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John McCain Calls For US War In Ukraine, Libya, Syria, And Iraq

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Yesterday Senator John McCain spoke at the New America Foundation’s Future of War Conference on his vision for American foreign policy – war. McCain said the US should send (more) ground forces into Iraq and expand the combat mission into Syria to destroy ISIS. McCain lamented that Libya had fallen into chaos and said the fault was with the US “walking away.” He also asserted that Ukraine should be given weapons to fight Russian-backed separatists in the east and dismissed concerns that the US arming Ukraine would escalate the conflict.

To pay for these wars McCain suggested cutting entitlements and social spending and lamented the foolishness of cutting military spending via the sequester during such dangerous times.

Senator McCain noted that Senator Corker and Menendez agreed with his views but it remains to be seen how much overall support there is in the rest of Congress or the White House for another round of US intervention in the Middle East and elsewhere. Libya and Iraq are, if anything, case studies in how US intervention can have unintended and disastrous consequences. Libya has become a failed state and the removal of Saddam Hussein and empowering of Shitte majority facilitated the rise of Sunni ISIS which has been empowered by Sunnis in Iraq feeling marginalized and persecuted by the rulers in Baghdad. Few also believe US ground troops in Syria will do much other than provide ISIS with a propaganda victory.

McCain’s proscription in Ukraine is also highly problematic. Even partisan establishment media organizations such as Vox are raising concerns about Kiev being able to maintain control over the rest of the country given the rise of the neofascist militias. Kiev has responded to further loses to separatists in the east by arresting journalists and instituting a draft that is facing resistance. Throwing US weapons into the conflict – though beneficial to the US arms industry that helps fund many congressional races – will make a bad situation worse, especially if those arms end up in the neofascist militias’ hands who may take them and march west to Kiev.

In an world that is constantly changing it is good to know some things will always remain the same – Senator John McCain is calling for more war.

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Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.