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Last week I was shocked to learn how far Senator McCain was willing to go in his reckless, knee jerk reaction to everything President Obama is doing in the Middle East. He was clearly willing to give a green light to the Saudis arming ISIS and in doing so he undermined our President. See

 http://www.dailykos.com/...

Steve Clemons reported last week of the ties among ISIS, the Saudis, the government of Qatar and Senator "bomb, bomb" McCain which can be viewed here :

 http://www.theatlantic.com/...

Tonight on Lawrence O'Donnell's show Mr. Clemons gave us further information regarding the activities of ISIS and their acquisition of weapons. In addition to the previously mentioned countries France also played a part.

Senator McCain, as late as February of 2014 was thanking God for Prince Bandar and the Saudis for agreeing with his analysis and his plan to arm the rebels. Once President Obama met in person with the Saudi. King he took action and fired Prince Bandar and allegedly ended the program allowing private Saudi citizens providing weapons to ISIS. I guess he was able to show the King information that Senator McCain refused to believe.

It can't be repeated enough that President Obama's concern regarding the proposal by Senator McCain regarding arming Syrian rebels was determining which were the "good" rebels and how to prevent those weapons from falling into the hands of the "bad" rebels. Well President Obama was right again and McCain was, well wrong. Dead wrong.

Not only did some rich Saudis give ISIS weapons but weapons given to Syrian rebels other than ISIS were sold to ISIS by those groups. We all now see how well that program worked and is being used to destabalize Iraq.

I say to you again that as you go to sleep tonight be so very thankful that John McCain will never be POTUS.

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  •  This is good news for the United States. /nt (10+ / 0-)

    "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" (Yeats)

    by Remediator on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 08:35:24 PM PDT

  •  I wonder how long the Press will ignore this (9+ / 0-)

    Its been days since the Atlantic article came out, in a rational world it should have been headline news. I wonder if David Gregory will demand answers from him next time McCain is on MTP?

    It has to start somewhere. It has to start sometime. What better place than here? What better time than now? - Guerilla Radio, R.A.T.M.

    by Fordmandalay on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 08:50:07 PM PDT

  •  Has McCain ever been right about anything? (10+ / 0-)

    And good grief, look at the hate he unleashed on this country with Sarah Palin.  I don't know how we recover from the damage he's done.  And yes, unless we completely lose our collective minds, he will never thankfully be president.

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    by AnnieR on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 09:12:25 PM PDT

  •  really? (2+ / 0-)
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    snoopydawg, nextstep
    Once President Obama met in person with the Saudi. King he took action and fired Prince Bandar and allegedly ended the program allowing private Saudi citizens providing weapons to ISIS. I guess he was able to show the King information that Senator McCain refused to believe.

    It can't be repeated enough that President Obama's concern regarding the proposal by Senator McCain regarding arming Syrian rebels was determining which were the "good" rebels and how to prevent those weapons from falling into the hands of the "bad" rebels. Well President Obama was right again and McCain was, well wrong. Dead wrong.

    Obama Asks Congress for Another $500 Million for Syria Rebels
    Hopes to Create an Alternative to ISIS
    by Jason Ditz, June 26, 2014

    Having thrown hundreds of millions of dollars at the various “moderate” Syrian rebel factions, the US has very little to show for it, as not only have groups like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra long surpassed the moderates as the dominant rebel faction, but ISIS appears to be on the cusp of forming its own country, carved out of Iraq and Syria.

    Still, President Obama sees no reason to try something new, and is doubling down with a request to Congress for another $500 million for Syrian rebel funding, aiming at both training and equipment for the factions.

    The White House is presenting this as an effort to do two things: oust the Assad government in Syria and create an “alternative” to factions like ISIS. Yet a casual glance at the situation suggests it will do neither.

    The moderate groups like the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are in shambles, and US aid seems to accomplish little but postpone the inevitable collapse of the group, which controls no meaningful territory and is at this point more of a rebellion inside ISIS territory than what remains of Syria itself.

