September 23, 2019

John McCain accuses GOP nomination hopefuls of “isolationism”

John McCain looking unimpressed with the Republican line-up for 2012.

Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, has accused the contenders for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination of “isolationism.”

“We cannot repeat the lessons of the 1930s, when the United States of America stood by while bad things happened in the world,” McCain said in an interview with ABC’s, This Week.

Responding to the GOP presidential hopefuls’ positions on both Libya and Afghanistan, John McCain said, “We are the lead nation in the world, and America matters, and we must lead. But sometimes that leadership entails sacrifice, sadly.”

Referring to a televised debate by seven possible Republican presidential nominees, Mr McCain said “This is isolationism.”

“There’s always been an isolationist strain in the Republican Party, the Pat Buchanan wing of our party. But now it seems to have moved more center stage, so to speak.”

“If former President Ronald Reagan had watched the debate,” McCain said, he “would be saying that’s not the Republican Party of the 20th century and now the 21st century. That is not the Republican Party that has been willing to stand up for freedom for people all over the world.”

Facing questions about calls for US involvement in the United Nations action against Colonel Gaddafi in Libya, McCain referred to the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and a 1986 Libyan sponsored bombing of a German disco frequented by U.S. soldiers, as reasons that “Gadhafi has Americans’ blood “on his hands.”

“If Gadhafi remains in power, it’s clear that you will see him engage in an escalated effort, of course, to harm the United States of America, obviously,” he said.

McCain was equally adamant that the U.S. mission in Afghanistan must continue.

“We abandoned Afghanistan once, and we paid a very heavy price for it in the attacks of 9/11,” he said. “So that is an important lesson that we must learn.”

Newswarped is a bit perplexed at some of the reactions of Republican presidential nominee’s. These were the same guys who were falling over themselves to get involved in the George W Bush ‘war on terror’ and flex American muscle abroad. Republican foreign and economic policies have run up the biggest debt in America’s history and now they want out.

Is that the kind of flip flop politics that America needs?