September 7th, 2013
06:52 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain raises impeachment - if boots hit ground in Syria

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After endorsing President Barack Obama's plan to launch military strikes against Syria, Sen. John McCain warned the president would face impeachment if he were to put "boots on the ground."

McCain told Phoenix radio host Mike Broomhead on Thursday that the president had "bungled" the entire handling of the Syria crisis and would open himself up to impeachment hearings if he overstepped the limits of the authorization before Congress.


"No one wants American boots on the ground," McCain told the KYFI audience. "Nor will there be American boots on the ground, because there would be an impeachment of the president if they did that."

While McCain said he still supports the current plan to intervene in Syria, the Arizona Republican's statement seems to reflect his contentious Thursday town hall meeting with some Phoenix constituents. At the meeting, McCain, who has favored a more robust American response to the Syria crisis, faced intense criticism.

"We didn't send you to make war for us. We sent you to stop the war," one man said.

Despite his warning to the president, McCain spoke out in favor of the Syria authorization again Saturday, endorsing former Army Gen. David Petraeus' endorsement of the administration's plan in a tweet.

Only one of three Republicans in the Senate Foreign Relations panel to approve the measure, McCain has vocally advocated for a stepped-up American response to alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. He even refused to pass the White House resolution out of committee until it included provisions to bolster Syrian opposition forces deemed moderate.

McCain's support for action hasn't stopped the Arizonan from blasting his former 2008 presidential rival for inaction.

In an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room" on Tuesday, McCain told Wolf Blitzer the president needed to "explain to the American people" why urgent action in Syria is necessary. The Republican senator also said President Obama made a mistake by consulting Congress instead of immediately launching a bombing campaign against the Syrian government.

"It's common sense you don't warn them and give them plenty of time to disperse," McCain said.


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soundoff (1,005 Responses)
  1. Kevin Kigen

    Go and play online poker, McCain – your time is over.

    September 8, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Peter

    Impeach! Impeach! Impeach!

    The two party system in America is a joke.

    Romney campaigned on giving military aid to the Syrian rebels the moment that he was elected.

    You think the Republican McCain would issue the same warning to Romney?

    Doubtful.

    Pure politics.

    September 8, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. myway

    Looks like McCain has delusions of having been elected president. He has no standing on this issue since he still can't explain who our allies are in the Syrian civil war, and that after a recent trip to the country. Unfortunately McCain has become somewhat of a joke and should probably seriously contemplate retirement. He sure hasn't helped approval ratings for congress.

    September 8, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Jamey

    The John McCain that ran against "W" in the republican primary was interesting and admirable. I actually gave a passing thought of voting for the "other side" for him because I liked that he was independent and did not seem to bow to the "right' as the republicans do.

    After his last state election when he swallowed the ultra right agenda I feel he has become irrelevant.

    September 8, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Jake

    I think we should stay out of there and let them deal with their own problmes. We do not need to support every country that do not appriceate our support and take care of our own country.UN needs to step up and make sure we don't have another Saddam Hussein, al-Qaeda survivor. Get the picture.....

    I am not proud of our president and do respect Cain opinion. We need to make sure the bad guys do not take advantage of the good guys, if you know what I mean.....

    Take a good look at what happened to religion, media, schools, society, healthcare, guns, employment, union bankrupting amerca, freedom and our prisons are overloaded for free food. I am concerned about whole situation, but have no respect for any crazy people killing inecent people for no reason.

    September 8, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. 1alien1

    same old angry and ignorant mccain. still has not gotten over losing the elction. and to a black guy yet.

    September 8, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. John

    Senator McCain is still fighting the Vietnam War. A War his full Admiral father directed from off-shore.

    September 8, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. J

    "You watch out, Obama, or I'll sic Sarah Palin or Joe the Plumber on you."

    September 8, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Blue

    McCain has been screaming for war, and now that it might happen, he throws impeachment in the air. John, we are tired of you behavior. go home, please stay.

    September 8, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. liberal hypocrite = redundancy

    There should've been an impeachment already for this abomination of a faux leader. Destroyed this country while kicking back playing spades and smoking. Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Tomato ToMAto.

    September 8, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Amazing

    McCain is the poster child for term limits! Too bad he didn't raise the same issue for Iraq!

    September 8, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Tari Torch Sweeney

    Is he SERIOUS? WHAT? Impeachment? Is McCain nuts? This whole thing has been SO blown out of proportion that it's actually frightening. IMPEACHMENT? Get a life, McCain. He must have really chosen Sarah Palin...he talks like her.

    LOL.

    September 8, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. BO

    Joe Biden promised to impeach a sitting president if he ever took the nation to war without congressional approval.

    September 8, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Dan Bruce

    McCain's erratic behavior indicates to me a man with serious psychological problems. I do hope he gets help. Thank goodness the people of America were intelligent enough to reject him as president in 2008.

    September 8, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. chiro2010

    Just a matter of time in my opinion. How amazing is it that the moment Obama's 2nd term started, he's had nothing but scandals and problems. It's almost as if now that he's got what he wants (the 2nd term) he doesn't feel as though he's accountable for anything.

    Hmmm... seems kinda familiar.... almost like as if his carelessness and/or going against the grain was predicted in a movie or something. Nahhh... I must have dreamt that.

    September 8, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Wynter

    You get to be in charge of these things WHEN you are the POTUS, Sen. McCain.. NOT BEFORE!
    Threatening the POTUS with impeachment if he doesn't do exactly as you say? Go back to Arizona where the people don't listen to you there either! Congress doesn't have the power to force the Executive Branch to do it's will in matters of Defense or Military Action. Read up on it, McCain.

    September 8, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. JJ

    Total joke... Thought that he's the pro-war and pro-Poker supporter..

    September 8, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Jay

    There will not be an impeachment of the President just because McCain says so. He is not the final word for all things. He's sensationalizing a possible outcome. He speaks however as if he is the law giver and the law taker. His brash arrogance is what lost him his own personal run for the White House.

    September 8, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. HC

    God bless America ... No wonder we're a world laughting stock. how can this guy hold his possition ?

    September 8, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. John

    Coming from the King of Bungle that's pretty rich. You bungled in the jungle, on Iraq, the economy and especially choosing that backwoods bimbo.

    September 8, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Anonymous

    This man is senile. First, he supports boots on the ground and now he raises impeachment... get out of here McCain

    September 8, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. chiro2010

    Just a matter of time in my opinion... that is Obama getting impeached. How odd that all of a sudden the moment Obama's 2nd term started, it's been filled with nothing but scandal and policies that go against the grain of pretty much the entire country.

    I wanna say I had a dream about him doing this sort of thing... it's so familiar. Almost as if it was predicted in a movie about him. Nahhhh... I must have been dreaming.

    Repeal Obamacare... Repeal Obama...

    September 8, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. wut!?!

    McPain talks out of both ides of his mouth . . . if anyone's a war mongerer here it's him.

    September 8, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Kris

    Wag the dog...

    September 8, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. bobrimac

    Wait. What? First McCain wants to start a war in Syria, but wants to impeach Obama for doing it. Typical Republican lunacy.

    September 8, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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