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Rachel Maddow Rips GOP on Foreign Policy, Tells McCain to STFU: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow delivered a searing look at the GOP's lack of leadership on foreign policy last night, looking at the situations in Iraq, Libya, and Israel:

"The Iraq war was not a good idea. If that is confusing to you. If you have not bothered to figure that out, that implies that you are not  thinking very hard or very clearly about the role of America in the world and the idea of what counts as a good idea for a war. And the GOP has not been thinking about about these issues for the past ten years...."

She ultimately delivered a major smackdown to John McCain and the position he's taken "for lack of any competition for the title" as the Republican Party's most prominent go-to guy on foreign policy when he just has no clue:

“How did John McCain get to be the Republican Party's northstar on foreign policy in 2012? ... There is a basic level of interest and competence required even of the opposition party on the subject, even if the country has decided they don’t want to put you back in the White House, not after what George W Bush did with it. Even if you’re just in congress, even if you’re just the opposition, you need to know what you’re talking about. You need to have a basic level of competence. And doing what John McCain says is not a reasonable substitution for basic competence on this subject.”

Watch Maddow's evisceration, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Comments like this are part of my problem with Maddow. I hate McCain, but she's being deliberately obtuse to act like it's a big mystery why he became the military "expert." His father was an admiral. He was held captive for several years. Which means that he actually served in the military, unlike Bush and Cheney.

    Do I think that means that he should a lot of say on military matters? No, but I disagree with nearly everything that the GOP does. Cheney was secretary of defense and orchestrated all these wars, and he's even more evil than McCain and has less direct military experience.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 20, 2012 9:48:44 AM


  2. McCain is a total hypocrite. Holds a press conference saying he wants to launch an investigation into Benghazi while there is a White House briefing on Benghazi at the same time he is giving a press conference. Where was his outrage and investigations when there were 12 attacks on embassies during the Bush regime?

    Posted by: KuMiCu | Nov 20, 2012 9:58:31 AM


  3. excellent piece from Rachel Maddow...... hey if no one points out the obvious... im glad Rachel does..........

    Posted by: miss_h | Nov 20, 2012 10:40:35 AM


  4. McCain should retire already. He kept forgetting things. He even endorsed Obama in a Romney's rally.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 20, 2012 11:15:47 AM


  5. Paul R watch the clip

    she used DECADES of mccain video constantly declaring war with everyone

    Just based off of the decades of mccain video clips she showed, the US would have had at least a dozen if not more wars

    Russia, Iran, Russia again, etc

    Posted by: Moz's | Nov 20, 2012 11:17:32 AM


  6. I read this analysis somewhere that he is about to lose his standing as the ranking member on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, and he's desperately trying NOT to be relegated to the back seats of the Senate - hence the initiative to have a special investigation on Benghazi which he would feature prominently in...

    Like so many others in the political arena he seems to be unable to retire gracefully - their conviction of their own worth and importance won't allow them to step back and make space for the next generation.

    Posted by: hugo | Nov 20, 2012 11:28:35 AM


  7. Paul R, so you're mad at Maddow for questioning John McCain but you agree with her? I don't think it's Maddow being obtuse. She's not questioning his military experience she's questioning his judgement on foreign policy--they're not the same thing. Also, she's not just pulling this out of her butt--she backs it up with actual video of McCain over decades.

    Posted by: db | Nov 20, 2012 12:00:05 PM


  8. As an AZ resident, I emailed McCain a few days ago citing many of the things Maddow said last night. This is the man who helped orchestrate a bloody invasion by ignoring the best intelligence and instead, going with his gut instincts. His main talking point now is, "Ambassador Rice, in the days after Benghazi, used what the intelligence community told her, and didn't go with her gut instincts!"

