aside John McCain’s Speech At Munich Security Conference RE Our President

Abschluss 52. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz 2016 (picture-alliance/dpa/S. Hoppe)

During the Munich Security Conference currently being held in Germany, the republican Arizona US Senator John McCain, delivered a speech which was less than flattering about the republican President Donald Trump, without ever referring to him by name. Here is a link to his speech.

On (2/18/17) Reuters published a report that the Vice President Mike Pence has also given a speech supportive of NATO. “He said, “Today, on behalf of President Trump, I bring you this assurance: the United States of America strongly supports NATO and will be unwavering in our commitment to this transatlantic alliance.”

On 2/17/17, Aaron Blake of the Washington Post has penned the report: “The Fix Analysis, John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview.”

Excerpts:

“John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard.”

“During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump’s worldview and brand of nationalism. McCain didn’t mention Trump’s name once, but he didn’t have to.”

München Sicherheitskonferenz - Wolfgang Ischinger (Getty Images/L. Preiss)
Munich Security Conference Chairman, Wolfgang Ischinger

“And even considering the two men’s up-and-down history and the terrible things Trump has said about McCain, it was a striking display from a senior leader of a party when it comes to a president of the same party.”

“In his speech, McCain suggested the Western world is uniquely imperiled this year — even more so than when Barack Obama was president — and proceeded to question whether it will even survive.

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Senator John McCain

“In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and alarm-ism; not this year,” McCain said. “If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now.”

  • “(The founders of the Munich conference) would be alarmed by an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood and race and sectarianism.”
  • “They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see towards immigrants and refugees and minority groups — especially Muslims.”
  • “They would be alarmed by the growing inability — and even unwillingness — to separate truth from lies.”
  • “They would be alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent.”

“That’s Trump, Trump, Trump and Trump.”Image result for photos Munich Security Conference with mccain speaking

“McCain continued: “But what would alarm them most, I think, is a sense that many of our peoples, including in my own country, are giving up on the West, that they see it as a bad deal that we may be better off without, and that while Western nations still have the power to maintain our world order, it’s unclear whether we have the will.”

“Trump has repeatedly suggested a desire to pull out of or scale back on international involvement and agreements. His slogan is “America first,” after all. And it’s not just on free trade: It’s also when it comes to things like NATO, the transatlantic military alliance that Trump has suggested the United States is getting a bad deal on and has flirted with not enforcing.”Related image

“Then McCain invoked some of those close to Trump and emphasized that his message won’t square with theirs: I know there is profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership. I can only speak for myself, but I do not believe that that is the message you will hear from all of the American leaders who cared enough to travel here to Munich this weekend. That’s not the message you heard today from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. That is not the message you will hear from Vice President Mike Pence. That’s not the message you will hear from Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. And that is certainly not the message you will hear tomorrow from our bipartisan congressional delegation.”

“McCain then concluded with another direct shot at Trump.”

“I refuse to accept that our values are morally equivalent to those of our adversaries,” he said. “I am a proud, unapologetic believer in the West, and I believe we must always, always stand up for it. For if we do not, who will?”

“Two weeks ago, you may recall, Trump suggested the United States didn’t exactly have the moral high ground on Russia. Asked by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly about wanting good relations with a “killer” like Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump demurred.”Image result for photos Munich Security Conference with mccain speaking

“There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers,” Trump said. “Well, you think our country is so innocent?”

“Ever since, it seems, he and McCain have been on a collision course. McCain didn’t fight back when Trump questioned his war-hero status long ago — perhaps because both men were trying to win elections — but the battle between McCain and the White House is picking up steam.”

“And on Friday, McCain traveled across the Atlantic to deliver a calculated, planned attack on Trump’s entire system of beliefs.”

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13 comments

  1. Gronda, coupling this with his Meet the Press interview recorded yesterday, McCain continues to be a consistent voice against a chaotic and less than truthful administration. Now that he is not running again, he has returned to his more outspoken presence, which led many to consider him as a viable presidential candidate in 2008. Until he was asked to take on such a horrible VP candidate, he was running pretty close to Obama. His VP selection proved to be an anchor to his campaign ship, bringing his age into question. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I am enjoying watching Senator McCain return back to his old ways. In 2008, I was ready to vote for Senator McCain to become our US president until Sarah Palin was selected to be his running mate.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, I had not made up my mind, but was leaning Obama. Palin was a sugar rush for my old party, then after the high wore off they realized the mistake they made. Considering her as an ambassador is not the best action our new President could take. He needs very capable and experienced people to make up for his lack thereof. Keith

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