Senator McCain Urges Congress to Protect Obama’s Threat Credibility

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


John McCain, Barack Obama

Senator McCain has had a busy day making a variety of confused statements

1. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is “euphoric” about President Obama’s surprise announcement Saturday that he will seek congressional authorization for a limited strike in the war-torn country, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

2. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., criticized President Barack Obama’s plans for limited air strikes on Syria as “cosmetic” Friday, saying the failure of the United States to intervene in the country’s civil war was “shameful.”

3. “We’re in a bit of a dilemma here, because I think Senator Lindsey Graham and I and others will be wanting a strategy, a plan, rather than just, ‘We’re going to launch some cruise missiles and that’s it.’”

4. “The consequences of the Congress of the United States overriding a decision of the President of the United States of this magnitude are really very, very serious,” he said. “And already we’re sending a bad signal to Iran, to North Korea, to Bashar al-Assad. But if we overrode the president’s decision, and did nothing?”

McCain does have a point on the last one. This whole thing is sending a terrible message, but starting a war that will aid our enemies to avoid looking stupid because Obama shot his mouth off sounds even worse.

Senator McCain wants regime change strikes. He ridicules Obama for going to Congress for approval and then proposes an even more radical version of Obama’s war plan.

“When Mr. Obama said the use of chemical weapons in Syria would mark a “red line” that Assad wouldn’t be allowed to cross with impunity, McCain said, “he didn’t say, ‘It’s a red line – and by the way I’m going to have to seek the approval of Congress.’ He said it was a red line, and that the United States of America would act. And that’s a big difference, and that’s one of the reasons why this is so problematic.”

But does Senator McCain really believe that the United States should be obligated to break its own laws because its current elected leader says something stupid?

How many people have to die for the sake of a credibility that frankly doesn’t exist?

  • defcon 4

    Sounds like McCain is more in favor of a dictatorship than a democracy, which isn’t surprising considering his close working relationship w/islam0nazis everywhere.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      This guy is deranged. He needs a new party to lead, the party of deranged RINOs. I assume most RINOs are just political prostitutes. This guy is truly nuts.

  • Saundra Renee Saileau

    Put this man in a mental hospital or nursing home.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Seriously.

    • BS77

      It’s bedtime for Bonzo

    • Christopher Riddle

      Or better yet,put him in charge of one!

  • puca58

    John McCain has become totally irrelevant. He needs to just go away before he really embarrasses himself.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      …again…

    • gawxxx

      way past that at this point ! , ech puca !

  • NAHALKIDES

    The only upside to McCain’s erratic thinking is that he and his shadow Lindsey Graham may not support Obama’s war resolution as written – for the wrong reasons, to be sure, but anything that helps defeat the resolution is good.

    Some questions I’d like to see Greta Van Susteren or other journalists ask McCain:

    1. Is the U.S. now going to intervene in every bloody dictatorship on Earth where the government is killing innocent people? That would be the “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine. Are you embracing that doctrine, and if so, what justifies spilling our blood where our national security is clearly not at stake?

    2. Why is using chemical weapons against people worse than shooting them (almost any country in the Middle East) or starving them to death (North Korea)? Shouldn’t we go to war in those places, too?

    3. You’re clearly in favor of regime change in Syria. Since Assad’s overthrow will almost certainly result in an Islamist government, won’t that be worse from the standpoint of American interests?

    • Flicker

      America: Why not 100,00 dead Syians ago? Why now?

      O: Intelligence clearly demonstartes, as the world knows, that WMD make people more-dead that guns, rockets, clubs, and rape- and torture-deaths.

      America: So why destroy their helicopters?

      O: They have this funny sarin smell to them.

      America: So why not just destory the WMDs?

      O: Because technically, WMDs don’t kil, people do. It’s Assad who is the tyrant here.

      America: So you are taking sides.

