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March 3, 2014 - 9:24 am

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asserted to applause this morning at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington that the Obama administration’s leadership in the world is “MIA.”

McCain lauded the crowd as “trying to do the Lord’s work in the city of Satan.”

“What happens in Ukraine is directly related to what happens in the Middle East and obviously we know that what happens in the Middle East is vital to the existence of the state of Israel,” he said. “…And now, now that the Olympics are over, immediately afterwards, we now see the occupation of Crimea. And by the way, in case you missed it, one of the reasons why there’s a majority population of Russians in Crimea is because Stalin exported all the Tartars, over half of them were killed, as he deported them from the Crimea. But the fact is, that this is a blatant act on the part of Vladimir Putin and one that must be unacceptable to the world community. It cannot stand.”

The senator pointed to a broad array of options the U.S. has to respond, including the expansion of the Magnitsky Act previously passed by Congress against human-rights violators in Russia.

“Why do we care? Because this is the ultimate result of a feckless foreign policy where nobody believes in America’s strength any more,” he said to a reaction of applause.

“In 2009, many of you may remember, as we saw on YouTube, we saw a young woman named Neda bleed to death in the street in Tehran when the people of Iran rose up and said, ‘Obama, Obama — are you with us or are you — are you with us or are you with them?’ And you know what, the president of the United States didn’t say a word,” McCain continued. “The president of the United States believes that the Cold War is over. That’s fine. It is over. But Putin doesn’t believe it’s over. He doesn’t believe that this is a zero-sum game. Look at Moldova. Look at the occupation of Georgia. Look at the pressure on the Baltic nations.”

“Look at what they’re doing in assisting Bashar al-Assad’s slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent people in cities and towns and countryside all over Syria… What do you think is going to happen if Bashar al-Assad continues to prevail, as far as the other nations in the region are concerned? Jordan, probably our best friend, is destabilized. The whole situation cries out for American leadership and I’m sorry to tell you it’s MIA.”

McCain quipped that one of his “favorites” is “tell Vladimir that I’ll be more flexible when I’m reelected. Tell Vladimir I’ll be more flexible when I’m reelected?”

He called Obama’s red line “a seminal moment, when the president of the United States says that that president’s going to take military action and does not, that sends a message all the way around the globe, as far away as China.”

“If we’re not willing to take action when an anti-American, anti-Semitic tyrant gasses 1,400 innocent people to death, what does it say about us?”

McCain responded to Americans who say they are “weary of war.”

“Do you know how many times in history that’s been said? Do you know how many times prior to World War II, when Hitler marched into the Sudetenland and when Neville Chamberlain said we’re not going to fight in a faraway country for people that don’t speak our language and we don’t know?” he said. “My friends, the lessons of history are that we have to be ready. And as Ronald Reagan used to say, peace through strength, not through weakness and not through cutting our defense budget back to the smallest army that we’ve had since prior to World War II.”

The senator quipped that he’s “been around a long time. In fact, since the Coolidge administration.”

“But I would say to you, I have never seen this world in need of strong American leadership more than it is today. And I believe the events of these — these negotiations with Iran, which I hope to succeed but I doubt, when I see the slaughter in Syria, when I see the Chinese asserting themselves in Asia, when I see in response, cuts — significant cuts in foreign aid and also in our Defense budget, I’m worried.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Why in the name of God did AIPAC invite this Muslim loving SOB to speak? AIPAC must be run by a bunch of liberals that couldn't care less what happens to Israel. Heaven help us if the American leadership is in the hands of self serving politicians.
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American leadership is not MIA.
It has been hijacked by foreign agents and proxies.
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Silly delusional McCain.
Obama is not MIA. He is very much actively fighting. For the other side.
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Really McCain. You can start by pointing the finger to yourself. Well done on keeping illegal invaders out of your state and campaigning against them getting benefits with the grass movement Prop to have all benefits terminated for illegals. You are a traitor as well.

Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE
47 weeks ago
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Mr John 'bomber' McCain uber alles.
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does McCain ever look in the mirror?
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Obama is facing a decision that is absolutely critical for the future of our country; to support Israel or not. Set aside Obama criticism for a moment and unite in praying for him in the decisions that are at his doorstep. He is our POTUS; and that's a fact. This is the SHTF moment for us all.
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Why in the name of God did AIPAC invite this Muslim loving SOB to speak? AIPAC must be run by a bunch of liberals that couldn't care less what happens to Israel. Heaven help us if the American leadership is in the hands of self serving politicians.
47 weeks ago
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McCain stinks, and so does the propaganda on the Ukraine.

This situation in the Ukraine is not about Stalin, as the facts on the ground have changed. The Ukraine is a pawn, and Russia is fighting against a pagan constitution of the EU enslaving more of the world to debt, homosexuality as normal, and other New Age thought.

Sure Putin will have you murdered, but so will the New Atlantis if you get in the way. See Libya, Iraq, Syria, JFK, RFK, and MLK. What is all this really about? What is going on under the table? Energy contracts?
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Senator McCain, now move to impeach and/or persuade people of influence to publicly condemn him for the traitor that he is. Say it yourself, unequivocally.

Some Democrats might be moved to impeach if they're sure they're able to get him out of the picture (and unable to wield revenge)
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American leadership is not MIA.
It has been hijacked by foreign agents and proxies.
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I heard McCain speak a couple of weeks ago and he was strongly against what is being done (mostly not being done) in Syria. He has been right on this and now Ukraine props to him.
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Whatever position McCain takes, take the opposite and you'll probably be right.
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"... the Obama administration’s leadership in the world is “MIA.”'

Or, as Reagan once famously said "there you go again". There you go again Sen. McCain, missing the reality of the purpose and intent of the Obama administration entirely. They are very much "in action" and moving on the chessboard exactly as planned with their "America last" leftist agenda. Always behind the curve is good old John McCain.

Sorry there, John. But you have been MIA for years yourself.
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