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“McCain’s Death Leaves Void” ran The Wall Street Journal headline over a front-page story that began:

“The death of John McCain will leave Congress without perhaps its loudest voice in support of the robust internationalism that has defined the country’s security relations since World War II.”

Certainly, the passing of the senator whose life story will dominate the news until he is buried at his alma mater, the Naval Academy, on Sunday, leaves America’s interventionists without their greatest champion.

No one around has the prestige or media following of McCain.

And the cause he championed, compulsive intervention in foreign quarrels to face down dictators and bring democrats to power, appears to be a cause whose time has passed.

When 9/11 occurred, America was united in crushing the al-Qaida terrorists who perpetrated the atrocities. John McCain then backed President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, which had no role in the attacks.

During Barack Obama’s presidency, he slipped into northern Syria to cheer rebels who had arisen to overthrow President Bashar Assad, an insurgency that led to a seven-year civil war and one of the great humanitarian disasters of our time.

McCain supported the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe and the Baltic, right up to Russia’s border. When Georgia invaded South Ossetia in 2008, and was expelled by the Russian army, McCain roared, “We are all Georgians now!”

He urged intervention. But Bush, his approval rating scraping bottom, had had enough of the neocon crusades for democracy.

McCain’s contempt for Vladimir Putin was unconstrained. When crowds gathered in Maidan Square in Kiev to overthrow an elected pro-Russian president, McCain was there, cheering them on.

He supported sending arms to the Ukrainian army to fight pro-Russian rebels in the Donbass. He backed U.S. support for Saudi intervention in Yemen. And this war, too, proved to be a humanitarian disaster.

John McCain was a war hawk, and proud of it. But by 2006, the wars he had championed had cost the Republican Party both houses of Congress.

In 2008, when he was on the ballot, those wars helped cost him the presidency.

By 2016, the Republican majority would turn its back on McCain and his protege, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and nominate Donald Trump, who said he would seek to get along with Russia and extricate America from the wars into which McCain had helped plunge the country.

Yet, while interventionism now has no great champion and has proven unable to rally an American majority, it retains a residual momentum. This compulsion is pushing us to continue backing the Saudi war in Yemen and to seek regime change in Iran.

Yet if either of these enterprises holds any prospect of bringing about a more peaceful and prosperous Middle East, no one has made the case.

While the foreign policy that won the Cold War, containment, was articulated by George Kennan and pursued by presidents from Truman to Bush I, no grand strategy for the post-Cold War era has ever been embraced by a majority of Americans.

Bush I’s “New World Order” was rejected by Ross Perot’s economic patriots and Bill Clinton’s baby boomers who wanted to spend America’s peace dividend from our Cold War victory on America’s homefront.

As for the Bush II crusades for democracy “to end tyranny in our world,” the fruits of that Wilsonian idealism turned into ashes in our mouths.

But if the foreign policy agendas of Bush I and Bush II, along with McCain’s interventionism, have been tried and found wanting, what is America’s grand strategy?

What are the great goals of U.S. foreign policy? What are the vital interests for which all, or almost all Americans, believe we should fight?

“Take away this pudding; it has no theme,” said Churchill. Britain has lost an empire, but not yet found a role, was the crushing comment of Dean Acheson in 1962.

Both statements appear to apply to U.S. foreign policy in 2018.


We are bombing and fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, partly John McCain’s legacy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sent a virtual ultimatum to Iran. We have told North Korea, a nuclear power with the world’s fourth-largest army, either to denuclearize or the U.S. may use its military might to get the job done.

We are challenging Beijing in its claimed territorial waters of the South China Sea. From South Korea to Estonia, we are committed by solemn treaty to go to war if any one of dozens of nations is attacked.

Now one hears talk of an “Arab NATO” to confront the ayatollah’s Iran and its Shiite allies. Lest we forget, ISIS and al-Qaida are Sunni.

With all these war guarantees, the odds are excellent that one day we are going to be dragged in yet another war that the American people will sour upon soon after it begins.