      O: The Syria people will decide their own leadership. I have no say in it. But clearly the MB and AQ are the legitimate responsible democratically-electable representatives of the Syrian people. And we cheer their resolve and courage.

      America: But aren’t they our enemies?
      O: Not mine.

  • Frank E Bishop

    So he wants to allow the President to act like a dicktator …….This man is on the verge of dementia….and needs to step down

  • Flicker

    The Emeror’s New Battle Armor.
    O: It’s invisible to the stupid. They can’t see it. But, oh yes, I’m battle-ready!
    McC: Oh yes! I’ve seen the President’s New Battle Armor and it’s very impressive. You need to see it.
    Congress: Battle armor? We don’t see any New Battle Armor.
    McC: Shhhh!! He’s wearing it now. It’s just invisible! Now come along. Say you see it and it’s impressive. We can’t let the world think he’s naked now, can we?

  • Joe White

    mccinsane must be brought up on treason charges! At the least forced out of American politics! He has committed treason by arming and money funneling to America’s number 1 enemy in the world, al qaeda! hang him in the dead of night!!

  • Macpappy

    Sorry, McCain; I don’t feel the love for Obama that you do. I don’t think we should be helping our enemies in any way. But, I have a great idea for you on how to handle it…….Let Allah, sort them out.

  • Warren Raymond

    Kaputt. Der Mann ist Kaputt.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    4. “The consequences of the Congress of the United States overriding a decision of the President of the United States of this magnitude are really very, very serious,” he said. “And already we’re sending a bad signal to Iran, to North Korea, to Bashar al-Assad. But if we overrode the president’s decision, and did nothing?”

    Don’t send signals, send missiles…to Iran. NK will get the message. Attacking Syria is not going to convince anyone of anything other than that 0′Bama’s jihadi empowerment campaign continues.

  • MsJan

    Obama said that not taking action would be a serious threat to our national security. Has he said what that threat actually is?

  • Dale Ramsey

    So he wants more American men and women to die so obama can save face…Screw that!!!! This is what happens when you elect someone with no experience.

  • onecornpone

    This is funny in the context of the dressing down o-Hole gave Mc Loon on 2/26/2010, when he met with a number of Senators for the “Health Care Summit”.

    “Let me just make this point, John, because we’re not campaigning anymore ”

    In other words, STFU old man, I whupped you once, don’t make me come down there and kick your azz…

    Maybe now that his numbers are in the tank, they could share in a co-presidency!?!

  • Giles Blyzzard

    Giving aid to Al Qaeda, who were responsible for 9-11 is treason. McCain and Obama are twisted morons.

  • Giles Blyzzard

    Over the last several years we have had muslims killing Christians in Iraq, Egypt, Sudan and Nigeria. We have muslims kiling Buddhists in Myanmar and Thailand. We have muslims killing Hindus in India. No one has lifted a finger to stop it. Now we have muslim savages killing muslim savages and we want to intervene? How stupid can you be. Let them slaughter each other.

    • defcon 4

      Everything you just mentioned makes it clear how successfully islam0nazis have subverted, corrupted, and compromised the US federal government. It’s time for regime change.

      • gawxxx

        by hanging them all !!!!!!!!!!!!

        • defcon 4

          All I can say, who is stupid or naive enough to think our elections aren’t rigged anymore?

    • antioli

      Ask your Christian minister why he has not spoken out as you just did.

  • DogmaelJones1

    There should be a proviso in an elected representative’s “contract” with the government that when he begins to turn senile, and starts sounding like an upper class twit, he must resign his office and check into the nearest retirement home. That is what McCain ought to be pressed to do. Also, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi, and…so on.

  • profitleads

    McCain said: “The consequences of the Congress of the United States overriding a
    decision of the President of the United States of this magnitude are
    really very, very serious,” he said.

