Though Senator McCain Met With Wrong Syrians, Retired General Lays Blame on State Department

Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, a retired Army officer many recognize as the senior military analyst who appeared so many times on Fox News Channel from 2000 to 2007, told viewers of “The Steve Malzberg Show” that Sen. John McCain met with the wrong people during a recent secret trip to Syria. During the same interview, however, he reserved most of his criticism for Secretary of State John Kerry and his staff.

While not harshly critical of the Arizona Republican or his visit to the embattled Middle East nation, General Vallely pointed out that Senator McCain met with people who “really aren’t the ones who are the force behind the opposition.”

When asked whether he would call the meeting a “waste of time” or not, he said he thought it was good Senator McCain went over. Then his criticism of the State Department began.

“We can’t count on our Secretary of State or our State Department to do (it),” General Vallely said.

If you agree with General Vallely’s take on Senator McCain’s efforts, you might also appreciate the findings of my recently-released second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (Ret.)

On April 8, I published news of the general’s endorsement of the book as follows:

“Bob McCarty has uncovered a high-tech ‘turf war’ pitting those who want the best for our troops against others who seem to be focused on their own self-interests. Sadly, it seems the wrong people are winning this war. I highly recommend THE CLAPPER MEMO.”

The endorsement by General Vallely, who now serves as chair of two organizations, Stand Up America and Nemo Arms, Inc., stands as one of three heavyweight endorsements the book has received.

THE CLAPPER MEMO is available in paperback or ebook versions at Amazon.

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.