September 7th, 2013
06:52 PM ET
10 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. TiredofBush

    Here goes John going back and forth. I am for letting the air fire power of taking care of business. But this is hardly the time to be talking 'Impeachment'.

    September 7, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  2. Michael Benjamin

    When will this fool just keep his mouth shut?

    September 7, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  3. Kris

    "A mistake consulting Congress..."

    He's the only one saying this, so he must be right.

    September 7, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  4. Jerry Schull

    So mr war-monger thinks Obama messed up. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    September 7, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  5. McSame

    John McSame is so pathetic, as are all republicans.

    I remember a time, not that long ago, when republicans like McSame were saying how unamerican it was to NOT support Bushy in his Iraq debacle. Way to rally around the President, senator McSame.

    So tell me senator: why do you hate America so much?

    September 7, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. us_1776

    McCain is a loose cannon.

    Go back to playing video poker, McAlzheimers.


    September 7, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    Well, now that "John" has given us his infinite wisdom and guidance, I can rest easy KNOWING that President Obama you know ("that one") the one we elected over you, will make the right decision.

    Good night.

    September 7, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. Jackie Rawlings

    McCain is right the plan made in the 90's failed because of Iraq. The need for Iraq oil and control for a position for an attack on Iran. So many joined in as the oil business men set up the Taliban as Gov. Bush invited them to tour the US as the 2 billion dollar deal to drill in Afghanistan. Former CIA and Unocal contractor Karzai was set to be President. With the lies and a weak Saddam he was the target. Israel waited as the US next move was Iran. McCain expressed that when he ran for President. McCain saw no Nation can trust the word of the US since the Bush lies. Obama refuses to go to War with Syria and this hurts the McCain/Graham/Cantor War Profiteer contractors as they did well witht the US wasting 3 Trillion dollars in Iraq alone. Few remember NATO joined in the Afghanistan mission but no one accepted the illegal invasion of Iraq and Bush had to pay UK, Australia and Poland. Obama better watch his back the War Hawks are working overtime.

    September 7, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  9. Dynan3

    How the frac would this tottering, senile warmonger know? He was playing poker and just raised the bet when he heard the buzzword...WAR! Please, Arizona....put his senile butt to bed...

    September 7, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  10. jkthompson1

    As if anyone cares what John McCain thinks anymore.

    September 7, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  11. Dynan3

    Friggin' chump is all I can think least he had Palin to back him up...and she's quite silent lately, no?

    September 7, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. Larry L

    McCain is a low-life. He's been the proponent for military action in Syria and was photographed sitting in group of terrorists. Now he makes critical comments about the President's attempts to provide military support? What a POS!

    September 8, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  13. sally

    Obama counted on more support from the EU than he got...these countries are sick of messing with the Middle East...Nothing ever gets settled. Now, even France is waffling. I don't think that "bungled" is the right's more like he misread the tea leaves. Obama should back off and let the UN play out on the topic. We definitely should not strike alone. McCain is correct about one thing...Obama risks a huge and awful reaction if he does that!

    September 8, 2013 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  14. DWT

    Not surprising to see McCain (the never-saw-a-conflict-we-shouldn't-intervene-in-guy) objecting that our intervention wasn't fast enough, although lacking any legislative input.

    September 8, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  15. muffintop

    Double agent!

    September 8, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  16. Anonymous

    These remarks coming from a presidential candidate that sang, "Bomb, bomb, bomb. Bomb, bomb Iran." What an idiot.

    September 8, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  17. Peter

    Thank God, this idiot John McShame did not win the 2008 presidential election. He would have doomed USA.

    September 8, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  18. John The Electrician

    Obama's plan is working perfectly. He's got everyone running around chasing their tails without firing a shot. Notice there hasn't been anymore chemical attacks.

    September 8, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  19. dave

    McCain PLZ shut your f–k'n mouth. If he had bombed without congressional approval we would never hear the end of it. I think a few drones and some well targeted strikes should get the point across. Otherwise the "red line" is meaningless.

    September 8, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  20. don in albuquerque

    Arizona needs to realize that this is about enough out of this loon.

    September 8, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  21. dave

    McCain PLZ shut your mouth. If he had bombed without congressional approval we would never hear the end of it. I think a few drones and some well targeted strikes should get the point across. Otherwise the "red line" is meaningless

    September 8, 2013 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  22. HJC

    I like and respect John McCain but he is just plain wrong about Syria at this juncture.

    September 8, 2013 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  23. ComeOnMan

    Sir, your honorable, Senator McCain, I don't get you. Right now you are talking out of both sides of your mouth because we know how much you loves the war. Sir when my a ss was beat good for staying outside too late, I never did that again. Why does war fascinate you so, especially given your level of service to this country that we can never repay?

    September 8, 2013 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  24. dick Delson

    Does McCain mean like George W. MORON screwed up Iraq and Afghanistan?
    Or like he picked one of the dumbest women on the planet, Sarah THE BIMBO Palin to be his running mate? The minute she opened her mouth, he was doomed to lose the election.

    September 8, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  25. chas

    McCain has one thing right, Obama dropped the ball on this. My guess, he does nothing. Next thing you know radical Islamist will get a hold of those weapons and you can kiss Israel good bye. Eventually they will make their way over here and your pacifistism will not help the poor souls they land on.

    September 8, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
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