Senator John McCain's History and Personality

Senator John McCain's


History and Personality

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John McCain Has A Temper,Say Many. He Is as Hard-Headed as Bush II
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"There's going to be other wars. I'm sorry to tell you, there's going to be other wars. We will never surrender, but there will be other wars." ó United States Senator and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain

This quote scared the hell out of me when I first read it. Of course, it's true. McCain is a realist, and I'm not naÔve enough to believe that man will ever stop waging wars. That's not what scared me.

I was worried because it was John McCain who said it.

McCain's temper is legendary. Don't believe me? Do a Comcast Search on "McCain+Temper." He kind of reminds me of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from Full Metal Jacket. Dude drops F-bombs in the Senate, called a high school kid a "little jerk," and wants the Beach Boys to perform at the Bombing of Tehran. Do we really need a Commander in Chief with a beef? At this time in our history, the last thing we need is a President, blinded by rage, having a knee-jerk reaction to an incident, foreign or domestic. Turns out I'm far from alone here.

In January, Republican Senator Thad Cochran, who has known John McCain for more than three decades, said, "The thought of his [McCain] being President sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper, and he worries me." Cochran then endorsed McCain a month later.

Retired Army colonel Larry Wilkerson, who was former Secretary of State Colin Powell's top aide, put it this way, "No dissent, no opinion to the contrary, however reasonable, will be entertained [with McCain]. Hardheaded is another way to say it. Arrogant is another way to say it. Hubristic is another way to say it. Too proud for his own good is another way to say it. It's a quality about him that disturbs me."

Now, before the cries of "liberal bias" come rolling in, note that I have a lot of respect for John McCain. A United States Senator since 1987, McCain served our country admirably during the Vietnam War. A skilled naval pilot, McCain was shot down over North Vietnam. He fractured both arms and a leg, and then nearly drowned when he parachuted into Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi. He was pulled out of the lake, only to be beaten by locals and held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years. He was tortured, interrogated, lost 50 pounds, and his hair turned white. So who could blame the guy if he loses his cool?

"My temper has often been both a matter of public speculation and personal concern," McCain wrote in his 2002 memoir, Worth the Fighting For. "I have a temper, to state the obvious, which I have tried to control with varying degrees of success because it does not always serve my interest or the public's. I have regretted losing my temper on many occasions. But there are things worth getting angry about in politics, and I have at times tried to use my anger to incite public outrage. I make no apologies for thatÖ When public servants lose their capacity for outrage over practices injurious to the national interest, they have outlived their usefulness to the country."

I will never question John McCain's contributions to our country, nor do I believe he's outlived his usefulness. Nonetheless, his temper is an issue to consider when voting for our next President. I, for one, don't want a President with a notorious temper ó one whose colleagues have called him "erratic" and "hotheaded" ó hovering over the Red Button.

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L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, said in a speech six months before the Sept. 11 attacks that the Bush administration was "paying no attention" to terrorism. "What they will do is stagger along until there's a major incident and then suddenly say, 'Oh my God, shouldn't we be organized to deal with this,'" Bremer said at a McCormick Tribune Foundation conference on terrorism on Feb. 26, 2001. Source:AP "Frankly, I find it outrageous that the president is running for re-election on the grounds that he's done such great things about terrorism. He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something to stop 9/11. Maybe. We'll never know. . . I think the way he has responded to al-Qaeda, both before 9/11 by doing nothing, and by what he's done after 9/11 has made us less safe, absolutely. I think he's done a terrible job on the war against terrorism."

White House counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke Clarke worked on conterterrorism under Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II In Bob Woodward's "Bush at War," the president himself acknowledged that Osama bin Laden had not been a central focus in the eight months before the attacks. "I was not on point," Mr. Bush was quoted in the book as saying. "I have no hesitancy about going after him. But I didn't feel that sense of urgency, and my blood was not nearly as boiling."

*WHITE HOUSE, 4/01: FOCUS ON BIN LADEN "A MISTAKE"* A previously forgotten report from April 2001 (four months before 9/11) shows that the Bush Administration officially declared it "a mistake" to focus "so much energy on Osama bin Laden." The report directly contradicts the White House's continued assertion that fighting terrorism was its "top priority" before the 9/11 attacks (1). Specifically, on April 30, 2001, CNN reported that the Bush Administration's release of the government's annual terrorism report contained a serious change: "there was no extensive mention of alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden" as there had been in previous years. When asked why the Administration had reduced the focus, "a senior Bush State Department official told CNN the U.S. government made a mistake in focusing so much energy on bin Laden." (2). The move to downgrade the fight against Al Qaeda before 9/11 was not the only instance where the Administration ignored repeated warnings that an Al Qaeda attack was imminent (3). Specifically, the Associated Press reported in 2002 that "President Bush's national security leadership met formally nearly 100 times in the months prior to the Sept. 11 attacks yet terrorism was the topic during only two of those sessions" (4). Meanwhile, Newsweek has reported that internal government documents show that the Bush Administration moved to "de-emphasize" counterterrorism prior to 9/11 (5). When "FBI officials sought to add hundreds more counterintelligence agents" to deal with the problem, "they got shot down" by the White House.

Sources: 1. Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, 03/22/2004, 2. CNN, 04/30/2001. 3. Bush Was Warned of Hijackings Before 9/11; Lawmakers Want Public Inquiry, ABC News, 05/16/2002, 4. Top security advisers met just twice on terrorism before Sept. 11 attacks", Detroit News, 07/01/2002, 5. Freedom of Information Center, 05/27/2002,

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