McCain’s Moral Incoherence

McCain’s Moral Incoherence January 30, 2015

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing with several former secretaries of state testifying about various challenges to global security, including Henry Kissinger. When some protesters interrupted the meeting, he had them thrown out (which I’m fine with), but with this ridiculous statement:

Kissinger, the diplomat who was secretary of state under President Richard Nixon, as well as President Ronald Reagan secretary of state George Shultz and Madeleine Albright, who was secretary of state under President Bill Clinton, were on hand for a hearing on global security challenges.

As the hearing started, several protesters approached the table where Kissinger was seated, holding signs and shouting at him.

“I’ve been a member of this committee for many years and I have never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place,” McCain said.

“You know, you’re going to have to shut up or I’m going have you arrested,” he said, summoning Capitol Hill police.

And then, to a smattering of applause, McCain added: “Get out of here you low-life scum.”

Really, John? You’ve never seen anything as “disgraceful and outrageous and despicable” as a protest against someone who helped cause the death of at least a million people and helped install brutal dictators around the world? That seems far more disgraceful and outrageous than a protest. Sure, you have to have them removed from the room, but that statement is morally bankrupt. If you’re looking for low-life scum, take a look at Mr. Kissinger. Then look in the mirror.

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