Long-Standing Hawk Sings a Different Tune 11 Years In
If you live long enough, you’re liable to see anything. Today, we saw Sen. John McCain (R – AZ), who for the past 11 years has been the gold standard of hawkishness on the Afghan occupation, a tireless support of escalation upon escalation, finally raise the prospect of leaving.
“I think all options ought to be considered, including whether we have to just withdraw early, rather than have a continued bloodletting that won’t succeed,” McCain said in surprise comments today.
McCain’s comments reflect a growing weariness of the occupation, particularly as the growing number of green-on-blue attacks force the US to halt the training missions that for the past decade were supposed to be the ticket to victory.
Despite McCain’s shift, both President Barack Obama and his opponent in November, Mitt Romney, remain roughly identical in their positions on Afghanistan, which is to stay the course.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Afghan Officials Claim Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Died in 2013 - July 29th, 2015
- US, Turkey Weigh Which Syrian Rebels to Support in Border 'Safe Zone' - July 28th, 2015
- Syrian Military, Kurds Oust ISIS From Hasakeh - July 28th, 2015
- Turkey: Peace With PKK Could 'Restart' if Kurds Disarm - July 28th, 2015
- NATO Endorses Turkey's Strikes on ISIS - July 28th, 2015