Thursday, October 18, 2012

McCain & Tommy Duet: "Bomb Bomb Iran"

Tommy Thompson continues to lead a parade of national Republican personalities into Wisconsin.  Today Arizona Senator John McCain will be in Wisconsin.

I wonder if this means that Tommy Thompson shares John McCain's often cavalier and careless attitude about bombing Iran? It seems that John McCain has been itching to go to war with Iran for some time.  I often wonder if this desire is simply to make up for the fact that McCain & Co. were not allowed to continue the unnecessary war in Iraq? It also seems that the same cast of characters want to keep us in perpetual war in Afghanistan.  Since they have failed on those two points it seems that McCain and others are oddly obsessed with going to war with Iran.

Tommy Thompson might want to take a closer look at John McCain's often reckless policy regarding Iran before he jumps into the "Bomb Bomb Iran" Chorus Line.

McCain supported the Kyl-Lieberman amendment to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization and which expressed the Sense of the Senate that it is "a critical national interest" to prevent Iran from "turning Shi'a militia extremists in Iraq into a Hezbollah-like force which Sen. Jim Webb said it "could be read as a back-door method of gaining congressional validation for military action, without one hearing and without serious debate." [Vote 349, 9/26/07;, 6/5/08]

Discussing whether the president needs Congressional authorization to attack Iran, McCain said, "it obviously depends on the scenario. But I would, at minimum — I would, at minimum, consult with the leaders of Congress because there may come a time when you need the approval of Congress. And I believe that this is a possibility that is, maybe, closer to reality than we are discussing tonight." [CNBC, MSNBC, WSJ GOP Presidential Debate, 10/9/07]

John McCain embraced the Bush Administration's refusal to actually engage Iran's leaders. McCain said "It is a serious error on the part of Senator Obama. It shows naivete and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table..." [CNN, 5/15/08]

McCain's blind support for the war in Iraq has actually led to an emboldened Iran. By eliminating Saddam Hussein and the Taliban and replacing those governments with security vacuums, the United States allowed Iran to dramatically expand its regional influence.  [Ray Takeyh, Foreign Affairs, March/April 2007. Rand Beers, Testimony Before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, 2/28/08]

And let's not forget John McCain expressing his Iran preferences in song.  Will Tommy Thompson join him in singing this "Bomb Bomb Iran" chorus at today's event?

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