. The seriousness and grim importance of this hearing cannot be over emphasized! Heavy stuff, indeed.
Senator John McCain playing poker on his smart phone during the hearings.
Senator John McCain plays poker on his IPhone during a U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing where Secretary of State JohnKerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey testify concerning the use of force in Syria, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, Tuesday, September 3, 2013. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
Sen. Rand Paul's point in questioning was exactly on the money to make him the absolute darling of the media: this is not a hearing to determine a timely response to the atrocities committed by Assad and his use of chemical weapons, it is all about whether Obama "wins" or "loses".
When he learned of the picture, McCain posted a flippant response to Twitter. “Scandal!” he wrote. “Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing – worst of all I lost!”
While he may have made up his mind on the strike (he said yesterday he is confident in the direction the White House is moving), McCain’s game playing projected a certain lack of seriousness about a major strategic military decision. And, when some on Twitter saw his tweet, they lashed out in response:
“Haha, you’re right!” wrote Digg’s David Weiner. “It’s absurd to expect someone who pushed us into two, now maybe three wars to give his full attention!”
“OUR LEADERS ARE SHAPING THE COURSE OF HISTORY,” wrote Carlo Johnson of Brooklyn, New York.
“Yes, we shouldn’t expect our Senators to pay attention for 3 whole hours. It’s just bombing another country, after all!,” added astronomer and author Phil Plait.
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