June 19th, 2011
03:11 PM ET

McCain slams GOP hopefuls' 'isolationism'

Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, took aim Sunday at the field of contenders for the 2012 GOP nomination, accusing them of "isolationism."

"We cannot repeat the lessons of the 1930s, when the United States of America stood by while bad things happened in the world," McCain said in an interview with ABC's "This Week."

Citing what he viewed as the GOP presidential hopefuls' positions in general on both Libya and Afghanistan, McCain said, "We are the lead nation in the world, and America matters, and we must lead. But sometimes that leadership entails sacrifice, sadly."

Asked about a threat by House Speaker John Boehner to consider cutting funding for U.S. involvement in the NATO-led military mission, McCain, R-Arizona, responded, "I was more concerned about what the candidates in New Hampshire the other night said," referring to a CNN debate among seven people seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

"This is isolationism," McCain said. "There's always been an isolationist strain in the Republican Party, the Pat Buchanan wing of our party. But now it seems to have moved more center stage, so to speak."

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    "We cannot repeat the lessons of the 1930s, when the United States of America stood by while bad things happened in the world," McCain said in an interview with ABC's "This Week."

    this makes total sense... jsut think if we had not got invovled in ww2 and the germans won... we would be surrounded by 6 foot tall blonde german women..with blue eyes...

    thank god we helped and made the world a good place like it is now...

    June 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Excuse me, imma good German, I love my oktoberfest!

      June 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |

      Sorry folks, I never posted that idiotic statement above. In fact, isolationism is an extremely good idea whose time has come no matter how many right-wing nutjobs rant against it. The U.S. soarly needs to learn to mind it's own business since not doing so causes so much trouble in the world today!

      June 20, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |

      @FAKE NUTT

      bad troll... shoo shoo back in your cave...

      June 20, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Oh, stop it, Ruffie!

    June 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    We were standing around in bread lines in the 30s. We couldn't afford bread so we sure as heck couldn't afford to "save" other people from their own governments. And we are in much deeper debt per capita today than we were back then. Even though we can't afford these invasions and occupations of other countries, we still "get 'er done" somehow.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kaphen DePriest

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who will actually end the wars, bring our troops home safely and save a trillion dollars a year in the process.

    Maybe we could use that money to help us get out of debt or to keep social security solvent.


    June 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @kaphen: He's libertarian. Don't count on social security with him as president. Not that that's a bad thing..

      June 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Kaphen has a point. Ron Paul would audit the Federal Reserve. Exaclty why he'll never be elected. Both democrat and republican leaders have refused to allow this audit since the Fed was created! We all know that the Fed is a big part of our economy, with there never being an audit, there is no way of knowing just how big. No, the Fed is something ron Paul will never be allowed to mess with.

    June 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
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      June 20, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. beachrat

    Thank you John , one of the few republicans that are not totally whacked, also romney, and huntsman, but they dont have a chance,.

    June 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. @beachrat

    He may not be whacked, but he's senile.

    June 19, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    Isolationists? If itonly were so! If they could just isolate themselves from the public, like they were in quarantine, 'til the election is over, that would be such a welcome relief!

    June 20, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      I tend to agree with the true RUFFNUTT above. Our aggressive foreign policies have caused far more damage around the world than did any good at all. Like RUFFNUTT says, we need to mind our own business and take care of our own problems.

      June 20, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Regardless of the degree of isolation most beneficial to this country, McCain's thinking is not of this time.
    "Just fade away." Please.

    June 20, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    This idiot McCain & the likes of him with this mindset are responsible for where this nation stands today.
    Embroiled in four (Yemen too) military conflicts, almost bankrupt , having lost our credibility, influence and prestige world wide.
    These pompous ignoramuses who have always been part of the problem are sure to land us in another disaster -Iran, if they are allowed to have their way.
    For the sake of this country we need to stand up to them.

    June 20, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Very well stated, saywhat. I totally agree. These politicians (like John McCain), along with the ignorant people who vote them into office will be the very death of this country!

      June 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fred

    Yeah, it's the war-mongers fault people hate US. It has nothing to do with US consuming so much food that we struggle with obesity while these people who are supposed to look-up to US are starved, does it. Imagine the looks on peoples faces if one of our "take this pill, eat all you want, no weight gain" TV commercials ran in a developing country. Dang war-mongers.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    The thing is war is big business & very lucrative to a select few who either have the power to declare military action or to persuade those who do! Also we turned Iraq upside down & can't leave until we've stabilized the area. To leave now could be detrimental to our safety as a nation. That's the legacy of war; it doesn't result in peace & leaves devastation & instability behind. I hope our current & future leaders learn a lesson from this. War may be lucrative for some, the rest of us pay through the nose, & once your in war it's hard to extract yourself!

    June 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |