Senator John McCain said that Barack Obama needs to “get over his temper tantrum” following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory in last week’s election. Then he stated that Congress could defund the UN if he didn’t stop.
Obama is not someone who likes to be contradicted or defied. So it should come as no surprise that he would publicly state in an interview on Saturday, March 21, that Israel’s democracy may ‘erode’ following comments Netanyahu made about how a Palestinian state will not exist under his watch.
While Obama did not specifically state what he would do, there is the possibility that the administration could push for the US to not veto a UN Security Council resolution that would allow for the creation of a Palestine state. The following morning McCain stated on the news program “State of the Union” that Obama should give up his temper tantrum.
Look, there was a free and fair democratic election, the only nation in the region that will have such a thing. The president should get over it. Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President. It’s time that we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem this tide of ISIS and Iranian movement throughout the region, which is threatening the very fabric of the region.
The least of your problems is what Bibi Netanyahu said during an election campaign. If every politician were held to everything they say in a political campaign, obviously, that would be a topic of long discussion.
But the point is, is the J.V., as the president described them, is just moving over into Yemen. We see this horrible situation in Libya. We see ISIS everywhere in the world. We see the Iranians now backing the Shia militias in Tikrit, where they’re going to — where they’re going to massacre a number of Sunnis.
And it is — the guy in charge is a guy named Suleimani, who — who imported — excuse me — I will catch up here — Suleimani moved thousands of copper-tipped IEDs into Iraq and killed hundreds of American soldiers and Marines. And the president of the United States is praising the mullahs and their behavior in the region.
This is one of the more Orwellian situations I have ever observed.
McCain further warned Obama that if the US does acquiesce to the UN, then the “United States would have to examine our funding of the UN.”
To Bluff or not to Bluff?
When McCain issued that warning, he made a powerful statement. The UN is sustained on funding from its member nations, and of those member nations, the US is the largest donor. If Congress were to cut UN funding, then the international organization would have a serious problem.
As the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain heads one of the Legislative Branch’s most influential committees, so he could do some serious damage to the UN, and Obama’s push for a Palestinian state.
The big question is whether or not McCain would follow through on his threat. McCain is not always known for standing with the Republican party’s conservative base. McCain has flip flopped on the issue of repealing Obamacare, and was even asked by Jeb Bush on how to run for president without pandering to the Republican party’s conservative base.
On the other hand, McCain is known for doing the right thing when it comes to the US military and veterans. Last year McCain was one of two senators who spearheaded the investigation into the corruption that was occurring at the Phoenix VA. So even though McCain is willing to fight for the military, it is unclear if he will include our nation’s allies in that fight.
Where his loyalties lie.
I cannot say for certainty what McCain will do, however McCain served honorably in Vietnam, and even served time in a P.O.W. camp. I believe that these experiences did help to instill a love of democracy and a hatred of dictatorships. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. The other nations are governed by ruthless monarchs and autocratic mullahs. If there is any nation over there that American servicemen would back it would be Israel. For now it is Obama’s move. If he persists down this dark road, then hopefully McCain will do the right thing.