Why does John McCain continue to defend Sarah Palin?

    One has to wonder if Sarah Palin has something on John McCain, something that prevents him from ever uttering a disparaging word about her. When Palin clownishly endorsed the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, a man who has insultingly questioned McCain’s heroism in the Vietnam War, McCain reacted almost approvingly. “I respect her view,” he said. “I have great affection and appreciation for her. I respect what she does.” Appreciation for her? As McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential race,...

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Big surprise! John McCain is war-mongering again!

It seems that every week or so,  Republican Sen. John McCain is calling for American boots on the ground or bombers in the air in some trouble spot or another somewhere in the world. This time it’s North Korea. McCain scoffs at President Obama’s characterization of North Korea’s hacking of Sony Pictures’ computers as merely “an act of cybervandalism.” Rather, he says it’s an outright “act of war” to which “we need to react vigorously.” Any day now, McCain likely will call for...

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Sorry, Sen. McCain, but Gen. Petraeus disagrees with you on the Iraq issue

Republican Sen. John McCain, the war hawk’s war hawk, recommended the other day that President Obama fire his entire national security team and replace them with retired Army Gen. David Petraeus. Petraeus previously was the head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and was later the boss at the CIA. He retired a few years ago after an adulterous affair came to light. But that sex scandal isn’t the principal reason why we should wonder at McCain’s enthusiasm for having Petraeus on call to deal with Iraq. As Steve Benen POINTS OUT,...

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Poll: Twice as many Americans agree with Obama than with McCain on Iraq

War-mongering apparently is not as popular among Americans as it used to be. HERE‘s the latest evidence: More Americans agree with President Barack Obama’s views on Iraq than those of Sen. John McCain, a new poll says. According to a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday, 54 percent of voters say they agree more with the president on Iraq, compared with 28 percent who said they agree more with McCain. Before answering the question, respondents were told about the president’s announcement Friday that he will not send U.S. combat...

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John McCain says hundreds of U.S. casualties in Iraq amounted to “literally no casualties”

John McCain continued to make a fool of himself Friday in his ridiculous role-playing as an expert on the Iraq war and its aftermath. The Arizona Republican’s latest blunder was this claim made on national television: “We had literally no casualties there in Iraq during the last period after the surge was over…” Literally no casualties? The word “literally” is  a synonym for “actually,” “precisely” and similar such terms. The truth of the matter is that U.S. forces in Iraq sustained scores...

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