Where is the American Kennan of the new century?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

Copyright 2018

• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Military, John McCain, Neocons 
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  1. Rational says:


    Thanks, Sir.

    John McCain was the face of evil. His name is synonymous with pure evil. Here is his obituary:

    Here lies a man with a soul so dead
    Who to himself never had said
    This is my country, my motherland.

    A puppet of the Globalists
    Owned and operated by the Zionists.

    A traitor without a name
    An alienist without a shame.

    As they ring the church bell
    His evil soul rots in hell.

    • Replies: @SMK
  2. Wally says:

    For now anyway, the Zionist dominated ‘neo-cons’ will no longer have McCain, the useful goy, to act as front man for their violence and plunder of US taxpayers.

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
  3. Anon[323] • Disclaimer says:

    McCain was nothing but a tool of Jews.

    Bolton and Pompeo are no different. And most Congress-creatures are willing to play dog. And look at Nikki Haley.

  4. Realist says:

    Are the Interventionists Now Leaderless?

    Not a chance. McCain’s girlfriend, Graham, will carry on as will a good portion of Congress and the Trump administration….you know the ones Trump appointed.

  5. Realist says:

    One telling send off of the warmonger, insane McCain, was US defense manufacturer Lockheed Martin’s most heartfelt eulogy.

  6. Anonymous[297] • Disclaimer says:

    Boomer down.

  7. McStain never led anything. He was a servant of the Jews.

  8. KenH says:

    The leadership vacuum won’t last long. There’s plenty of sociopathic and unscrupulous goys willing to step into McCain’s shoes and win plaudits from Jewish neocons and Israel.

  9. Where is the American Kennan of the new century?

    I believe Pat would be surprised with Kennan’s retort to Pat’s claim:

    While the foreign policy that won the Cold War, containment, was articulated by George Kennan and pursued by presidents from Truman to Bush I

    Here is what late George F. Kennan actually said:

    Nobody — no country, no party, no person — “won” the cold war. It was a long and costly political rivalry, fueled on both sides by unreal and exaggerated estimates of the intentions and strength of the other party. It greatly overstrained the economic resources of both countries, leaving both, by the end of the 1980’s, confronted with heavy financial, social and, in the case of the Russians, political problems that neither had anticipated and for which neither was fully prepared.

    But I guess, with all my deepest respect to Pat, learning the actual history of the 20th century and of the outside world is still a bridge too far for American political class. Should we be surprised then with seeing American where it is today?

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
    , @anon
  10. Forswear I to ever complain
    When Wakandans Old Glory disdain.
    For I smirked with a laugh
    That she’s jerked to half-staff
    For faux-Farragut flyboy McCain.

    • Replies: @Zach
  11. Stick says:

    C’mon guys, we now live in a world not inhabited by John McCain. It feels good. Trump has ended the 28 year Dynastic control of our country by Bushies, Clintonistas and Messiah. He has already announced an American First foreign policy (vague but not without a metric). He is reuniting the West and focusing it on forcing China to play by the rules or don’t play at all. He has done this, and more, in less than two years while fighting a rear guard action against a failed coup by Obama’s Intelligence Community. I’d say we should be happy.

    • Replies: @Currahee
  12. “…the al-Qaida terrorists who perpetrated the atrocities.”

    That should have been my cue to stop bothering to read on. Can’t seem to get the word “Israel” into print, right Pat?

    • Replies: @Liberty Mike
    , @nsa
  13. anon[322] • Disclaimer says:

    The new leader of the Ziocon movement in America is Mike Pence, a faithful agent of Israel who has visited Israel 8 times. To be sure he has plenty of help from the Deep State, incl. many hired by his transitional government — Paul Ryan, Bolton, Haley, John Kelly, Kristjen Nielsen, Rod Rosenstein, Christopher Wray, Mike Pompeo. Even Jeff Sessions is afraid to go up against him. He was recently exposed by Trump when he hired a shared “advisor” with Nikki Haley, Jon Lerner, who was a Never Trumper and of course, a Jew.

