Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Deep Dive Look at John McCain's Last Five Years in the Senate

By Adam Dick

Over the first five years of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s (RPI) existence, John McCain, the long-time Republican United States senator from Arizona, has often been a focus of the institute’s attention — though quite a bit less since his sickness removed him from much of his involvement in politics. This focus stems from McCain having been an exemplar in the US government of adherence to nearly the opposite agenda as the agenda supported by RPI Founder and Chairman Ron Paul.

While Ron Paul worked in the US House of Representatives and founded RPI to advocate for a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home, McCain was advocating for
war abroad and restraints on liberty at home.

As RPI Executive Director Daniel McAdams commented in an article in the institute’s first year, McCain was “the Energizer Bunny of interventionism.” With McCain’s death Saturday, the US Senate lost a major advocate for expansive intervention abroad and at home. Yet, there are many individuals in the US government who can be expected to take up the slack.

Many glowing accounts of McCain are being promoted in the media in these days after his death. For some balance, take a look at these articles focused on McCain at the RPI website:

Five Minutes Five Issues: Drug Dogs, McCain’s Award, NZ Marijuana, Amazon Rejection, Crime Lab” by Adam Dick, October 22, 2017
McCain As Metaphor” by Justin Raimondo, October 19, 2017
McCain Hammers Tillerson On Human Rights: Why The Panic?” by Daniel McAdams, May 9, 2017
Rand Paul Calls For Congress To Demand War Powers Authorization . . . John McCain Says Paul Is 'Wrong' and Alone In The Senate” by Jonathan Turley, April 9, 2017

John McCain Blasts Trump White House for Allowing Assad to Stay in Power” by Alex Christoforou, March 31, 2017
McCain and Montenegro: The Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory” by Justin Raimondo, March 21, 2017
Sen. McCain Explodes: 'Rand Paul is Working for Putin!'” March 15, 2017
McCain in Munich: The War Party Fights Back” by Justin Raimondo, February 20, 2017
The McCain Malady” by Charles Goyette, January 30, 2017
McCain's $5 Trillion Military Budget: Will It Make America Great Again?” by Daniel McAdams, January 19, 2017
‘John McCain Passed Dossier to Make Trump Look Bad; Now He’s Trying to Save His Hide’” interview with Daniel McAdams, January 18, 2017
Did John McCain 'Launder' Dodgy Trump Intel Dossier?” by Daniel McAdams, January 11, 2017
Election 'Hack' - Do We Believe Snowden And Assange...Or McCain And Graham?” by Daniel McAdams, December 12, 2016
McCain to Trump: Don't You Dare Make Peace with Russia!” by Daniel McAdams, November 15, 2016
Senators McCain and Corker Use Faulty Geography to Support US Arming Saudi Arabia” by Adam Dick, September 22, 2016
McCain's Nightmare - Dr. Kelli Ward For US Senate” by Daniel McAdams, August 4, 2016
Sen. McCain Attacks Due Process, Votes No Guns for Americans on Watch List” by Daniel McAdams, June 23, 2016
Sen. McCain Furious Iran Treated US Sailors Well” by Daniel McAdams, January 13, 2016
John McCain Wants to Shoot Down Russian Planes” by Daniel McAdams, October 1, 2015
Ukraine's American Finance Minister Asks John McCain for Weapons” by Daniel McAdams, April 21, 2015
McCain to Israel: Go Rogue!” by Daniel McAdams, March 31, 2015
McCain Stands With ISIS?” by Daniel McAdams, March 9, 2015
Nuland's Neocon Lies and McCain's Agony - McAdams and Taylor Week in Review” interview with Daniel McAdams, March 7, 2015
McCain 'Troubled' by Iranian Help With ISIS” by Daniel McAdams, March 3, 2015
Sen. McCain: 'I'm Ashamed of America'” by Daniel McAdams, February 23, 2015
Lawrence Wilkerson: Resist 'Warmonger' John McCain’s Call to Arm Ukraine” by Adam Dick, February 11, 2015
McCain Seeks to Protect US-Backed Terrorists From Other US-Backed Terrorists?” October 22, 2014
McCain: 'Vote For Us and We'll Start Another Bigger War!'” October 22, 2014
Where Does John McCain Want to Attack?” by Chis Rossini, October 13, 2014
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Reject ‘Raving Maniac’ John McCain; Cooler Heads Can Create Ukraine Peace” by Adam Dick, July 21, 2014
No Nation Left Un-Invaded: Sen. McCain Would Put US Military Into Nigeria In 'A New York Minute'” by David Stockman, May 14, 2014
McCain's Eleven Point Plan For War” by Daniel McAdams, March 18, 2014
Is John McCain Running For The Ukrainian Parliament?” by Chris Rossini, March 16. 2014
McCain: Why Aren't We At War Already?” by Daniel McAdams, March 13, 2014
McCain: ‘It’s Tragic’ There’s No U.S. Military Option In Ukraine” by Daniel McAdams, March 8, 2014
McCain and Graham Go To Work Against Iran Agreement” by Daniel McAdams, January 14, 2014
McCain in Ukraine: What Is He Really Up To?” interview with Daniel McAdams, December 17, 2013
Sen. McCain, Interventionism's ‘Energizer Bunny’” by Daniel McAdams, December 17, 2013
 “Religious Tolerance of McCain's Syrian Allies” by Daniel McAdams, October 28, 2013
McCain Taken Down Over Support for Al-Qaeda” by Daniel McAdams, October 24, 2013
McCain's Moderates Join Al-Qaeda” by Daniel McAdams, September 26, 2013
Ron Paul Institute’s McAdams Talks Syria, Vladimir Putin and John McCain’s Assessment of the Rebels” interview with Daniel McAdams, September 23, 2013
McCain and Graham: Let's Do Syria...NOW!” by Chris Rossini, August 25, 2013
RPI's McAdams Talks McCain and Neocons With Scott Horton” interview with Daniel McAdams, August 7, 2013
McCain: 'Vote For Berlin Wall!'” by Adam Dick, June 27, 2013
McCain's 'Moving Experience'” by Chris Rossini, May 30, 2013
McCain Spends Memorial Day with Al-Qaeda Allies” by Daniel McAdams, May 27, 2013

The above originally appeared at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

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