John McCain and many other Republican politicians suffer from something I call the "sucker denial syndrome" that I will explain. Everyone remembers someone who we all considered kind of arrogant while being insecure, and while also seeming to be constantly indecisive about most things. There were times when we all have been tricked into buying a ticket to a movie, a play, a musical performance, an art show, or some other form of public entertainment. I mean we were coerced to buy admission by advertising, hype, previews that later seemed to be the only entertaining part of a movie or show that was even slightly something we wanted to see. I have rented movies, bought books, even breakfast cereal because of the picture on the outside of the box.
We also know people who seem so insecure that they seem embarrassed to admit that they ever made a mistake in judgement. At least once in our lives, we have known someone who went to see the same movie or play that many people went to see, all of us being disappointed when the story or acting wasn't up to par with what we consider a good performance. Also, there is always someone who doesn't want to admit that he got tricked into going to see it, and it is like they don't want to admit being as gullible as the majority so they tell you why they enjoyed it. They memorize a weakly glamorized account of certain parts of it along with a handful of reasons that it meant "more to them" than it did to most people. They just don't want to admit that, like the rest of us, they got duped into paying for something that really sucked.
I liken many conservatives to that same type of denial. John McCain fought in Vietnam and considers it an insult to himself and other people to admit that many people died in that war, that he himself was captured and spent time as a prisoner of war during, and that the main reason we went to war in Vietnam is a mystery to most of us. Previous to the war, President Ike Eisenhower had taken a poll and found that South Vietnam was already at least 95 percent pro-communist, so, who were we really fighting for in Vietnam? We wanted to create an American "brand" so to speak, in all of Indonesia by taking over. We were fighting with people who were dug in and had the home court advantage and also knew guerrilla warfare like we had never seen before. If you want to know how sickeningly primative their ideology was, just look up the words Punji Stick and read about what things they were soaked in.
John McCain was served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. His father and grandfather were both Admirals in the Navy and so, he had an easier time of survival while being young and impetuous than most men his age. He has built his career on being a "hero" in Vietnam, despite the fact that he was flying in a restricted zone when shot down, and he had lost four planes previous to the one he was shot down in. It is my opinion that if he hadn't been the son and grandson of longtime veterans who were ranking admirals in the Navy that he probably would have been washed out in his first two years. But when he returned home, he was touted by a local Republican in Arizona, the owner of Hensley Trucking, as a "hero" who was in a POW camp and returned somewhat injured and physically disabled.
He also voted for "The Surge" (the dramatic sounding rhetoric name) in Iraq along with the members of the Bush Administration that many feel today should be labled as "war criminals". Most Americans, after seeing later on that we were tricked into being at least "supportive" of going after Sadaam Hussein, realize that we were sent to war under false pretenses. No one I know believes that Sadaam had a single thing to do with the 9/11 attacks, but Dick Cheney was still saying that, as late as the debate with John Kerry, during which time Senator Kerry asked very loudly, "When are you going to quit saying that?" Sadaam Hussein, according to everyone I read or hear now, was a sworn enemy and ideological opponent of Bin Laden so the two of them would NEVER have had anything to do with each other, and we really don't need to keep beating the dead horse about "Weapons of Mass Destruction" that caused the head of the CIA at the time to resign for being the one who told the U.S. that the WMD were a "slam dunk" situational fact. We now know through General Wesley Clark that the Bush administration already had become an ideological foreign policy coups and that they planned to invade and take over seven countries in five years, and that those plans were made by them much previous to the 9/11 attacks and that the attack was the opportunity they needed to put their plans into motion.
John McCain doesn't want to admit that he got tricked, like many of us were, into believing that the Karl Rove/Dick Cheney/Donald Rumsfeld fantasy "security threats" were merely fiction used to lead us to war in order for them to profit from their holdings in large security, oil, munitions, and military supply corporations. He is talking about Benghazi and Chuck Hagel's statement about "the surge" in Iraq being a mistake "similar to Vietnam" as if the two things are related. He is launching a personal agenda campaign against a man (Hagel) who was previously his friend - that he himself (McCain) had suggested would make a good secretary of state. This immature posturing and fanfare political drama is only about his own being embarrassed to admit that he was on the wrong side of the war issues for both Vietnam and Iraq and Hagel had the common sense and decency to admit he was wrong. McCain seems incapable of doing that very thing, admitting when he was wrong. So, instead of doing what is best for the country, the Republicans are opposing something that was actually their idea a while back. This is for one reason and one reason only. To try to find something the public will support them on that is in opposition of something the president is for. His hate and immature tantrums are holding back progress in this country. I don't know if his whole party is following suit or if in fact, they are the ones leading the charge and he is following suit but this divisive argumentative destructive openly hateful scorn like a jealous troll in a fantasy fairy tale is becoming obvious to everyone and even the mainstream media who usually gives Republicans great latitude, in not confronting their immature behavior, is talking about it.
All I have to say to any of them is four words.
Grow The Fuck UP.