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While Colleagues Debate War, John McCain Plays Poker On iPhone

Senator Gets Bored During Discussions About Bombing Syria

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This might not be the kind of attention that poker fans were hoping for their beloved game from members of Congress.

While the ruling class on Capitol Hill weighs its options on whether to oblige the military-industrial complex and commit to its next war in some country that most of the American public knows little to nothing about under the guise of U.S. morality, Sen. John McCain took a break to play poker on his iPhone. (Don’t worry, it wasn’t for real money.)

The photo, captured by a photographer Melina Mara at The Washington Post, has made its rounds on the Internet, generating much criticism. However, the elected official from Arizona was unapologetic about the whole thing.

The photo was taken Tuesday during an U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing where Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey all testified about possibly bombing Syria.

McCain, 77, would have been President of the United States had he defeated his fellow war-loving politician Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

McCain later appeared on CNN, laughing and telling the network’s Wolf Blitzer, “As much as I like to always listen with rapt attention constantly (to) remarks of my colleagues over a three and a half period, occasionally I get a little bored and so I resorted. But the worst thing about it is I lost thousands of dollars in this game.”

Blitzer, who works for the self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in News,” proceeded to take it easy on McCain by making sure it wasn’t for actual money.

 
 
 
 

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adbuster2375
almost 8 years ago

Thanks God it wasn't for real money. That would have been oh so bad. Good job sticking it to him mainstream mediadonks.

 
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Oswald
almost 8 years ago

What was "oh so bad" was that he had just limped Q2o from UTG. To think we have these crazy risk-takers gambling with soldiers' lives.

 
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WeakFish
almost 8 years ago

Wow, great writing in this article. What a change from normal Card Player fare. This article had a point of view, political depth, and wit. If all Card Player articles were written with a similarly sophisticated sense of audience, I would become a subscriber once again. Please keep this writer on staff.

 
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JacksCaRnAgE
almost 8 years ago

Agreed! Good article

 
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Iklwa
almost 8 years ago

There are valid arguments to be made for and against intervention, but citing the average Americans appalling ignorance of geography, history, or current events are not among them. Any American who doesn't know at least a little about Syria by now is living in a bubble.

 
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ccg39761
almost 8 years ago

There are NO valid arguments to be made in favor of intervention. Intervention breeds intervention and provokes anger and hatred of our country around the world. The purpose of the US military is to protect American property and American rule of law and not to act as the policeman of the world. The intervention they are talking about in Washingtonian is against international law and the US cannot afford it financially as our government is going into bankruptcy. Thomas Jefferson's foreign policy of free trade and non-entanglement in the internal affairs of other nations should be the model for US foreign policy. The Bush doctrine and the neoconservative philosophy be damned.

 
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AceupmySlv
almost 8 years ago

Good comment ccg. Agreed, although sometimes we do have to be proactive abroad to ensure our own safety. That said, almost none of what we have done since World War II has fallen under that category, this included.

 
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