Jim S

I too am perplexed why Arizona keeps him in office. I know there are a few great conservatives that would do far better for the free state of Arizona

Charlie Redfeather
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Charlie Redfeather

durabo, you don’t know the half of his treason. for over six years he subverted the Military of the U.S. He sang his guts out just to get good clean and pressed cloths, medications and care, better food than all the other POW’s, just he would look and be cute for all the volunteer movies he and his Nam friends made to demean America. Why he wasn’t put immediately upon setting foot on U.S. soil still mystifies thousands of GI’s who knew what he did in Nam!! But my God what is a bigger mystery is what in Hell is… Read more »