Over the past few months, the entire nation has been building its condemnation of the terrorist group ISIS. Those who are usually non-interventionists like myself have now joined the hawks on solving the issue of destroying ISIS. It seems that everyone and their mother, democrat or republican, support the bombing of the Islamic State, especially the media. “Bomb, bomb, bomb” has been the response of every republican politician when asked on what they believe should be done to prevent the spread of the barbaric terrorists. One of these republicans is the same man who called for airstrikes in Iraq to counter them in the beginning of the crisis, and is known for his imperialistic tendencies. When asked what the U.S. should do about ISIS by FOX News host Greta Van Susteren, Senator John McCain simply replied, “Kill ’em”. The simplicity of his remark perfectly reflects McCain’s foreign policy, which is characterized by its aggressiveness and weak, undeveloped claims that attempt to justify American military intervention wherever. It is because of his “hammer and nail” foreign policy that he is so inconsistent in who he views as America’s enemy. Although the logic in his foreign policy is severely limited, he still has the audacity to criticize President Obama for giving a speech he would approve of if it were given by any Republican.
As you may recall from the the U.S.’s disputes on whether or not we should intervene in the Syrian Civil war by arming the rebels, McCain and many of his fellow war-hawks, Hillary Clinton included, strongly supported assisting the rebel militias. When President Obama made the decision against this, and instead focused on removing the Assad regime’s chemical weapons through diplomacy, the war-hawks criticized him for it as they always do. While other congressmen rallied for aiding the rebels, Senator McCain took this a step further. He met with members of the Free Syrian Army and other insurgent groups when he traveled to northern Syria in May 2013. During this trip, he took photos with some of the rebels he met with, some of which he posted online himself. Of the men found in a few photos with the Arizona Senator shares a strong resemblance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the now caliph (supreme leader chosen by Allah) of the Islamic State.
McCain’s communications director, Brian Rogers, has of course denied the claims that the man in the photos is Al-Baghdadi, but would not reveal the identity of the individual. This comes as a surprise and is ironic that McCain, one of the first politicians to call for airstrikes on ISIS at the beginning of the 2014 Iraqi insurgency, could have actually spoken to the group’s leader. Because of this, many have accused McCain of being hypocritical for condemning ISIS considering how he likely met with ISIS members when in Syria. Of course, no one is defending ISIS, they’re just frustrated at McCain for so quickly switching sides in who he supports, ISIS or Assad. It’s quite possible that some of the more radical opposition leaders who he met contributed to the formation of ISIS. What this shows is that he had no knowledge of the people who he met with there or their background. The essential principle of the McCain doctrine is challenging powerful nations that aren’t U.S. allies, and constantly criticizing any of their military expeditions while justifying U.S. imperialism and supporting our military allies such as Israel and the UK. He just likes to target whoever appears to be the bigger bully, which was Bashar Al-Assad in 2013, and supports anyone will opposes the bully alongside him, and disregards the extremist members of the opposition. This is the case in the situation in Iraq and Syria. Upon hearing how successful the terrorist group ISIL was in capturing Iraqi and Syrian territory and murdering innocent civilians, McCain jumped to advocate military intervention in Iraq against ISIL, a coalition of groups of which some were initially supported by him when fighting Assad, but when they invaded Iraq, he switches sides.
Anyone who knows McCain’s foreign policy of bombing, invading, and occupying shouldn’t be too shocked by these claims. Whenever or wherever there’s a military conflict going on, especially one that includes a regime hostile to the U.S., McCain advocates for the U.S. to exercise its imperialistic powers by crushing the foreign tyrants. He believes that war is the solution to every problem and that the lives of our military personnel are perfectly dispensable, as if they are made sorely for serving his and other war-hawk’s interests. The fact that such a man who associates no value with human life and thinks that violence is the primary solution to everything could have become the President of the United States is scary. If he was elected, our republic might’ve been reorganized into the first American Empire.