Appearing on “Face the Nation” on February 21, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) denounced the policy of the United States towards the war in Ukraine. Speaking to CBS host Bob Schieffer, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said “I’m ashamed of my country, I’m ashamed of my president and I’m ashamed of myself that I haven’t done more to help these people.”
The outspoken Republican McCain said, “It is really, really heartbreaking,” in reference to the treatment Ukraine has received from the United States and other powers as the Central European nation battles with rebels backed by Russia. “I believe that German chancellor and president of France legitimized for the first time in 70 years the dismemberment of a country in Europe. It’s shameful. Vladimir Putin has not paid any price,” McCain said.
For his part, McCain wants the U.S. to provide weapons to Ukraine to combat Russian and pro-Russian forces. “Vladimir Putin wants Ukraine not to be part of Europe, and he is succeeding in doing so,” McCain added, saying “this is really a dark chapter in the history of our alliance.” While admitting that he does not foresee the commission of American ground forces, McCain said “The Ukrainians aren’t asking ofr American boots on the ground, that’s not the question here,” McCain said. “They’re asking for weapons to defend themselves and they’re being slaughtered and their military is being shattered.”
Host Schieffer told the senator that he had never heard him express shame for his country. McCain replied, “And I’m ashamed of myself,” McCain responded.
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