    Pence is pulling a soft coup on Trump.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  14. @Wally

    “For now…?”

    Do these monsters have the power to resurrect the dead?

    • Replies: @Mike P
  15. @Andrei Martyanov

    Given that Pat is a devout Catholic, Peter will not let him enter the pearly gates without some atonement for every time he referred to the GOP “as the party of Lincoln.”

  16. @Anti-Sceptic

    Putting aside the question of whether Jehovah’s chosen played any role in the matter, the fact that he avows, with certainty, that al-Qaida was the culprit, demonstrates that he continues to swallow some aspects of the Empire’s propaganda.

  17. Zach says:
    @Eustace Tilley (not)

    Odd that so few people have cited Hugh MacDiarmid in reference to McCain. Here’s MacDiarmid’s response to A.E. Houseman’s poem on the Old Contemptibles, the British Expeditionary Force sent to fight the Germans in 1914

    Another Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries

    It is a God-damned lie to say that these
    Saved, or knew, anything worth a man’s pride.
    They were professional murderers and they took
    Their blood money and impious risks and died.
    In spite of all their kind some elements of worth
    With difficulty persist here and there on earth.

  18. nsa says:

    Buchanan used to be the American “Corbyn”……the jooies would rag on Saint Pat endlessly every time he opened his mouth to promote America First policies and to oppose the senseless wanton destruction of the ME. The jooies would remind everyone constantly that Pat wrote speeches for that arch “joo hater”, Dickie Nixon. The Nixon tapes are inadvertently hilarious, containing hours and hours of jocular repartee.
    Nixon: But the Negroes. Have you noticed? There are damn few Negro spies?
    Haldeman: They aren’t intellectual enough. Not smart enough.
    Nixon: It may be. The Jews are born spies. You notice how many of them there are? They’re in it up to their necks.
    Haldeman: Well they got a basic ability….deviousness.
    Nixon: Well also an arrogance….an arrogance that says that’s what makes a spy. He puts himself above the law. Other than spies for the pay. I’m talking about spies that do it for the idealism.

  19. Anonymous[597] • Disclaimer says:

    Pence is a dual citizen who is loyal to Jerusalem. “But our citizenship is in Jewheaven.” (Philippians 3:20) Which is Jerusalem. (Rev. 21:2) And he worships the “King of Israel.” (John 1:49)

  20. Realist says:

    The fact that MSM and other leftists and establishment Republicans are so reverent to McCain is confirmation of what an asshole he was.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
  21. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    I know that Mr. Buchanan is indulged and even adored by some around here, but once again — even when on the mark — his use of “we,” “us,” and “our” conflates the Washington Empire with those subject to its direct rule here in the United States of America.

    “We are bombing and fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, partly John McCain’s legacy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sent a virtual ultimatum to Iran. We have told North Korea, a nuclear power with the world’s fourth-largest army, either to denuclearize or the U.S. may use its military might to get the job done.

    We are challenging Beijing in its claimed territorial waters of the South China Sea. From South Korea to Estonia, we are committed by solemn treaty to go to war if any one of dozens of nations is attacked.”

    Some of you are probably tired of me commenting about this. But Mr. Buchanan’s Pronoun Propaganda helps to keep the guy in Nebraska dutifully paying taxes, meaninglessly voting, and ultimately rooting for Uncle Sam.

  22. DanGood says:

    When McCain was around supporting intervention no one took him very seriously. In Ukraine he made a fool of himself. His bark was always louder than his bite. May he rest in peace.

  23. Thomm says:

    I went from believing that America could bring Democracy to Iraq in a Marshall Plan-like manner, to being extremely uninterested in America being involved in that hemisphere at all. US military expenditure could be cut by half, and our national security would be higher, not lower.

