The results are in and it is official, John McCain has succumbed to the ravages of age and his mind is no longer functioning on a rational level. He is now calling for what we managed to avoid through all of the tensions of the Cold War — war with Russia.
In response to the crisis in Ukraine he has released a statement calling on President Obama to take military action against Russia, a move which is not only foolish but premature since Ukraine has already brought the issue to the U.N. Security Council which has not yet had time to attempt a resolution of the situation.
His full statement as posted on his web page says:
[box type=”shadow”]“I am deeply concerned that Russia’s ongoing military intervention in Crimea may soon expand to eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, President Obama said that Russia would face ‘costs’ if it intervened militarily in Ukraine. It is now essential for the President to articulate exactly what those costs will be and to take steps urgently to impose them.
“Russia’s use of force in Ukraine is unfolding in clear violation of Russia’s own commitments to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. None of us should be under any illusion about what President Putin is capable of doing in Ukraine, especially now that he has requested, and the Russian Duma has approved, the deployment of Russian troops, not just in Crimea but in the country of Ukraine.
“Every moment that the United States and our allies fail to respond sends the signal to President Putin that he can be even more ambitious and aggressive in his military intervention in Ukraine. There is a range of serious options at our disposal at this time without the use of military force. I call on President Obama to rally our European and NATO allies to make clear what costs Russia will face for its aggression and to impose those consequences without further delay.”[/box]
As further evidence of his diminishing mental faculties he demonstrates his lack of geographic knowledge when he says that he is afraid that if we don’t intervene the conflict will “expand to eastern Ukraine,” Crimea is eastern Ukraine.
McCain has not been at all adverse to speaking up to undermine the President’s foreign policy decisions giving the impression of an old man angry at having lost to the “whippersnapper” in the 2008 election but to call for war with Russia is over the top even for him.
He is beginning to come off as the angry old warrior who has one answer for every disagreement — kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out. This is the stance he has taken on Iran and more recently Syria. Just a couple of weeks ago he posted graphic photographs of victims of the civil war in Syria on Twitter along with this condemnation of the President’s failure to actively intervene there:
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 12, 2014
It appears that most Republicans see that his demands for military intervention are ill conceived as only a very few others in Congress are joining him in his call for action.
The President has been actively seeking a reasonable solution to the problem and has called on Putin to back off and allow the people of Ukraine resolve their differences without outside intervention. In a statement on Friday he said:
[box type=”shadow”]“Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine. Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. Together with our European allies, we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stabilize their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring.
I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily communication with Russian officials, and we’ve made clear that they can be part of an international community’s effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the interest of The people of Ukraine and the international community, but also in Russia’s interest.
This makes it clear to Putin that we will work with the international community to help resolve the situation and that the whole world is opposed to him interfering militarily, there is no need to go to war in order to deal with the situation.”[/box]