John McCain is having a bad week, politically. This is in no way a comparison to what he went through as a POW, but it is still a bad week. First, he lost the DADT battle, and then, his amendment to the START treaty failed. Let's get a little background first.
DADT(Don't Ask Don't Tell) is a policy enacted by President Clinton and Congress 17 years ago as a way to block the military from discovering if gay, lesbian, or bisexual soldiers were serving. It also restricted the military from barring gay, lesbian, or bisexual soldiers from enlisting. The premise of the policy was the solider could not disclose their sexual orientation or speak about their relationships. If they did, the soldier would be removed from the service.
START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) is actually two treaties. The first treaty was Â signed in 1991. The purpose of the treaty between the United States, and at the time, the USSR was to reduce the number of strategic weapons, such as ballistic missiles each country had. Five months after ratification, the USSR broke apart into four different territories or countries: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. The treaty expired in 2009 but the countries agreed to continue following the treaty until a new one was in place.
John McCain has been an opponent of both policies. First, he told the Washington Post, "The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, 'Senator, we ought to change the policy,' then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it." When the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs Chairman testified that they both supported repealing DADT, John McCain said he was "disappointed". "At this moment of immense hardship for our armed services, we should not be seeking to overturn the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy." He then declared he would filibuster to stop DADT. In the end, his efforts failed.
John McCain is against the START treaty because Russia is against the US building a missile defense system in Europe. Part of the preamble says Russia can withdraw if the system is built. He then proposed an amendment to change language so it does not discern offensive and defensive weapons. That amendment failed 59-37.
Unfortunately, John McCain has been on a losing streak since 2008.