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When Will We Learn, McCain Is Not A Diplomat?

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Oops I did it again

It takes a big (wo)man, not necessarily a good (wo)man, to admit he/she's made a mistake. John McCain this weekend proved he's that (wo)man. He's admitted what we've all known for years -- he means well, but is prone to exaggeration gaffs.

So in the spirit of fairness, I'm willing to say John simply got caught up in the moment, took some time to reflect on his own actions of the past and decided Obama's handshake with Raul Castro wasn't the disgraceful act of "appeasement" on par with the Neville Chamberlain/Adolph Hitler handshake. Time to get past that.

With that settled, I think it's about time that the US Government reconsider it's policy of sending McCain and usually his personal valet Senator Lindsay Graham on official "fact finding" trips to political 'hot spots' on behalf of this country. This hawk and his sidekick have never found a place where they didn't feel the US should make it a flashpoint for war.

They were early and multiply times visitors to Iraq where we escalated our efforts there -- remember the "surge" of troops?

They visited Syria and voted against Obama's using peaceful means to negotiate the chemical weapons disarmament.

McCain made a number of official visits to Israel where each time the middle east country announced increased anxiety over Iran which lead to threats of a possible unilateral Israeli strike on their warring neighbor. McCain went so far as to refer to then current Iranian leader this way according to NBC news:

McCain made a joke comparing Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey.

The Arizona senator even more recently has been vocal on pushing new sanctions against Iran which would most certainly derail the peaceful efforts to negotiate a shutting down of the nuclear weapons development program in Iran despite pleas by Secretary of State John Kerry to allow unfettered negotiations to take place. 

Now today we find McCain (without his Graham valet) once again off to a foreign land as an official envoy, this time in the rioting Ukraine.

In all these these cases, the McCain visits have turned out, by his actions once he returned, to be the opposite of our best interests. How many times must this old warhorse be sent to gather intel and report back? It's not as if his efforts have netted us any qualitative or even quantitative findings. He may be a good guy, and his military background -- at least in years spent as a prisoner of war -- is laudable. But like the accountant today who forgoes contemporary computer technology to prepare your taxes, he's slow, prone to human error and basically just out of it. He's got his old ways and refuses to change with the times. Rather than input data in a computer and have it instantly analyzed and metadata mined for multiple uses, he's still got the pencil, a paper spreadsheet (with coffee stains) and a hand-pull adding machine at his side.

We'll all be served when he finally signals his retirement. He doesn't need to be put out to pasture just yet, but he certainly doesn't need to be our eyes and ears on the ground surveying our next possible moves in volatile locations. He could help us best by passing on his knowledge in improving the standards of living and assistance to soldiers returning from service as well as issues affecting our growing aging population.

Internation diplomacy needs a bit more than just having served for a long time or a Senator singing "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran."

It takes someone who thinks before he speaks. What it needs is diplomacy, not mockery. And lately, Senator McCain has proven he's doting with emotional lust for one final battle, not one grand peace. Let's stop putting our worst foot forward. Let's start putting our best.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

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Department of Justice

The Justice Department has filed the first criminal charges in the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, two U.S. officials said Tuesday.

But that first step isn't enough for one Republican urged the administration to do more than file charges. Who is he? Why Darrell Issa, of course.

TPM:

“Osama bin Laden had been criminally charged long before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but was not apprehended,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a statement. U.S. Navy SEALS killed bin Laden in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. “Delays in apprehending the suspected Benghazi killers,” Issa added, “will only put American lives at further and needless risk.”

Perhaps Darrell better be careful what he wishes for. Maybe quick to accuse and fall for baseless rumors, Issa, should look in the mirror. He may just see himself as many Americans do. Suspiciously.

Lebanon

Darrell Issa is of Lebanese descent. Lebanon is home to Hezbolla, the Shi'a Islamic militant group and political party responsible for the 911 bombings. Its paramilitary wing is regarded as a resistance movement throughout much of the Arab and Muslim worlds, and is considered more powerful than the Lebanese Army.

Now if that doesn't raise an eyebrow, that fact that his mother is of German/Czeck descent. Whose side did they fight on during WW II? How American is he really? Arab background. Nazi Germany. If I was a conspiracy theorist, I might be getting concerned.

Now Issa's involvement with Hezbollah has yet to be cemented, but there's a tenuous link here. And remember, they're one of the responsible attackers in the 911 attack in New York.

Issa's has very calculatedly maneuvered himself into the chairmanship of the House oversight committee. There he has the power to obfuscate and misdirect investigations to cover for his possible criminal and subversive activities. One of them is wasting our congressional resources with wild goose chase investigations, keeping the congressional eye off the ball. Not only has his witch hunts been fruitless, they've been costly as well. He's been squandering valuable resources and money that could be focused on our national security. He is guilty of putting up smoke screens to weaken our defenses. Our national security is at risk. I don't know if he can be trusted. With the power he's maneuvered for himself, he's a dangerous man. Especially if he's a mole. Consider this, Obama may be a secret Muslim who's been sent over here from his native Kenya to destroy America. A lot of people believe that. Whose to say they're wrong? Certainly not John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.

And what if Issa's using that leadership position he's sneaked into in order to help his "brothers" in Lebanon and in Hezbollah, where he may have hidden sympathies? He might even be one of their operatives.

Okay, I kid. It's no more believable than Issa being a criminal with a law breaking past here in this country, car theft, arson, illegally carrying a loaded concealed weapon.  Or his having a questionable stint in our Army where he also stole a car.

He's not so inclined to thumb his nose at our laws much, is he?

Issa behind bars

So Issa wants more done, more arrests made. Maybe the Justice Department would be well served putting America's mind at ease. Look into Issa. He may be war criminal number 1. Justice reports show that there may have been some inside information leaked to the attackers in Benghazi. Wonder who they got that from?

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Video- President Obama Arrives in Israel: 'Wonderful to Be Here'

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Video- President Obama Speaks at the Diplomatic Corps Holiday Reception

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Video- Fox's Liz Cheney: Obama Is "Putting The United States In A Position Where Our Enemies Are Getting Stronger"

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She's going to keep gnawing on that bone until it gives something up, isn't she? Via MM.

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Video- Fox's Crowley: Obama's "Whole Strategy" With Iran Is To "Advance Our Enemies"

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You really just have to settle your brain into believing they live in opposite world and move on from there. Via.

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