For years, I had tremendous respect for John McCain. His endurance and perseverance while being held captive and tortured by the North Vietnamese for six years, was amazing and inspiring. His family history of military service is also inspiring.
In case you are not familiar with his family history, McCain’s paternal grandfather was four-star Admiral John Sidney ‘Slew’ McCain. He was one of the Navy officers who helped develop the importance of aircraft carrier task forces during World War II. He commanded the Fast Carrier Task Force in 1944-45, which played an active role in the Philippines and at Okinawa.
John McCain’s father, the son of Admiral ‘Slew’ McCain was John ‘Jack’ Sidney McCain Jr., who was also a four-star Navy admiral. He also served during World War II and was credited with sinking several Japanese ships while commanding his submarine. When the US invaded the Dominican Republic in 1965, Admiral McCain Jr. led the invasion.
The family history helped John Sidney McCain III, get accepted to the US Navy Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. McCain III was an Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War when he was shot down over North Vietnam and captured. The injuries he suffered during his POW days forced him to retire from the Navy as a Captain.
His political career began when he was elected to the US House of Representatives from Arizona in the 1982 election. In 1986, he successfully won the Senate seat vacated by the Honorable Barry Goldwater. McCain has been in the US Senate for the past 31 years and is currently the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
In 2000, McCain was one of the top GOP presidential candidates, but eventually lost the nomination to the Texas Gov. George W. Bush. In 2008, McCain did win the GOP nomination for president, but lost to America’s first Muslim leader, Barack Obama.
McCain has, for most of his political career, demonstrated his strong support for America’s military might. However, under the leadership of Obama and the Democrats, McCain was helpless to stop the reduction of America’s military to only a fraction of what it was before Obama illegally took residence in the White House.
When American student Otto Warmbeir was detained and imprisoned by North Korea in January 2016, McCain was fairly outspoken against Kim Jong-un and his regime. McCain referred to Kim as being stupid and a crazy fat kid. He indicated that something should be done about Kim.
When Warmbeir was returned to the US in a comatose state and then died a few days later, McCain accused North Korea of killing him and again indicated that something needs to be done to hold North Korea and Kim responsible.
As North Korea has escalated their nuclear weapons program and missile testing, McCain appeared to continue in his strong stand against the rogue nation. After the last several overt threats made against the United States by Kim, McCain didn’t say a whole lot except that the US needs to take these threats as being very serious. However, President Donald Trump has not been silent.
After the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed strict sanctions against North Korea, the nation’s tyrant dictator increased his threats against the United States. President Trump responded by announcing that if North Korea dared attack the United States, that fire and fury unlike anything the world has ever seen would rain down on North Korea.
Instead of backing up his President and the defense of the United States, McCain went on a local and popular Phoenix radio station where he criticized Trump for taking such strong stand against North Korea. McCain stated:
“I take exception to the President’s comments because you gotta be able to do what you say you’re gonna do…In other words, the old walk softly but carry a big stick, Teddy Roosevelt’s saying, which I think is something that should’ve applied because all it’s going to do is bring us closer to a serious confrontation. I think this is very, very, very serious…The great leaders I’ve seen don’t threaten unless they’re ready to act and I’m not sure President Trump is ready to act…It’s the classic Trump in that he overstates things.”
Basically, McCain said that Trump is all talk and but is unwilling to back up his talk, kind of like saying the dog is all bark and no bite. It’s bad enough with liberals criticizing Trump for taking a strong defensive stand, something Obama never did nor would ever do, but when top Republicans in Congress join in on the criticism and say that the President isn’t prepared back up his words, it causes one to question if his brain cancer is affecting his thinking and ability to continue in the US Senate.
I still greatly respect the man and have sympathy for his latest medical condition, but I can’t help but wonder if his time of serving his nation and state are over?