George Graham

Why Won’t McCain Shut Up? Who Needs More War?

Didn’t we already vote on John McCain’s agenda? Didn’t we tell him to stick it? So why is he still trying to sell his Dr. Strangelove ideas?

In case you haven’t noticed, the old warmonger is yapping at President Obama’s heels, nagging him about attacking Syria. Before that, he was yapping about bombing Iran.

Meanwhile, the Republican who is actually running for president this time is letting McCain carry his water. Mitt Romney is clear about one thing: he is OK with bombing Syria or anybody else McCain wants bombed. But he isn’t saying much about it.

It’s a blessing that the current president is sane enough to resist calls for bombing Syria.

Who knows what is  really behind the Syrian uprising? Who knows what Iran would do if America came to the aid of the resistance? Who knows how Russia would react? Or China?

There’s no doubt that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is an evil man, and must answer for massacring his people sooner or later. If he doesn’t pay for his wickedness in this life, he will surely pay for it in the next. But America is not the world’s avenging angel. Or supreme court. That’s supposed to be the job of the United Nations.

I am sure that President Obama is doing everything in his power to persuade Russia and China to stop supporting Assad’s bloodstained regime. That’s what he said in his press conference last night, and I believe him.

And, as Rachel Maddow pointed out on MSNBC  later on, there’s more going on behind the scenes. She observed that a Russian ship loaded with military helicopters aborted its voyage to Syria after the president spoke privately with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin recently.

I don’t know what’s going on in Syria. I doubt that anyone knows. But it certainly looks as if Assad has to go, and that’s exactly what President Obama told Putin. No wonder Putin had such a long face in their photo op. But it would be foolhardy for the American president to intervene militarily.

Looking back at the uprising in Egypt, I have to wonder how much good it did. Mubarek is gone, but who will take his place? The army? The Muslim Brotherhood? Is either of them so much better than Mubarek?

nd how long would Mubarek had lived if the uprising had not occurred? He might be gone by now, anyway.

And what about Iraq?  Is that country so much better off today that it was before it was “freed” by American troops?

I have to confess that I do not know.  It’s not easy to choose between two evils.

But this I know: it’s impossible to justify the loss of American lives and the devastation of this country’s economy in a quixotic crusade to right the world’s wrongs.

(Photo above shows burning buildings in Baba Amr, Homs, an area heavily shelled by the Syrian regime.)  

Click here for an article explaining Russia’s support of Syria.

Click here for a report on Syrian atrocities.

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for