Sen. John McCain will visit the Ukraine in the wake of a violent government crackdown on protesters in the capital of Kiev. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers told The Daily Beast that the senator will spend the weekend in the country, meeting with government officials and opposition leaders. "If Ukraine's government thinks that brute force and the politics of fear can see it through the current crisis," McCain wrote earlier this week, "it is woefully mistaken." It is likely that he will have even more strong words for the government in person. This is good news, because John McCain has a lot of experience visiting countries in the midst of a crisis.
In August, for instance, John McCain and Lindsey Graham flew to Cairo to solve the Egypt crisis, because, in McCain's words, they "have credibility with everybody there." In the wake of the Egyptian military's coup against president Mohammed Morsi, the pair of Senate hawks had some strong words for the interim military government. And now, everything in Egypt is fine.
That was far from the first time McCain dropped into a country in crisis and fixed things. In May, John McCain secretly crossed the border into Syria in order to meet with armed opposition groups fighting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Best wishes to @SenJohnMcCain in Syria today. If he doesn't make it back calling dibs on his office.— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) May 27, 2013
Rebel leaders in the country asked McCain to help convince the White House to provide lethal aid, a no fly zone, and strikes against Hezbollah and the Syrian regime in order to aid their efforts. Success No. 2.
In April of 2011, McCain visited the Benghazi stronghold of the Libyan rebels, shortly after the U.S. joined NATO military action against the regime of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Qaddafi, who died in October of that year, was not a stranger to McCain.
Late evening with Col. Qadhafi at his "ranch" in Libya - interesting meeting with an interesting man.— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 15, 2009
After his 2011 visit, McCain called for increased military action against the Qaddafi regime. Perfect three out of three.
In all fairness, however, international diplomacy isn't exactly the easiest thing to do in the world. McCain's international problem solving visits, then, might just be a good indication that a country is mired in a deeply complicated crisis, often into which McCain believes the U.S. should intervene, rather than the beginning of a beautiful friendship.