    As an alternative to ISIS, the FSA has an even more uphill battle, as their long-term lack of success and reliance on groups like ISIS to do the heavy lifting in conflicts suggests that they are not a competent rebellion on their own, and $500 million more thrown their way isn’t likely to change that.

    •  thanks for your post (2+ / 0-)
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      pvasileff, tcdup

      I have read on many other sites, that is was the US and the CIA that armed the syrian rebels, including factions of ISIS.
      And let's not forget who created AQ in the 1st place.
      And who armed and trained AQAP in Syria to fight against Assad.
      And now those weapons are crossing the border in to Iraq.
      Funny how those that the US arms comes back to bite them in the ass.
      And how about all the equipment the US either leaves behind or sells to the country they just invaded?  
      I also find it strange that all the invasions are just the GOP doing it.
      How come no one ever mentions that the Dems also vote to keep funding these invasions?  

      "Americans don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism."

      by snoopydawg on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 11:46:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Notice the Date (0+ / 0-)

      This is after McCain et al started this and the Saudis gave weapons to ISIS, which was a small group allegedly less than 2,000 members. Then they got the weapons and have moved on to try and defeat the FSA in Syria, that they have been relatively successful in doing and diverting resources from them.

      I don't agree with funding the rebels but noe we really have a problem and I would argue better FSA than USA troops.

      •  That is a false choice (0+ / 0-)

        and a common one that pro war activists in both parties make.

        The correct choice unless a country is being invaded or attache dis stay the heck out

        ps. Not sure which date you are referring to  but it has been widely reported in Europe and confirmed by Jordanian officials and others that US troops under Obama were training ISIS in Jordan 2 years ago. Not sure how that is Mccain's deal, although I'm sure he was gung ho for it.

        mission creep is alive and well

        Pentagon: 500 Troops in Iraq, More Are Coming
        Major General Dana Pittard to Lead New US Force
        by Jason Ditz, June 26, 2014
        http://news.antiwar.com/...
        It hasn’t been so long since President Obama announced his intention to send “up to 300″ US troops to Iraq as “advisers,” and the Pentagon now says there are 500 on the ground, with more coming.

        Only about 180 of the 500 are actually the “advisers,” with other troops part of anti-terrorism security team, and still others manning the new Joint Operations Center in Baghdad.

        Major General Dana Pittard is leading the new mission, dubbed the Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq by the Pentagon. A second Joint Operations Center is being considered further north, but not confirmed yet.

        Maj. Gen. Pittard had previously been the deputy commander of US troops in Kuwait, and before that was in command of Fort Bliss, in Texas.

  •  McCain tirelessly crusades to (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    start wars. He lets slip no opportunity to start or widen wars and drag the US in. He doesn't just propagandize for war, he conducts his own "shuttle diplomacy" to start wars.

    If you had a crazed arsonist terrorizing your neighborhood, wouldn't you want something done to stop him?

  •  And Russia (0+ / 0-)

    is arming Assad, and now sending warplanes to Maliki in Iraq.  Iran is sending arms to Iraq.  

    This thing is getting nuttier and nuttier, and is trending towards escalation, not resolution.  

  •  Unfortunately (0+ / 0-)

    Obama now plans $500,000,000 in lethal aid to Syrian rebels.  Is he counting on those rebels moving ISIS to the top of their enemies list ahead of Assad's government?  Is that the point?

    The Stars and Bars and the red swastika banner are both offerings to the same barbaric god.

    by amyzex on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 07:27:36 AM PDT

  •  It's not reckless or kneejerk (0+ / 0-)

    He and Lindsay Graham are clearly lobbying for someone with deep pockets. I don't know if it's AIPAC, or the Saudis, or Halliburton, but every time something happens in the ME, they are out in full force before anyone else calling for military intervention.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:50:26 AM PDT

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