One Senator who seems to really want to “own” war with Syria is Senator John McCain. A friend of mine who lives in his state of Arizona explains that his state has much at stake because there are many defense contractors there that benefit from war. He says they need another war as it is good for their business, and Senator McCain knows that.
This analyst believes that McCain is just a product of the Naval academy and a military family who is patriotic and more inclined to fight for what is right than to waver and quibble in the face of adversity.
While McCain showed his personal weaknesses in his bid for the presidency, he remains a stalwart for combatting terrorism and governments that are not aligned with democratic principles and humanitarian standards.
Well, that comes with caveats because he and America were engaged in Vietnam that was a foreign policy and military disaster. We became involved in a civil war where the choice was communism influenced by China, or an artificial regime propped up by the U.S.
“With help from the United States, South Vietnam carried out the election only in South Vietnam rather than countrywide. After eliminating most of his rivals, Ngo Dinh Diem was elected. His leadership, however, proved so horrible that he was killed in 1963 during a coup supported by the United States. Since Diem had alienated many South Vietnamese during his tenure, communist sympathizers in South Vietnam established the National Liberation Front (NLF), also known as the Viet Cong, in 1960 to use guerrilla warfare against the South Vietnamese.”
America has a propensity for nation building, something that we are not very successful at and something that we surely cannot afford.
Going down the war road with Syria is like following Senator McCain on point. We have been down that road before, speaking of catastrophe.
“John McCain: Syria ‘no’ vote would be ‘catastrophic’
McCain met with the president for an hour at the White House on Monday. | AP Photo
By REID J. EPSTEIN | 9/2/13 4:20 PM EDT
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Monday that it would be “catastrophic” if a use-of-force resolution against Syria fails to pass Congress.
“A rejection of this resolution would be catastrophic, not just for him but for the institution of the presidency and the credibility of the United States,” McCain said after meeting with President Barack Obama."