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On the issue of foreign affairs, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has been wrong far more often than he’s been right. While appearing on CNN last week, McCain called for most of Pres. Obama’s national security staff to be fired and for the U.S. to increase its presence in Iraq now that the country has descended into sectarian strife. Given McCain’s track record, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) can’t understand why the media continues to take McCain seriously on foreign policy.
As Meeks pointed out while appearing on MSNBC’s “All In” with Chris Hayes on Monday evening, Meeks voted against the Iraq war and the media isn’t asking for his opinion.
While those who were completely wrong about Iraq, such as writer William Kristol and former envoy to Iraq Paul Bremmer, are being feverishly booked on mainstream media outlets, those who were right aren’t getting requests from media at all.
Hayes asked Meeks, “Is your office getting called to come on television to talk about Iraq?”
Meeks confirmed that no one’s beαting down his door to get an interview on Iraq, while hawks like McCain seem to be getting an undeserved amount of media attention.
“Why does the news media go to John McCain to ask him any time there’s anything happening, because you know he’s going to be, ‘go to war, send troops.’? It just doesn’t make sense,” Meeks said. “I would like to hear from other individuals, and there’s plenty on the Hill, who have a contrary view. They should be interviewed and asked about which way to go because they did get it right.”
Speaking of John McCain specifically, Meeks added, “Thank God the American people were smart enough not to elect him president of the United States.”