On Monday, the Washington Examiner reported that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the “Republican in name only” who gave Americans the middle finger on health care due to his hatred of President Trump, slammed the chief executive even as he was in his home state for cancer treatment and threatened to usurp the president by having the Senate create military strategy for victory in Afghanistan.
“More than six months after President Trump’s inauguration, there still is no strategy for success in Afghanistan,” McCain said in a released statement. “When the Senate takes up the National Defense Authorization Act in September, I will offer an amendment based on the advice of some our best military leaders that will provide a strategy for success in achieving America’s national interests in Afghanistan.”
That’s right. McCain wants to use the NDAA to force Trump to use military strategy formulated by the Senate.
The Examiner added:
In recent weeks, McCain demanded a completed plan from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Trump Pentagon nominees during public Armed Services hearings, saying the U.S. is losing in Afghanistan.
“I believe in mid-July we will be able to brief you in detail, sir,” Mattis said during a hearing in June. “We are putting it together now.”
Yet no finished strategy has materialized and the administration is still debating a plan that could send up to 5,000 more American troops to Afghanistan, where the U.S. has been fighting the Taliban since 2001.
McCain has aggressively backed an increase in the 8,400 troops now deployed to Afghanistan as part of a new strategy. But it was uncertain what role he would play in the debate after undergoing surgery earlier this month and being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He left Washington last week and began targeted radiation and chemotherapy treatment today in Arizona, according to his office.
Thomas Spoehr, director of the Center for National Security at the Heritage Foundation, said the threat is a way to keep the Afghanistan issue alive and an attempt to “shame the administration” into action on a strategy.
But, Spoehr told the Examiner, McCain’s threat might be more political bluster than a real possibility.
“Sen. McCain was in the military, he knows how ludicrous it would be for Congress to come up with a military strategy,” he said.
There’s another aspect of this that needs to be considered. McCain hates Trump — that much is obvious with his recent votes against repealing Obamacare and his recent statements.
This threat, in the view of this writer, is yet another attempt by McCain to undermine Trump. And it certainly wouldn’t be the first time he’s done it.
As we noted here, for example, he claimed that rhetoric from the Trump administration was “partially to blame” for a Syrian chemical attack and adopted liberal rhetoric by suggesting Trump is a dictator in the making.
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