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“John McCain Position Switch On Bergdahl Deal”: Is He The Most Disingenuous Member Of Senate Or Simply Unfit To Serve?

It is not uncommon for politicians from all parties to be caught in the occasional act of political hypocrisy.

Still, Arizona Republican and one-time presidential nominee, Senator John McCain, has set a new high watermark when it comes to committing an act of hypocrisy so disingenuous as to raise the bar for all politicians seeking to achieve professional status in the time honored political tradition of speaking from both sides of the mouth.

Appearing this past Sunday on “Face The Nation”, McCain expressed his profound concern for the trade involving five top ranking terrorists for the return of Bowie Bergdahl.


Nothing much to see there, yes? After all, there is nothing unusual nor surprising in Senator McCain’s words given that there are is no shortage of people on both sides of the political divide who have some serious reservations as to the wisdom of the deal.

Certainly, Senator McCain, who has rarely met a war he didn’t like, would be expected to voice his concern and criticism.

The only problem is that just three months ago, Senator McCain, appearing on CNN, voiced his support for the very same deal that he now finds to be so profoundly disturbing.


While McCain notes that he objected to an earlier proposal that would have called for releasing the very same high value terrorists as an act of “confidence building” with the Taliban, he clearly states that he would support the release of these people if the prize were to be the American soldier being held by the Taliban. He later modifies his response to say that if the exchange were for one of these terrorists—whom he told us just this past Sunday were people responsible for the deaths of thousands—he would support the deal.

Does anyone out there believe that the critics would have been silenced if the exchange had only involved one terrorist…or two…or three? If you believe that our policy of not negotiating with terrorists is the correct policy, does negotiating for the release of one high ranking terrorist make it better? Yet, there is Mr. McCain voicing his support for a deal that , just three months later, he would go on TV to condemn.

I don’t think anything more need be said except that we should all be embarrassed and deeply concerned that this man continues to hold such an important position in our government.


By: Rick Ungar, Op-Ed Contributor, Forbes, June 4, 2014

June 5, 2014 - Posted by | Bowe Bergdahl, John McCain, POW's | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Honestly; I don’t think it takes a genius to identify John McCain as a very confused individual who; likely due to his experience as a POW; is willing to shift in whatever direction his Party leaders suggest he should. John has no real character despite his inclination to get righteously pissed and make a show of his outrage whenever His party is criticized.

    He is a kind of “Scaredy Man”. Nervous and unsure; he is easily led and sadly listened to because he is considered a national hero. The Republican Party has been using this and him to bolster their “All American” image.

    John McCain is not now and has never been qualified to be a Senator or work in any high post in our government. perhaps a postman or even post master of a local district. But never more.


    Comment by angrymanspeaks | June 5, 2014 | Reply

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