Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, where he and fellow GOP members of the committee voiced their opposition to President Barack Obama’s plan to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

At the Waters Edge

Coined in the late 40s by avowed globalist, Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, R-Michigan; the term “politics stops at the water’s edge” has come to mean politicians of both parties should refrain from criticizing their President’s foreign policy during wartime, and when speaking outside the country.

Sen. John McCain R-AZ speaking at the 53rd Munich Security Conference, showcased his opposition to President Trump. It was so evident, the CBSNews headline was “John McCain Blast Trump in Munich Speech“, and the first paragraph was equally blunt:

“Republican Sen. John McCain delivered a withering critique of President Donald Trump in a speech Friday that highlighted fractures within the GOP as the new administration struggles to overcome a chaotic start.”

Declaring the Administration to be in “disarray”, McCain also presented his neocon worldview as de facto US policy:

“The senator said he’s aware there is “profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership.” But he said that’s not the message they would hear from him or other American leaders” He went on, saying of NATO’s founders that the most alarming part for them would be a “sense that many of our peoples, including in my own country, are giving up on the West, that they see it as a bad deal that we may be better off without, and that while Western nations still have the power to maintain our world order, it’s unclear whether we have the will. I refuse to accept that our values are morally equivalent to those of our adversaries,” the Arizona Republican went on. “I am a proud, unapologetic believer in the West, and I believe we must always, always stand up for it. For if we do not, who will?”

The moderate Republican was not shy about voicing his opinions about open borders and illegal immigration:

“The senator lamented the “hardening resentment we see toward immigrants, and refugees, and minority groups, especially Muslims.’ McCain, who has openly quarreled with the president, said “more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent.”

But, he was just warming up. CNN reporting on Sen. McCain’s appearance on today’s Meet the Press:

“Sen. John McCain slammed President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media this week by noting dictators “get started by suppressing free press.”

It is historic fact John McCain was heroic throughout his Vietnam POW saga. No intellectually honest person would or could deny that as fact. However, being heroic in war doesn’t give you free reign to abandon statesmanship while overseas in Munich Germany.

It is a mistake to believe this was a result of the insults Sen. McCain and Candidate Trump hurled at each other during the Republican Presidential Primary season. Far from it. This is Sen. John McCain fighting for control of US foreign policy.

Sen. McCain is an open borders devotee, and a neocon hawk who never met a dollar that he didn’t believe belonged to the Department of Defense, all the while opposing southern border security. His own hypocrisy was on display during his 2010 senatorial re-election campaign, as the Huffington Post gleefully notes June of last year: (via HuffPo):

“During his 2010 Senate re-election campaign, John McCain (R-Ariz.) cut one of the most infamous ads of the cycle: a spot with him strolling down the border with Mexico and encouraging Sheriff Paul Babeu to “complete the danged fence.” The ad kept a potentially threatening primary challenge from J.D. Hayworth at bay, but not without cost to McCain’s reputation as a proponent of comprehensive immigration reform. The senator has since tried to repair that image by pushing reform as a member of the Gang of Eight. But his opponent this cycle isn’t going to let him forget his 2010 flirtation with the border-security-first crowd.”

This past week, he appears to have thrown off all pretense of being a shadow member of The Resistance. Equally dismaying, a fellow neocon Bill Kristol, uber-neocon personified,  posted this on Twitter Valentines Day:

“Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.”

There is nothing normal or seemly about either of these men’s actions lately. Nothing at all.

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Wm. P. Fitzhenry

5th generation Texan, 2nd generation reformed Presbyterian, a twin and a serial entrepreneur.

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