One of the factors that led to Mitt Romney’s defeat was his support for nation building. Romney had supported the Arab Spring and the Libyan war. Even worse he was openly calling for war with Syria. This stance turned off voters and prevented him from going after Obama on foreign policy. Romney was following the prevailing nation building view of the Republican Establishment.
John McCain’s is the defacto foreign policy leader of the Republican Party. He pushes the nation building/interventionist worldview on the rest of the Party. Up and coming Republicans like Kelly Ayotte and Marco Rubio parrot his views. Anyone who question the nation building/interventionist views of McCain and the Establishments is labeled Isolationist or an anti-Semite. Andrew McCarthy picks apart John McCain and the establishment foreign policy philosophy.
I wonder if the jihadists of eastern Libya are still “heroes” to John McCain. That’s what he called them — “my heroes” — after he changed on a dime from chummy Qaddafi tent guest to rabid Qaddafi scourge.
See, the senator and his allies in the Obama-Clinton State Department had a brilliant notion: The reason the “rebels” of eastern Libya hated America so much had nothing to do with their totalitarian, incorrigibly anti-Western ideology. No, no: The problem was that we sided with Qaddafi, giving the dictator — at the insistence of, well, McCain and the State Department — foreign aid, military assistance, and international legitimacy. If we just threw Qaddafi under the bus, the rebels would surely become our grand democratic allies.
This week, while the guys the senator and the Obama administration aligned us with in Libya (and would like to align us with in Syria) were busy taking Americans and other foreigners hostage in Algeria, in addition to using Qaddafi’s arsenal to fight the French in Mali, McCain was working his magic in Cairo.
An unfortunate hiccup: McCain and his entourage, including fellow Libya hawk Lindsey Graham, showed up on President Mohamed Morsi’s doorstep just as it was revealed that Morsi, while a top Muslim Brotherhood official in 2010, had inveighed against Jews, calling them “blood-suckers” and “the descendants of apes and pigs” and claiming it was incumbent on Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” toward them.
Not to worry: McCain & Co. have promised to go to bat for Egypt’s swell president. Sure, he has imposed a sharia constitution just as crazies like Michele Bachmann predicted the Muslim Brotherhood would do if it took power. That would be the same sharia that, less than two years ago, McCain condemned as “anti-democratic — at least as far as women are concerned.” Back then, McCain was warning that the Brotherhood had to be kept out of the government if there was to be any hope for democracy in Egypt. After all, he explained, the Brothers “have been involved with other terrorist organizations.”
Now, however, McCain says he will push for American taxpayers to fork up another $480 million for Morsi. Or, to be accurate, borrow another $480 million.
Michele Bachmann to her credit along with Rand Paul are the only 2 Republicans standing up to the Nation Building/Interventionist Wilsonian foreign policy of the GOP. Outlets suck as Hot Air repeat the lies of John McCain and push his views onto the rest of Conservatives. It is time for the GOP to ditch nation building and adopt a national interest based foreign policy. They should listen to Andrew McCarthy and not the senile Senator from Arizona.