March 2, 2015 3:30 pm -

The drumbeat for (more) ground troops in the war with ISIS has resulted in some strange bedfellows, and on Monday morning, some even stranger criticism out of a leading Republican hawk. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Scarborough were explaining how President Obama is just the worst, when McCain relayed some comments that the “leader of a Middle Eastern country” made to him last week regarding the United States’ strategy against ISIS:

[su_center_ad]”He said ‘I’ve been here in the United States. I’m going back and I’m telling the other Arab countries we have to develop our own plans. We cannot depend on the United States.’ That’s pretty rough. Pretty tough.”

To be clear, McCain is saying that Middle Eastern countries taking a greater role in fighting ISIS is a bad thing. At Monday’s White House daily briefing, I read out McCain’s comments to Press Secretary Josh Earnest, and asked if McCain is right, if having the Middle East depend on the United States to fight ISIS is one of our strategic goals. Earnest responded with some boilerplate about building a broad international coalition.

When I followed up, though, he offered several examples of ground forces succeeding in the fight against ISIS…READ MORE



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

13 responses to John McCain Wants Middle East To ‘Depend’ On U.S. To Fight ISIS

  1. crc3 March 2nd, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    McCain can go fight ISIS himself since he is so eager to start yet another war. Bet he’s kissing Netanyahu’s butt real good about now…

  2. nola878 March 2nd, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I don’t understand McCain. I’ve known vets from WWI to our latest misadventures. NOT ONE IS PRO WAR. This guy fought…and was a POW. Don’t get it.

  3. StoneyCurtisll March 2nd, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    John McCain has wanted lots of things in his life..
    He wanted his first wife to go away.
    He wanted not to be on the deck of USS Enterprise, aircraft carrier when it was set ablaze..
    He wanted not to be shot down over North Vietnam..
    He wanted to be tough enough not to crack under torture from his captors…
    He wanted to be President..
    He wanted Sarah Palin as a Vice President..
    The list goes on..
    But now he wants other peoples kids to go fight a new war in the Middle East, a war which he has nothing to lose..

    Piss on John Mccain.

  4. jybarz March 2nd, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    McCain and GOP’s ultimate bosses are the military industry and the Evil Koch Brothers. You’ll be so wrong if you think it’s the USA.

  5. tracey marie March 2nd, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    GOOD, it is their countries, let them deal with it

    • rg9rts March 3rd, 2015 at 1:09 am


  6. liberalMD March 2nd, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    John McCain wants the Middle East to depend on the US to fight ISIS. But who’s going to pay the price?

    He needs to prove his sincerity by donning his battle fatigues, joining the infantry and divesting all of his worldly possessions to the “war effort”.

  7. fancypants March 2nd, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Don’t worry john some day you’ll get that oil

  8. rg9rts March 3rd, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Said it before and I’ll ay it again….HEY JOHN your boarding pass is waiting for you ….and take “Joe the buttwipe” with you.

  9. allison1050 March 3rd, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Sooo, when are the idiots of McCain’s district going to help him decide it’s past time for him to go sit on 1 of his many porches?

  10. anothertoothpick March 3rd, 2015 at 8:36 am

    The Israeli military is Leaps above it’s regional competition.

    They are ranked 11th out of 126 states for military strength.

    Why is it that Israel is the only country in the mideast not talking about ISIS?

    The Israeli Army is the “boots on the ground” that is needed to stop ISIS.

  11. Bunya March 3rd, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I’m disappointed in John McCain. He used to be moderate, teetering on the edge, but it looks like he’s fallen into the war mongering deep end.

  12. Tim Coolio March 3rd, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Bibi wants American soldiers and American
    dollars to fight a war that he can’t
    sell to his people back home, and republicans
    used him as a prop to go against Obama, if he
    agreed with Obama on more things then they
    never would have invited him to speak here!
    how about getting on your plane and go home,
    if you want, start a war with Iran but leave our
    soldiers and money out of it.