    We are in the much better of the two hemispheres. We have the luxury of not being involved. There is no reason for us to create artificial demand for our Defense industry, which is large only because of the overhang from WW2 and their refusal to downsize even after 73 years.

    i) We no longer need significant oil from that hemisphere.
    ii) There is zero reason for the US to pay far more than our fair share for NATO. Make the others pay, or we cut our spending to 2% of GDP.
    iii) No more humanitarian aid to Africa.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  24. For the United States, the death of John McCain is a blessing. How can a nation hail such a warmongering hawk? It tells one a lot about the war-prone nation. Pat Buchanan forgot to mention McCain’s support for the Iranian terrorist organization Mujahadeen-e-Khalq (MEK) that Hillary Clinton took of the official terrorist list of the State Department. Both crooks worked for the detriment of the US.

    It’s a pity that President Trump can’t work for a rapprochement with Russia because he is a political prisoner of the Deep State, which organized the so-called Mueller probe about phony Russian collusion. In addition to that, he is surrounded by a bunch of Zionist Israel Lobbyists who want to drag the US into war against Iran for the sake of Israel.

    In his analysis, Buchanan should never forget the elephant in the room: the Zionist regime.

  25. Heymrguda says:

    The fact that McCain has been eulogized by so many democrats and “progressives” is indicative of the left’s love of the warfare state, in contrast to its supposed status as the anti war party.
    Off subject, but I read some time ago that McCain was a descendant of the same Scottish clan that my mom belonged to (hint: it was nearly wiped by the campbells eons ago). Needless to say I am not proud of that connection.

    • Agree: Mike P
  26. “McCain’s Death Leaves Void”…

    … in Senator Graham’s bowels (?)

    Sorry, I just got to reading this article, and that first sentence was like a big slow pitch hanging over the plate. Man, thank you, my straight-man Pat. I’ll go back to my “that’s what she said” jokes. [/Michael Scott]

    If you let this through, Mr. Buchanan, I’ve got some hope for you. Maybe you realize the political situation will not be very civil going forward, after all.

  27. Anon[235] • Disclaimer says:

    McCain roared, “We are all Georgians now”

    He and NATO tried to use Canada to start a third world war:

    “In August 2008, following a large-scale joint military exercise with U.S. troops, the Georgian military mounted a full offensive into South Ossetia, resulting in Russia’s retaliatory intervention. In the resultant clash, Russian forces quickly destroyed the Georgian forces and restored the previous territorial boundaries of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

    That same year, Canada led the campaign to admit both Georgia and Ukraine into NATO. Had Canada been successful in that effort, the third world war would have either erupted in 2008 over South Ossetia, or in March 2014 over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea from Ukraine.”

    May 24, 2016
    By Scott Taylor

  28. RVBlake says:

    Buchanan says the neocons crusade for democracy. I hope that’s irony.

  29. Mike P says:
    @Liberty Mike

    Do these monsters have the power to resurrect the dead?

    Sort of. Congress will soon be replaced with something like this.

  30. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Are the Interventionists Now Leaderless?

    McCain was never the leader. He was a follower, a dog.

    So, the question should be “Are the Zionist-supremacists Now Dogless?”

    Well, they can always get another mad dog. Pick anyone in Congress and inject him with globo-homo rabies virus.

  31. anonymous[819] • Disclaimer says:

    Sure, after phucking up said hemisphere, just wash your filthy bloody racist hands and walk away. Honkies do that well.

  32. anon[146] • Disclaimer says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    The USA did not win the cold war. The USSR lost by default. Very big difference.

  33. anon[146] • Disclaimer says:

    America is better off without this odious man. Trouble is the Zionists and M.I.C. will just find a new frontman.

  34. SMK says: • Website

    Sarah Palin was not invited to McCain’s funeral. I assume the primary reason she wasn’t invited is that, unlike Joe Biden and Barack Obama, she supports, or doesn’t hate and oppose and denounce, Donald Trump. McCain was an odious creature. The slobbering, saccharine, sickening paeans and panegyrics to this “invite-the-world/invade-the world” zealot and warmonger by liberals, leftists, neocons, and “cucks” says it all.

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