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 20, 2012 12:14:12 PM


  9. "His father was an admiral. He was held captive for several years. Which means that he actually served in the military"

    My father was a football coach, but I'd be hard pressed to design a football play. And foreign policy is more about diplomacy than about knowing how to take orders in the military. I think this piece and the related Frank Rich interview explained very well McCain's deficiencies here, as well as those of the Republican Party on foreign policy. I especially liked Frank Rich's explanation that McCain just *loves* being in front of a camera.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Nov 20, 2012 1:05:17 PM


  10. "His father was an admiral. He was held captive for several years. Which means that he actually served in the military"

    My father was a football coach, but I'd be hard pressed to design a football play. And foreign policy is more about diplomacy than about knowing how to take orders in the military. I think this piece and the related Frank Rich interview explained very well McCain's deficiencies here, as well as those of the Republican Party on foreign policy. I especially liked Frank Rich's explanation that McCain just *loves* being in front of a camera.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Nov 20, 2012 1:05:19 PM


  11. I see John McCain and think of Damien Lewis in 'Homeland'. While I don't believe McCain would take arms against America, I've always believed his torture affected his mental and emotional stability; and that's been on display every time he talks or rants. He's more than just a grumpy old man--he verges on psychotic.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Nov 20, 2012 1:59:49 PM


  12. If McCain had won the election in 2008, I think we would all be living in the era of World War 3.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Nov 20, 2012 3:07:23 PM


  13. McCain lost to Obama and he still hasn't gotten over that.

    But when Obama basically told McCain and Lindsay Graham to pick on someone your own size publicly they knew they had been slammed pretty good. Graham seemed to have second thoughts. McCain not so much. His ego instead of deflating has swollen.

    Posted by: dodged that bullet | Nov 20, 2012 4:13:43 PM


  14. I watched this on the TRMS last night and cheered. Finally! Someone is calling this stuff out. McCain's views are myopic. He constantly thinks like a man living in the 1950's. His foreign policy views are SCARY at least. He is a man of a military family and experience and that is how he thinks. With so many powers in the world being so powerful, it is true that foreign policy is much more about diplomacy than military might. Any number of countries can blow the world into oblivion. It takes a truly intelligent and thoughtful person to keep it all together. McCain's time has past. He should retire. And if the Republican party has any sense, they will help him to do so with the respect that is owned him.

    Posted by: noteasilyoffended | Nov 20, 2012 5:24:27 PM


  15. Oh, Rachel the uber-lesbo-feminist has her men's underwear all in a wad over Senator McCain't threats to derail the nomination of another uber-lesbo-feminist Susan Rice to be Secretary of State.

    That is all this is about.

    Rachel just loves the pu$$ and hates her fantasies being interfered with.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 20, 2012 5:40:17 PM


  16. @ Woodroad 34: What you're saying--which I've thought for a long time--is that poor John McCain is suffering from untreated PTSD. His driveling, preposterous reading of foreign affairs imply it, his poor impulse control displays it, and his wife's history of physical and psychological black eyes are a testimony to it.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Nov 20, 2012 7:55:12 PM


  17. Ms. MAddow is a turd...with corn.

    Posted by: HA!! | Nov 20, 2012 9:52:06 PM


  18. John McCain acts like he did during the banking crisis when he rushed to Washington to walk around the halls getting photo-ops. He attended no meetings and was not invited to any. He got his photo taken and talked to reporters. He tries to stay relevant but the more he tries, the more UN-relevant he becomes. All this noise about Susan Rice because he didn't like her "talkingpoint"? He is more concerned with that than with Rep Issa posting "secure" information on his webpage that including names of peoplehelping us.

    He calls this highly intelligent woman "dumb" when she is very educated, very smart and held very good jobs for 20 years. JohnMcCain, on the other hand, graduated from the Academy 4th from the last out of a class of over 830. Took no orders from commanding officers and crashed at least 4 planes (some reports are 5) being a jerk and a show off. And to prove how smart he is, he picks Sarah Palin as his running mate.

    He can not use the fact that he was a POW forever. Thousands of others were also held captive that we never hear about. They do not call themselves "hero's."

    John McCain, if anyone, should know what an investigation entails. After all, he was investigated himself for his part in Iran-Contra Affairs. He sat on the Advisory Board but when investigated, he claims he had retired from that position although no one else remembered him retiring from that job.


    Posted by: CarolO | Nov 21, 2012 11:33:36 AM


  19. Who cares what his father was or did- matters not a whit in what McCain may know about Foriegn or Military. Affairs. And, while his Service to the Nation is meritorious, partculatly his horrible ordeal at the hands of the North Vietnamese torturers- makes him.a bona fide hero; none of that magically accrues to expert knowledge in external affairs or the US Military. Quite to the contrary, one can readily posit his Cold War experience is outdated and irrelevant to the assymetrical threats we face today. Time for McCain to retire ...

    Posted by: Hav Mir | Dec 11, 2012 5:56:57 PM


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