    That is a cosmically stupid statement on the part of John McCain, though hardly a surprise. I know that McCain would love for the U.S. to start another war. However (and I know neither McCain nor Sen. Graham has even read the Constitution, to which they swore an oath) the president of the U.S. has ZERO authority under the Constitution to declare a war. Under Article 1, Section 8, Congress is the ONLY governmental body that has the authority to declare war, and the president doesn’t even get to vote on the matter. The president’s war authority, under Article 2, is limited to “conducting” a war, declared by Congress, in his role as commander in chief of all U.S. military forces.

    The whole thing reeks of another false-flag operation, setup by the U.S. in cooperation with England and approved back in January of this year, as hacked emails from British officials have shown during the past weeks. It’s just an attempt at a back-door move in order to start a military adventure in Iran.

  • capshaw66

    McCain is nothing more then a God Damn Turncoat Idiot!

  • Banphotoradar

    Graham, McCain, and Obama brought us NDAA 2012. These guys are tyrants.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/205127726260803/?ref=br_tf

  • Larry Larkin

    It would be incredibly difficult to protect obama’s credibility as he has none, never has had, never will.

    What part of that doesn’t McCain understand. He only won the 2008 election because McCain himself was such an abysmal candidate.

  • Scott

    Do you think Iran will take any American threats about its nuclear program even half serious ?

  • gawxxx

    mr mc senile should be put out to pasture along with the rest of the ding dongs in washington d.c.

  • rangerrebew

    Protecting Obama’s “threat credibility” is a reason to send Americans to their deaths? McLame truly has completely lost it.

  • tic…tic…BOOM

    If only McCain, Graham and the other RINO’s in congress would remove their lips from Obama’s ass, we would be much better off.

  • cedars rebellion

    The House should not even vote on Syria at this point. Obama hasn’t made a good enough international case for nations to act PLUS Obama says he has the authority to act, just like in Libya, so there’s no need for a wide debate. I.E., he’s debated hiimself. If, however, he later wants to actually go to war, then they’ll be receptive to scheduling a vote.

    Then “pivot” immediately back to the IRS, et al.

    Oh! And schedule mor Benghazi hearings to determine if the President’s actions in Libya led directly to the slaughtering of our folks there.

  • cassanovafrankenstien

    America 2013=corn-pone run=total frauds

  • gregzotta

    Barack Hussein Obama,
    the Community Agitator in Chief, now says he will seek Congressional approval
    before taking action against Syria. Obama claims actions should be taken
    because there are pictures of dead men, women and children from being gassed by
    the Assad government. The Obama Regime is NOT trustworthy, so how do we know it
    was the Assad Government? It
    could have been AlQaeda. And if
    there were no pictures of the dead would he be so adamant about attacking
    Syria? Or is it more likely that Obama wants to attack Syria to save face from
    when he acted and spoke “stupidly” by drawing the red line?

    Obama claims he could have taken action
    without Congressional approval, but it will send a stronger message to the
    World to seek and have approval. Obama states, “I don’t expect every nation to
    agree with the decision we have made.” What decision is that? Congress has not even met yet. What if
    Congress does not support striking Syria? Article one, Section eight of the US
    Constitution reads, “The
    Congress shall have Power To… declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;”…

    Obama said, “I’m ready
    to act in the face of this outrage.” What does that mean? Sounds like Obama
    does not care what Congress thinks or does he will strike Syria, anyway. We do
    not have a “King or Dictator.” Congress
    has the authority to declare war, not Obama.

    US should not intervene in Syria, because of Obama’s lack of leadership
    and his loose lips. It is a little too late to get involved in Syria. Today it
    is like two rival gangs fighting each other and one is just as bad as the
    other. Therefore, it is not to the United States benefit to get involved and
    potentially start WWIII.

  • Cathy1000

    McCain needs to go, NOW!

  • antioli

    When you have the opportunity to make Obama look as bad as he is,take it.
    People who try to mitigate the damages that Obama does to him self are covering for him.

  • Rdlake

    What did they promise McRino to be so in the tank?