If you have been following the news, you will know that the situation in the middle east is tense and over a 100,00 people have lost their lives recently in Syria according to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. This was one of the key discussions during the U.S. Congress meeting where a vote was to decide if the U.S will send missiles into Syria to stop the war.
Reports suggest that in the last 6 months, more than 100,000 civilians have fled the country and adopted a refugee status, while another 100,000 have lost their lives and there does not appear to be an amicable end in sight.
Hence, the discussions during the meeting were serious as members shared their views both for and against launching missiles into Syria.
However, someone oblivious to the situation at hand appeared to be Sen John McCain who was caught playing poker on iPhone during the meeting. McCain was captured on film when Melina Mara, a Washington Post photographer took a quick shot and posted the same immediately on the Post’s live blog.
Although the image lacks clarity, there is no doubt that John McCain was playing poker during the meeting, check out his reaction on the video below during an interview.
While the game of poker is popular amongst celebrities, politicians and sportsmen, there is no excuse for a Senator to be playing poker during a discussion that involves a nation going to war.
However, McCain did not appear phased by the picture as he later tweeted
Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing – worst of all I lost!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 3, 2013
McCain is a key figure and a one of the most well known senators and the message he is sending out, is one that is unsettling as Digg’s David Weiner rightly defined by writing
Haha, you’re right!. It’s absurd to expect someone who pushed us into two, now maybe three wars to give his full attention!
McCain’s stance on this issue is that he has already decided on the course of action for the strike and hence is happy with the way the White House is moving forward. Yet, his tweet and the attitude he has adopted after being photographed suggests not only a lack of seriousness but of arrogance as a strategic military decision that will most definitely result in loss of lives does deserve a more respected stance.
Unfortunately, Senator John McCain does not think so and his twitter remarks brought him a flood of abuse and sarcasm which could be summed up well with the following tweet
Yes, we shouldn’t expect our Senators to pay attention for 3 whole hours. It’s just bombing another country, after all!