In the Arena

COIN and Change

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Illustration by Oliver Munday for TIME

My latest print column: John McCain’s ugly cross-examination of Chuck Hagel raised some larger questions about US policy.

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shepherdwong
shepherdwong

Someone once said that the problem with McCain as a leader is that he thinks like a fighter pilot: tactically rather than strategically. Wasn't much of a fighter pilot for that matter.

jmac
jmac

COIN requires years.  Was the waste of money in Afghanistan worth teaching our soldiers compassion on the ground as we try to figure out how to pay our bills?    Drones have replaced COIN and massive bombing.  Unfortunately, we're not going to be the only ones with Drones and we're going to get paid back. 

Will McCain be outraged that others will do as we do, not as we say, - and call  for massive bombing should we be hit?   He learned compassion about torture, but his mindset on American superiority is firmly entrenched.   

roknsteve
roknsteve

Can you imagine John McCain with his finger on the nuke trigger as President?  "Today let's nuke Libya to scare the hell out of Syria".   

outsider
outsider

McCain pushing for war in Iran is just nuts. 


There aren't enough fronts? Or is it just perptual war that the GOP is pushing for? 


Actually, i take it back; it isn't the GOP  - it's just the sore loser from AZ, and a few of his pals who feel comfortable that they will never have to fight in any upcoming conflict. 


And if it makes the US look bad, that's good too - because it happened when Obama was in office. 


McCain is a disgrace now; just crotchety, and bitter over having lost. 



bobcn
bobcn

@shepherdwong 

I'm tired of people demanding that we treat today's McCain with respect because he behaved honorably in a North Vietnamese prison.  That was then.

If you're looking for someone who can handle being shot down and imprisoned well then McCain's your man. But as a senator -- not so much.  The needed skills aren't transferable.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider2011 

McCain always pushes wars. It's alot easier to blow shit up then to solve problems. I mean, there are no problems left right after the bombs clean it out?

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

@MrObvious @outsider2011 He doesn't understand that bombing doesn't turn enemies into friends, Marshall Plans do. It's something a fella named Jesus was trying to tell us 2,000 years ago, but the people running around in his name these days act more like the Romans did.