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article imageOp-Ed: McCain, Graham assert Iraqi militants 'direct threat' to U.S.

By John Presta     Aug 10, 2014 in Politics
Washington, D. C. - Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are one when it comes to President Barack Obama's foreign policy. It seems McCain owes Graham a Coke for saying the exact same thing at the exact same time, but on a different Sunday news talk show.
McCain and Graham are strong advocates for a war mongering foreign policy and to hear this dynamic duo tell it, the United States is in "direct danger" of a "direct attack" by the ISIS fighters in Iraq, some 6500 miles away from American soil. The tall tale being sold by the hit Republican comedy team of McCain and Graham, just shows the depths they have fallen.
McCain appeared on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley and made the ridiculous assertion that "These people that are coming to fight on the side of ISIS are returning to their countries in Europe and there’s 100 of them that we are tracking in the United States."
In a vague reference to some unknown terrorist, McCain claimed that "One was in Syria, came back to the United States, and then went back to Syria and blew himself up."
Adding salt to the wound and lamely trying to strengthen his argument, McCain added, "Mr. Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, when he left our Camp Bucca, the camp in Iraq, he said 'see you in New York.' … Their goal, as they have stated openly time after time, is the destruction of the United States.”
On another venue and talk show, “Fox News Sunday”, Graham said, “They’re coming here. This is not just about Baghdad, not just about Syria. It’s about our homeland. If we get attacked because [Obama] has no strategy to protect us, then he will have committed a blunder for the ages.”
So continues the narrative from McCain and his loyal friend Graham, trying to sell the proposition that the United States is in "direct" danger if we fail to intervene in the Iraqi crisis.
McCain dismissed Obama’s handling of the Iraqi crisis, saying that the limited airstrikes in Iraq since Friday don’t go far enough. “It’s clearly very, very ineffective, to say the least,” McCain said. “That’s not a strategy, that’s not a policy. That is simply a very narrow and focused approach to a problem that is metastasizing as we speak.”
McCain said while we are at it, if he (and of course Graham) were in charge, the United States would also target Syria, provide training to Kurdish forces, and send equipment to Irbil, the regional capital of the Iraqi region of Kurdistan. “This is an Iraqi problem, but it’s a United States problem,” McCain said. McCain added there is a “vacuum of American leadership in Iraq.”
As a reminder, this is the same McCain, and by extension Graham, that has criticized Obama's foreign policy. McCain has advocated attacks on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Kosovo, Russia, Nigeria, Bosnia, North Korea, Iran, Georgia, Sudan, Iraq (again), Mali and Iraq (once again). Quite a laundry list of countries in need of being attacked. Or in McCain's case, it is a wish list.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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