Arizona Sen. John McCain seems to think that he won the election in 2016 and is now president.
Ever since President Trump took office, McCain has been a constant voice of criticism over pretty much everything he does. From his Twitter habits to who he staffs his White House with, McCain has been right there to jump on the leftist news stations and undermine the man we, the People, elected to run the country.
Now, he’s hatched yet another plan to undermine Trump and his Constitutional authority. In the new defense authorization bill, McCain seeks to undercut the President’s Afghanistan strategy by introducing an amendment forcing him to send more troops to the war-torn nation and keep them in the country seemingly forever.
This comes as President Trump is pondering whether or not to pull out of Afghanistan and turn the fight over to private contractors. Apparently McCain isn’t a fan of this idea, or else he wouldn’t be adding an amendment to yet again force the President’s hand, like what happened with the only bipartisan legislation to leave Congress in over a year – the Russian sanctions bill.
From the Washington Examiner:
The proposal, which McCain said was filed as a proposed amendment to an annual defense bill, increases troops for counterterrorism operations and calls for an open-ended agreement with Afghanistan with an enduring U.S. counterterrorism presence in the country.
It would also embed U.S. military trainers and advisers at the battalion level of every Afghan army corps and “significantly” increase the use of U.S. air power, according to a released copy of the legislation. The proposed amendment does not specify the number of additional U.S. troops who would be deployed in the nearly 16-year-old conflict.
McCain had warned President Trump, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and other administration officials to finish up a promised new Afghanistan strategy or he would add one to the National Defense Authorization Act, which is expected to be debated and amended on the floor of the Senate in September.
“Now, nearly seven months into President Trump’s administration, we’ve had no strategy at all as conditions on the ground have steadily worsened,” McCain, who is the Armed Services chairman, said in a released statement. “The thousands of Americans putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan deserve better from their commander-in-chief.”
McCain’s proposal would beef up forces in Afghanistan and remove current timelines placed on the military, but it shares the same long-standing goals of U.S. foreign policy for the country. It aims to keep Afghanistan’s government from collapse, eliminate the risk of a terrorist save haven, and beat back the Taliban and other terror groups.
“We must face facts: We are losing in Afghanistan and time is of the essence if we intend to turn the tide,” he said.
Keep in mind, this is the same McLame who criticized President Trump’s rhetoric with North Korea, stating that he shouldn’t make threats he “doesn’t intend to back up,” and who’s taken a hawkish stance pretty much everywhere else. Now that the President is thinking about a new strategy for Afghanistan, one that the CEO of Blackwater called “unprecedented,” here’s this idiot to intervene and try to keep the status quo in place.
Arizona, for the love of God, get rid of this guy.