September 7th, 2013
06:52 PM ET
9 years 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.

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"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. jon

    Is there any way to just impeach McCain instead??

    September 7, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Dr. StrangeLove

    No moral high ground can be achieved when both parties are guilty of killing women and children.

    September 7, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. Beverly

    No action in Syria. The US needs to stay home. If the Arab Nations or the UN want to intervene, that's fine with me. For the US to take action on its own? NO

    September 7, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. 1twinsfan

    Hell, McCain is the one who suggested an in-country plan to install new leadership! That isn't what the POTUS suggested.

    September 7, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. John in Brooklyn

    Just when we thought McCain actually was sane again...he goes and turns all Tea Party. It's kinda like selecting Sarah Palin after showing that he wasn't part of the right wing loonies of the GOP back on 2008.

    September 7, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Northern

    The US should stay out of Civil Wars plane and simple. It's time the western world stop jumping into every conflict that comes up and let these countries figure their own crap out. Whenever we step in it just creates more problems that sap us of our tax dollars. Let China or India go help them seeing as they have the majority of our jobs now they can take the responsibility of helping the less fortunate.

    September 7, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Jim Rome

    We didn't elect you to start wars for Halliburton, we want you to stop the wars that Halliburton is starting.

    September 7, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. paul

    What a bungled up mess, not just OBAMA but the whole works of them senators, vice presidents,presidents, prime ministers ect, ect, ect, they are all monkeys on a string, pull one string they go up saying yes, yes of course, pull the other string they all go down no,no, of course not, any group of grade three students could run a country better than what we see, PRETAUREAS is the only stable person amongst them, McCAIN ????ain,t this the pilot the viet cong saved from his plane crashed ??? is he the same person that plays games on his cell phone while congress is in cession?? syria,s handleing?? what a disasterous mess...

    September 7, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  9. No

    Impeach him for violating the Logan Law and sending money to Egypt after the government was overthrown in a coup

    September 7, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. Dave

    Wow. McCain hits a new low...

    September 7, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. Mark Brunette

    Senator McCain is an old soldier who should have passed with the last ice age.

    September 7, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. Nick

    Dammed if you do. Dammed if you don't.

    September 7, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. Michael

    McCain. Palin. Flip Flop.
    John retire. Rocking chair. Sit.

    September 7, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. Bugl3t

    McCain is trying to have his cake and eat it, too. You KNOW he wants boots on the ground, but he hasn't figured out which side is the winning side yet. So... CYA is the order of the day.

    September 7, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  15. Chimp

    Really? He is both for and against it, and he he agrees with Obama, but will impeach if Obama goes through with it?

    Well played McCain, you have both covered and uncovered all of your bases.

    September 7, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. TheRonin

    Interesting, McCain should know that firing missiles into a civil war torn country is more than likely going to lead to some form of war...especially in this case. Sound like certain republicans are setting Obama up for a big fall....approving the missiles but once it escalates stabbing him in the back in an attempt to get political backing and potentially a presidential election.


    September 7, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  17. Desel

    Mr. McCain is such a hypocrite. Where was the talk of impeachment when President Bush lied to the nation and entered us into a decade long war in Iraq.

    September 7, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. Gambi

    No you don't warn them (the military) but you do give innocent civilians a chance to evacuate. Sure the military can move their weapons etc. but with all of our satellite surveilance we know where they are. Please you ranted and raved for months about the President not responding to the Syrian crisis now you rant and rave about him doing so. No matter what this President suggests he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

    September 7, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  19. CopperMiner

    The administration has already warned the Assad regime exactly where the attack would take place so they can be prepared. it's all for show. Don't bother.

    September 7, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. richard

    unlike twiggy it appears to me that this president tries to do the legal ethilcal thing

    September 7, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. Mike

    What happened to Bush when he invaded Iraq? Did he face impeachment? Because Obama is a Black President, he has to face inpeachment

    September 7, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    If McCain had been elected, we would have bombed EVERYONE who looked at us funny by now.

    September 7, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  23. Van Krunk

    Impeach and McCain.....those words just go together.

    September 7, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  24. Geoff

    McCain is such a loose cannon. Just go play some more poker and leave the decisions to the people paying attention.

    September 7, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  25. Charly (Plantation)

    This man (McCain) is so irrelevant nowadays!!!!! Wait, there was never a time when he was relevant.!

    September 7, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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